Ponderosa State Park
McCall, Idaho
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Ponderosa State Park in McCall, Idaho.
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Ponderosa State Park covers most of a 1,000-acre peninsula that juts into Payette Lake, just outside McCall. The character of the park is molded by its diverse topography. It ranges from arid sagebrush flats to a lakeside trail; from flat, even ground to steep cliffs; and from dense forest to spongy marsh. Nature trails and gravel roads have been developed so visitors can enjoy these areas. Camping is available in the park and nearby at the McCall Outdoor Science School. Winter activities include Nordic skiing and snowshoeing.

You can RV, tent or yurt camp at Ponderosa. Additional camping is also available at the nearby, McCall Outdoor Science School. For camping at the park please check on line at www.parksandrecreation.idaho.gov.

North Beach Area
At the north end of Payette Lake lies the 500-acre North Beach Unit with the largest public sandy beach on the lake. North West Passage Campground has 22 non-reservable sites offering central water and vault toilets The Payette River winds placidly through timbered country and provides excellent canoeing. The area is also a sanctuary for wildlife including moose, deer, ducks, fish and numerous small fur-bearing animals.

Cross Country Skiing
Home to one of Idaho's Premium Nordic Ski Grooming opportunities, Ponderosa State Park boasts 14.3 miles of groomed trails - 23 kilometers. Nordic trails range from recreational to competition to accommodate all abilities.
The park also has 3.4 miles of designated snowshoe trails through the forest that offer viewpoints of the lake.

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General Location: McCall, ID (East Lake Drive, Off SH 55- Miles Standish Rd)
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By Jennifer (Jeni) from Boise, ID on 9/7/2019
5  out of 5 
"We took a short 1.4 mile hike and then had a picnic lunch in the Day Use area. It is very beautiful and peaceful at the park."
Good Value: 3  out of 3 | Met Expectations: 3  out of 3 | Do again? 3  out of 3

By Miren on 7/25/2017
5  out of 5 
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Good Value: 3  out of 3 | Met Expectations: 3  out of 3 | Do again? 3  out of 3

By Thomas from Middleton, Idaho on 10/2/2016
5  out of 5 
"Road needs some work."
Good Value: 3  out of 3 | Met Expectations: 3  out of 3 | Do again? 3  out of 3

By Doranne from Springfield, IL on 7/13/2016
4  out of 5 
"Our kids were looking for frogs in the bog and couldn't find any. Maybe the frogs were hiding from the birds of prey, which were fun to watch."
Good Value: 3  out of 3 | Met Expectations: 2  out of 3 | Do again? 3  out of 3

By Aaron from Boise, ID on 1/14/2016
5  out of 5 
"We went in the winter and used the Nordic ski trails. They were still groomed and beautiful."
Good Value: 3  out of 3 | Met Expectations: 3  out of 3 | Do again? 3  out of 3

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