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“Day user or camper...all good” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ponderosa State Park

Ponderosa State Park
Ranked #2 of 21 things to do in McCall
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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 and camping facilities. During winter months the park has groomed Nordic Ski trails and snowshoe trals.
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26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Day user or camper...all good”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2013

This park is BIG! camping, berry picking, hiking, swimming, horseshoes, swimming, and kayaking are just diversions from the beautiful views. Because others have reviewed summer in the park, and all they have written is absolutely true, may I also add that this park is an all year delight. Fall is beautiful with gentle, cool breezes. Wear a fleece, and light gloves, and bike on the paved trails. You will not see many other people. The trees are beautiful, and the smells are all ponderosa pines in transition. In winter, cross country ski trails are groomed, and are varied enough for all levels of skiers, including beginners.

Visited August 2013
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English first
Nampa, Idaho
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95 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“What a beautiful place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2013

We camped here for 3 nights. Beautiful setting, tall pine trees for shade. Every site has a fire pit and W/E, and there are nice restrooms and showers. Lots of trails to hike or bike. Scenic drive is lovely, deer can be seen at dusk. Picnic areas by the lake are wonderful. Swimming, boating. Canoes for rent. We found a meadow along the scenic drive where we picked lots of fresh wild huckleberries. Now we are back home and today I make freezer jam! We will definitely be back!

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Ruth G
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Sisters, Oregon
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74 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Fun on the lake without a motor boat”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2013

On the northwest end of Payette Lake there is a State Park area with a vendor that offers rentals of canoes, kayaks, etc. You must pay $5 to park in this area. You can paddle up the river and into the marshy areas north of the lake. It is very peaceful and fun. We highly recommend this activity for anyone who visits McCall.

Visited July 2013
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McCall, Idaho
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43 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Love it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

Great for hiking and picnicking. We always take visitors up to Osprey Point to see Payette Lake and surrounding mountains in all of its splendor. It never ceases to amaze. Bring your cameras!

Visited July 2013
2 Thank Linda S
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Phoenix, Arizona
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Biking through the park”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2013

We rented bikes in McCall and rode them through the park. There are nice well marked trails for biking and hiking. We saw several deer and the trail had a great view of the lake.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Biker1355
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