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Ponderosa State Park, McCall

(4.7/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web)
Ponderosa State Park is a state park in Valley County, Idaho, United States. The park preserves a peninsula in Payette Lake north of McCall. The park has hiking and biking trails, guided walks, evening programs, beach, picnic area, and opportunities for skiing, snowshoeing, and wildlife watching.
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  • There are many wonderful views in the park. Since we were visiting in the fall the Larch were all yellow. It is an amazing sight to see a yellow conifer shaped tree, they are beautiful.  more »
  • We visited and unfortunately only had a little time to explore, mostly just used the park for a campsite to spend one night. The campsites are basic with hookups if you choose those loops, paved, nice...  more »
  • OMG. I love this place. it has some much to offer. Varied terrain, west side of lake, east side of lake, the point for views of the lake, running terrain, easy terrain, many connected trails to choose...  more »
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  • It's been a while since I was there but it's just as I remembered it. I haven't been out hiking through the forest in so long and it was wonderful. Great hikes around the Marsh and all around the lake. Awesome pictures of the animals and a great location for some friends to do their engagement photos.
  • Great get away.... Those that complain about being told to keep your group under control....are out of control. It's a public park, you should respect the other campers. Some groups think they rule the roost, and just because they pay for spots means they can party hardy all day and night. You can have fun, and respect others at the same time. There's a difference between enjoying your self and just plain letting your kids run thru the sites like wild monkeys...
  • I do not recommend staying at Ponderosa State Park with a large group of people be it family or friends. You will be flagged as a disturbance and harassed not only by the camp host but by the Park Rangers as well. The group I was with purchased 6 sites and by the end of the day we were told by Park Ranger Terry that we were talking to loud and needed to speak quietly or she was calling the sheriff for disturbing the peace, she also stated our money was wanted or needed. Funny since the money we pay maintains the park. I will not be back nor will/do I recommend camping here to any and all future guest. Being family we had variety of ages from a 1 month old baby to 18 year old girls with odd ages in between. We also had two dessert storm veterans as well. We spent our day as any other family swimming, walking biking and cooking. We were visited 9 times by the ranger and camp host all because we were a large group and they were concerned we would cause problems. How very disappointing that you cannot travel with family because if you are too big your instantly flagged as a problem.
  • Gorgeous place. Lots of trails, hikes, lookouts, beach, and plenty more we didn't have time to explore.
  • Beautiful scenery. Lots of wildlife. Great camping and hiking.