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Payette Lake

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Address: McCall, ID
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+1 208-634-0700
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A 5,330-acre lake near the resort town of McCall.

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Lovely water

The lake is very lovely from all angles. We would have loved to paddleboard but it was too cold for us. That did not stop other folks from heading out on the water though. We are... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Jean R
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Utah
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Utah
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99 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The lake is very lovely from all angles. We would have loved to paddleboard but it was too cold for us. That did not stop other folks from heading out on the water though. We are looking forward to returning in the summer.

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Thank Jean R
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What fun to watch ice sculptures created by carvers at Depot Park in McCall, wander around this charming, friendly city to see prize winning carved ice creations, take the ski chair lift to the panoramic view of Central Mountains and to climb aboard the first place winning log train sculpture to hang out with the icy conductor. We dined at... More 

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Thank Ginnie H
Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This lake is great during the summer and winter months. When it is frozen in the winter you can walk on it! During summer it is great for boating or swimming!

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Thank Lemhi
McCall, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

Beautiful lake to enjoy a myriad of activities. Water ski, jet ski, kayak, canoe, paddle board. The north end of the lake allows access up the Payette River. Wildlife watching at it's best. Sate Park (Ponderosa) campground on the north end of lake. Scenic drive all the way around the lake. Great views.

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Thank JLSnaffle
Sandwich, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

Took a drive on the eastern side of the lake to the farthest north beach. The roads on the inside of the park were closed by this time - late November

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Thank hamildh
Underwood, Washington
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

This lake is beautiful and we drove all the way around it. Not to many places to access the beach without paying to get in a park. It is so natural looking because they have not built it up much. The park down town has access to the beach and has signs with the history about the area.

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Thank Leilani D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

McCall and Payette lake is one of the most scenic places in Idaho. We rent a boat 2-3 times a year and have had an absolute blast every time. Mile High Marina has great rates while the Shore Lodge has some fun higher end equipment. Can't go wrong and with small children a pontoon boat is safe and fun.

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Thank Ropetime
Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Great place for all you who like to take pics.We started off from Shore Lodge where we were staying, and took a drive around the lake. About a 2 hour road trip including stops.Bring some picnic munchies. Be sure to stop at all the places to pull over and check the view. We made it back in time for Happy... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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88 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

I visited the area in October and went to the lake in the afternoon the first day and at dawn/early morning the next...Wow! Beautiful doesn't begin to describe it. The lake was like glass and it was quiet (I went to the state park). I picked the perfect time to go! Mid October!

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Thank Justbreathe2000
Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Beautiful location for a romantic picnic for my birthday! We come to McCall every year for my birthday and always stop by this lake and my husband makes this fantastic picnic for us to enjoy and the beautiful scenery of the lake make the perfect setting!

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