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Ponderosa State Park: There's always more to explore!

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Ponderosa Park Snapshot

Location
107 miles N of Boise,ID
266 miles SE of Spokane, WA
447 miles NW of Salt Lake City, UT
 
Acreage
1,515
 
Elevation
5,050
 
Open
Year-round for day-use activities.
Campgrounds close in the fall / winter.
 
Overnight
163 serviced campsites, 22 standard, 7 serviced ADA sites, cabins (1 ADA)
 
Amenities
Flush toilets, showers, dump station, electricity, sewer and water
 
Boating
Ramps and handling docks
 
Activities
Camp, picnic, hike, cycle, mountain bike, volleyball, horsehoe, swim, fish, wildlife and wildflower vewing, snowshoe,  cross country ski
 
Groups
Shelter, camps
 
Winter
Nordic skiing, snowshoeing
 
Trails
Hike, bike, hard path, groomed Nordic
 
Wildlife
Osprey, bald eagle, wood duck, mallard, songbirds, deer, moose, beaver, bear, fox
 
Learn
Guided walks, programs, education center, and Junior Ranger program
 
Nearby
Ski, golf, tubing, ice skating, hot springs, wildlife sanctuary, resorts, sleigh rides, Blue Moon Yurt, Backwoods Adventures, Central Idaho Historical Museum, lift-served mountain biking.
 
Rent or buy
Canoe and kayak rental; Nature Store for souvenirs and gifts
 
WiFi
Yes, at campgrounds, cabins the visitor center and activity center
 
GPS coordinates
Long: 44.92778 | Lat: 116.08222
 

Ponderosa State Park has every kind of overnight experience imaginable with a variety of standard and serviced campsites, or cabins for small or large groups. There's always more to explore! Learn more about all that Ponderosa State Park offers.

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Welcome to Ponderosa State Park
Beautiful Payette Lake is the centerpiece of Ponderosa State Park, located in the heart of one of Idaho's most popular year-round destinations.  Hike and bike on your own or with a guide, listen to a park naturalist around an evening campfire, let the kids ride to the Visitor Center for ice cream treats, rent a canoe or kayak and meander along the Payette River, snowshoe on a groomed trail or simply sit on the front porch of a park cabin and enjoy the spectacular view. 
 
Whether you enjoy cooking in a Dutch oven at a primitive camp site or an indoor stove in the comfort of  a deluxe, lake view cabin, Ponderosa State Park has every kind of overnight experience imaginable with a variety of standard and serviced campsites, or cabins for small or large groups. There's more to explore! Learn more about all that Ponderosa State Park Offers.

Unique Overnight Stays

Lakeview Deluxe Cabins 

  • Bear (sleeps 6); Wolf (6); Fox (6); Moose (5/ADA accessible); Elk (8) are cabins are nestled along the shore of Payette Lake with beautiful views and access to Payette Lake
  • Fully equipped kitchen with full size appliances, cookware, dinnerware, utensils, glasses, cutlery, bake ware, coffee maker, and toaster
  • Most cabins are divided into a bedroom with queen bed, a living room with double hide-a-bed and two (2) twin mattresses in the loft and 1 bathroom
  • All linens are provided
  • Pets are not allowed at the cabins

Cost:  $75-150 with additional reservation and cleaning deposit fees. Note that to reserve deluxe cabins, you need to call the reservation center at 1-888-9-CAMPID or 1-888-922-6743. They cannot be reserved online.

There's more to explore! Learn more about all that Ponderosa State Park offers!

 


Ponderosa Park Fees

 

Motor Vehicle Entry Fee

$5 per vehicle

Serviced camp site

Individual Campsites $24-$26 per night and Companion Campsites $40-$44 per night

Standard camp site

$14 per night

Deluxe cabins

$75-$150 per night

 

Premium Nordic Ski Fees                                       

Daily: $4 per person
Annual:  $35 per person or family

(Premium Nordi Ski Fees are charged in addition to your Motor Vehicle Entry Fees)

 

**Listed fees do not include sales tax

 

 


McCall/University of Idaho Field Campus

The University of Idaho McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS) is located on the shore of Payette Lake and within the boundaries of Ponderosa State Park.  As Idaho's ONLY publicly operated K12 outdoor school, MOSS offers

a one-of-a-kind learning experience for youth, graduate students, teachers and the community.  MOSS is open to educational groups who would like to hold workshops, seminars and courses in the McCall area.  Contact us today to see if we have space for your group.

 

 

Features

  • 10 bunkhouses sleep 6 people each
  • One yurt sleeps 4
  • Meals are available upon request and served in a rustic and cozy dining lodge

More information

Visit University of Idaho McCall Outdoor Science School

Call 1-888-634-3918 or E-Mail

 


Ponderosa State Park

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1920 N Davis Ave, McCall, ID 83638

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The Idaho State Parks Passport: Providing Savings for 2013!

When implemented, the Idaho State Parks Passport will allow Idaho motorists to check "Yes!" to support Idaho State Parks by agreeing to pay an additional $10 in conjunction with renewing their license plates through the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and County Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Offices.  The Passport sticker will allow participating Idahoans unlimited daytime entry to Idaho state parks, IDPR operated recreation areas and boating access sites. The Passport will also provide nightly discounts on camping.  

When you pay the additional $10 for your passport, you'll receive a sticker that will adhere to your motor vehicle.  The sticker will provide unlimited access to all 30 state parks for the entire registration year.  

