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Payette Lake

McCall, ID
+1 208-634-0700
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A most beautiful lake, but definitely not THE most beautiful in Idaho.

If you are the sort that loves a lakeside village, Payette lake really is quite attractive. One can... read more

Reviewed 13 January 2016
Nampa, Idaho
Winter wonderland

December and the lake is absolutely gorgeous. A fresh coating of snow around its edges and on all... read more

Reviewed 6 December 2015
Boise, Idaho
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A 5,330-acre lake near the resort town of McCall.
  • Excellent87%
  • Very good11%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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McCall, ID
+1 208-634-0700
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Reviewed 13 January 2016

If you are the sort that loves a lakeside village, Payette lake really is quite attractive. One can drive almost all the way around it. Adorned with many expensive properties, this lake is the place to be for many of the Idaho affluent living in...More

Thank nogrey
Reviewed 6 December 2015 via mobile

December and the lake is absolutely gorgeous. A fresh coating of snow around its edges and on all of the trees make it a beautiful sight.

1  Thank Ahems
Reviewed 2 December 2015

My favorite place to vacation. Most beautiful place in the world. We vacationed there every year growing up. Was so happy to go back this summer.

Thank tmason13
Reviewed 11 October 2015

For those who are not athletic, the view of the lake is breathtaking. For those who are athletic, the myriad of lake-related sporting available year-round is sure to please!!!

Thank VictoriaJoy
Reviewed 9 October 2015

We are looking for somewhere to retire and we loved this area. We loved the trees and the areas within the trees. There is a lot of outdoor activities in all seasons.

1  Thank ChildoftheVille
Reviewed 20 September 2015 via mobile

What a beautiful Lake and clean beach. The bathrooms are very new and upkept also. You can rent boats, paddleboards. Coffee and shops directly across the street.

1  Thank Cheri D
Reviewed 14 September 2015

My wife and I visited McCall for a bit and hung out by the lake. The scenery of a lake in the mountains was fantastic! We liked everything about being there. The scenery was superb, the people were friendly, and the beach was clean!! The...More

1  Thank BD R
Reviewed 10 September 2015

Payette Lake is 26 miles around. It's shaped like an upside down Y with Ponderosa Park filling in the top of the Y. Ponderosa park is wooded, with camping sites for RV's and tents occupying only a small portion of it. There are hiking trails...More

Thank Susan R
Reviewed 9 September 2015

Sharlie is the lake monster (think Lach Ness). The lake has sail boats, parks, beaches, playgrounds and great fishing. You can dine on the lakeside or go boating, or just relax. The views are wonderful. Visit the lake, it's worth the trip!

1  Thank Al T
Reviewed 30 August 2015

Love Payette Lake (shouldn't say that, don't want it to get to crowded). My 4th time there, was very smokey from all the fires this time. Rented a boat for a day cruised the whole lake, I feel the boats are expensive to rent, however...More

1  Thank deserttaz
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9.81 miles away
Brundage Mountain
119 reviews
13.53 miles away
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Can you rent bikes, paddle boards or kayaks? If so, what is the best location?
28 June 2016|
Response from Chad S | Reviewed this property |
Not sure on the best location, but there were tons of businesses to choose from. So yes, you can rent all of those things and more.
Can you rent a boat
7 May 2016|
Response from Chad S | Reviewed this property |
Where in the world is the Payette Lake pubic beach? How to get there from the main road?
17 April 2016|
Response from nogrey | Reviewed this property |
There are several access areas. I'd just ask one of the locals, but the campgrounds offers a beach, and there is a walkway from some of the shops in the downtown area. You can drive nearly all the way around the lake and... More