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Camping and so much more

Great camping spot for all ages, clean bathroom & hot shower. You'll be camping next to all the... read more

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Lots to do for all ages

We visited the park in a group of 25 and had people ages 3 to 75 with us. Some of the adults went... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Located just 1.5 miles from downtown McCall, Ponderosa State Park is a year round destination park. Covering a thousand-acre peninsula that juts into Payette Lake, this picturesque state park offers guided walks with naturalists, campfire programs...more
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1920 N Davis Ave, McCall, ID 83638
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Reviewed yesterday

Great camping spot for all ages, clean bathroom & hot shower. You'll be camping next to all the other campers, not much room to spread out.weekends crowds can get rowdy & noisy till 2-3 am. Great bike paths and easy access to the lake. Don't...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited the park in a group of 25 and had people ages 3 to 75 with us. Some of the adults went hiking early in the morning on an inland hike. The hike was well shaded. Lots of mosquitoes that early (7-8 in the...More

Thank preslor
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

No one knew what was going on. I asked simple questions like where is a good place to bird and got the "deer in the headlights" stare from people at the information desk. Lots of people camping, but this was not for me.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The park was stunning, lots to do, plenty of huckleberries, and the staff was fantastic. Going to make this an annual trip!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went in the middle of the summer on the weekend and I believe everyone from Boise showed up. Way, way, way too busy. I imagine this place is very charming and wonderful during the middle of the week or in the offseason.

Thank Ahems
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve camped many places, but nothing compares to the natural beauty of Payette Lake and Ponderosa State Park. The camp sites fill up super fast. They let you make reservations 9 months in advance and so each year we mark the calendar so we don’t...More

Thank William W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a huge park with a wide variety of things to do, trails to hike (GREAT XC skiing in winter), beaches to swim and loads of campsites. But it is the outstanding beauty that will stick with you.

Thank Marcia B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a lovely picnic by the lake yesterday - the weather was just right and the spot we picked had a little beach and the water was a great not too cold temperature. I got in a lot of swimming and floating in an...More

Thank Erica V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a dinner at the park as part of our business conference. The location is amazing, with incredible views. This location is a great place for seeing the lake too.

Thank Thomas L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We drove to the top one day and went through many varieties of mountain wildflowers. Incredible views and photo ops. Another day rode bicycles to top.

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26 June 2018|
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Response from John B | Reviewed this property |
19 January 2017|
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Response from 85tropicgirl | Reviewed this property |
The park map should have the maximum foot length on the campsites where you make reservations. My favorite are the loops in the old part, Aspen, Blackberry, Chokecherry.
Stan R
26 July 2016|
Response from IowaEmptynesters | Reviewed this property |
Stan, sorry we can't give you any feedback on the campsites other than it all looked pretty in there. We were only spending the day there. Fishing was not good for us or anyone else that we could see in the area.