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Payette Lake

McCall, ID
+1 208-634-0700
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The Tahoe of Idaho

The lake is beautiful. Numerous parks, marina, beaches and places for families. Boating, fishing... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Stefani1220
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San Jose, California
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Best Lake Town

We try to visit here once a year. It's a beautiful lake and great small town with good eating and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
tigerlily
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Pocatello, ID
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A 5,330-acre lake near the resort town of McCall.
  • Excellent88%
  • Very good10%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“jet ski” (8 reviews)
“clear water” (6 reviews)
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McCall, ID
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+1 208-634-0700
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"jet ski"
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"paddle boarding"
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"clear water"
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"water skiing"
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"high mountain"
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"shore lodge"
in 7 reviews
"water sports"
in 5 reviews
"beautiful spot"
in 3 reviews
"few days"
in 7 reviews
"pontoon boat"
in 4 reviews
"small town"
in 4 reviews
"ponderosa state park"
in 9 reviews
"the north end"
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"year round"
in 3 reviews
"whole family"
in 4 reviews
"get away"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The lake is beautiful. Numerous parks, marina, beaches and places for families. Boating, fishing and swimming during warm months. Outstanding views of the mountains.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We try to visit here once a year. It's a beautiful lake and great small town with good eating and lots of outdoor activities.

Thank tigerlily
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Reviewed March 6, 2018

To those who live in McCall this lake always stuns and outstands. For those visiting the area it must make them wonder why anyone would chose to be anywhere else. A great place to swim, play, water ski, canoe or just to take in the...More

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Reviewed March 5, 2018

One of our favorite things to do when in McCall is to drive through Ponderosa State Park ($). Drive all the way to the top of the mountain and climb to the overlook. We've done it for years, and now do it with our grandkids....More

Thank Ashley_and_Katrin
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Reviewed February 28, 2018

We’re here to ski this February and are really enjoying the gorgeous powder at nearby Brundage. Lots of choices for dining and lodging in McCall.

Thank fava
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Reviewed February 26, 2018

We drove part way around the lake and it's really beautiful. What a lovely setting for the town of McCall. I wish we'd had the time to go for a boat ride on the lake.

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Reviewed February 8, 2018

Beautiful natural lake in central Idaho. Fairly developed with lots of homes around the lake. Public access is only available at certain areas. Lake side owners are pretty possessive of their property. There are lots of areas near the lake to explore. Excellent State Park...More

Thank timothymD8364JX
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Reviewed February 7, 2018

We have been here both winter and summer and have enjoyed it in both seasons. Any time of year the view across the lake is of snow capped peaks. Boating, fishing and swimming are popular pastimes. The air is clear and smog free. We lovevit.

Thank GrandmaM59
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Reviewed January 11, 2018

Now that North Beach had cracked down on drunken teenagers it is a much better place. Go kayaking in the river or just play in the sand with the kids.

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Reviewed January 2, 2018

Every time I go, I enjoy the short beach time. The town is small and tourist friendly. Avoid the Chapalla Mexican restaurant, their menu prices do not match what they charge you.

Thank DougRoyer
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Hotel McCall
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.08 km away
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179 reviews
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Nearby Restaurants
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192 reviews
.15 km away
Steamers Steak & Seafood
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.13 km away
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.24 km away
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296 reviews
.09 km away
Nearby Attractions
Ponderosa State Park
213 reviews
1.58 km away
Manchester Ice & Event Center
19 reviews
.26 km away
Central Idaho Historical Museum
6 reviews
1.00 km away
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docdoc2020
December 18, 2017|
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Response from Chris K | Reviewed this property |
Good snow skiing at Brundage with new snow
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Tightywhities
November 6, 2017|
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Response from Chris K | Reviewed this property |
Not too far, less than 3 miles. Weather in June could vary from cool 50 to 80. I am unaware of lakeside camping but 2 Recreation vehicle campgrounds in town. Also Ponderosa State Park has reserved camping and it is very... More
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Minta S
July 12, 2017|
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Response from tonicesena | Reviewed this property |
As far as I'm aware and been able to find out beach fires are only allowed in fire pits and the pits don't seem to be available on the public beaches. Try checking with the National Forest Service
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