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“Magnificent Views, clean air...”
Review of Payette Lake

Payette Lake
Ranked #1 of 22 things to do in McCall
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A 5,330-acre lake near the resort town of McCall.
Los Angeles, California
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Magnificent Views, clean air...”
Reviewed 31 July 2014

Stayed in a condo for a couple of weeks at Payette Lake, absolutely amazing views of the lake and surrounding hills. Plenty to do from Jet Skiing to paddle boarding to canoeing as well as an awesome backdrop for a glass of wine. Number of good rental companies around the lake and In McCall to ensure you had everything required.

Visited July 2014
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eureka, il
Level 6 Contributor
253 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Beautiful, clean lake”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

A really large lake which was crystal clear! We took a catamaran boat and enjoyed looking at the huge homes along the lake. We stopped at one of the many beaches and swam awhile. The water was fairly cool but so refreshing!
When we stopped at the beach they were cleaning the restroom facilities-keeping them spotless. it was great!

Visited April 2014
1 Thank nurse4death
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Columbus, Ohio, USA
Level 6 Contributor
684 reviews
277 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 246 helpful votes
“Gorgeous clean lake”
Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

The water is so clean that we can see the bottom fifty feet or more from the shore. The water is cold early in the summer, but by later July, it really warms up. We have been coming from Columbus, Ohio, to McCall, Idaho, for seventeen years so we have seen big changes in town but the lake remains a constant source of beauty! Some of our family live in Boise so we try to get together with them every other year in Idaho. Luckily, they have a boat and other water toys so we are able to take full advantage of the lake. I agree with many of the other reviewers that it's a secret gold mine that we hope masses of people do not discover. We like to think of it as our own special place.

Visited June 2014
3 Thank teachers55
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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Level 5 Contributor
34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“about as close to a beach as you'll get in Idaho”
Reviewed 4 June 2014

The lake is really cool. You can ski on it in the summer, go to the "beach", camp on the shores or near the lake, and even check out Simplot's floating pool from the lookout point. During the winter, it freezes completely over and people actually go staking or whatever else on it. Sounds like a bad idea to me, but cool for them I guess. What's cool about McCall and Payette Lake is that it's in Idaho and because of that, no one in the states (and especially from other countries) will think there's anything cool there. The stereotype of Idaho is pretty strong. However, if McCall were in California, it would be just as big as Tahoe. It's absolutely gorgeous up there. The lake is a focal point of that, too. Anything outdoors you want to do you can do in McCall and anything water or ice related, you can do on Payette Lake.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank CarsonAllen
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Boise, Idaho
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great Place”
Reviewed 5 May 2014

Great lake. We went out when there was no one else out and had fun. I haven't tried fishing there yet, but Kayaking is a great time for the family. The people are also friendly and not stuck up like some other vacation towns. Hope it stay's that way.

Visited May 2014
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