Out-of-state guests will have a savings option too, with the purchase of an Idaho State Park Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual.

 

What Will $10 Buy You and Your Family?

  • Admittance to all 30 Idaho State Parks for a year
  • Nightly discounts on camping
  • Hundreds of miles of hiking, cycling, mountain biking and Nordic trails
  • Your favorite boat launches
  • Countless historical and cultural sites within your state parks

Good for Idaho, Good for Idahoans!

Idaho‘s State Park Passport is simply a sustainable way to pay for the maintenance and management of Idaho’s 30 cherished state parks.  For those Idahoans who choose to participate in the program, the Idaho State Parks Passport sticker will replace the $5 per motor vehicle entry fee currently in place at state parks while also providing nightly discounts on camping.  

Out of State Guests

Our out-of-state guests have savings options too! You can purchase a $40 Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual and receive access to all of Idaho's State Parks and nightly discounts on camping. MVEF Annuals can be purchased at any Idaho State Park and online.

 

Ponderosa State Park: There's always more to explore!

See video

Ponderosa Park Snapshot

Location
107 miles N of Boise,ID
266 miles SE of Spokane, WA
447 miles NW of Salt Lake City, UT
 
Acreage
1,515
 
Elevation
5,050
 
Open
Year-round for day-use activities.
Campgrounds close in the fall / winter.
 
Overnight
163 serviced campsites, 22 standard, 7 serviced ADA sites, cabins (1 ADA)
 
Amenities
Flush toilets, showers, dump station, electricity, sewer and water
 
Boating
Ramps and handling docks
 
Activities
Camp, picnic, hike, cycle, mountain bike, volleyball, horsehoe, swim, fish, wildlife and wildflower vewing, snowshoe,  cross country ski
 
Groups
Shelter, camps
 
Winter
Nordic skiing, snowshoeing
 
Trails
Hike, bike, hard path, groomed Nordic
 
Wildlife
Osprey, bald eagle, wood duck, mallard, songbirds, deer, moose, beaver, bear, fox
 
Learn
Guided walks, programs, education center, and Junior Ranger program
 
Nearby
Ski, golf, tubing, ice skating, hot springs, wildlife sanctuary, resorts, sleigh rides, Blue Moon Yurt, Backwoods Adventures, Central Idaho Historical Museum, lift-served mountain biking.
 
Rent or buy
Canoe and kayak rental; Nature Store for souvenirs and gifts
 
WiFi
Yes, at campgrounds, cabins the visitor center and activity center
 
GPS coordinates
Long: 44.92778 | Lat: 116.08222
 

Ponderosa State Park has every kind of overnight experience imaginable with a variety of standard and serviced campsites, or cabins for small or large groups. There's always more to explore! Learn more about all that Ponderosa State Park offers.

Next Events

See all Ponderosa events

Welcome to Ponderosa State Park
Beautiful Payette Lake is the centerpiece of Ponderosa State Park, located in the heart of one of Idaho's most popular year-round destinations.  Hike and bike on your own or with a guide, listen to a park naturalist around an evening campfire, let the kids ride to the Visitor Center for ice cream treats, rent a canoe or kayak and meander along the Payette River, snowshoe on a groomed trail or simply sit on the front porch of a park cabin and enjoy the spectacular view. 
 
Whether you enjoy cooking in a Dutch oven at a primitive camp site or an indoor stove in the comfort of  a deluxe, lake view cabin, Ponderosa State Park has every kind of overnight experience imaginable with a variety of standard and serviced campsites, or cabins for small or large groups. There's more to explore! Learn more about all that Ponderosa State Park Offers.

Unique Overnight Stays

Lakeview Deluxe Cabins 

  • Bear (sleeps 6); Wolf (6); Fox (6); Moose (5/ADA accessible); Elk (8) are cabins are nestled along the shore of Payette Lake with beautiful views and access to Payette Lake
  • Fully equipped kitchen with full size appliances, cookware, dinnerware, utensils, glasses, cutlery, bake ware, coffee maker, and toaster
  • Most cabins are divided into a bedroom with queen bed, a living room with double hide-a-bed and two (2) twin mattresses in the loft and 1 bathroom
  • All linens are provided
  • Pets are not allowed at the cabins

Cost:  $75-150 with additional reservation and cleaning deposit fees. Note that to reserve deluxe cabins, you need to call the reservation center at 1-888-9-CAMPID or 1-888-922-6743. They cannot be reserved online.

There's more to explore! Learn more about all that Ponderosa State Park offers!

 

Ponderosa Park Fees

 

Motor Vehicle Entry Fee

$5 per vehicle

Serviced camp site

Individual Campsites $24-$26 per night and Companion Campsites $40-$44 per night

Standard camp site

$14 per night

Deluxe cabins

$75-$150 per night

 

Premium Nordic Ski Fees                                       

Daily: $4 per person
Annual:  $35 per person or family

(Premium Nordi Ski Fees are charged in addition to your Motor Vehicle Entry Fees)

 

**Listed fees do not include sales tax

 

 

McCall/University of Idaho Field Campus

The University of Idaho McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS) is located on the shore of Payette Lake and within the boundaries of Ponderosa State Park.  As Idaho's ONLY publicly operated K12 outdoor school, MOSS offers

a one-of-a-kind learning experience for youth, graduate students, teachers and the community.  MOSS is open to educational groups who would like to hold workshops, seminars and courses in the McCall area.  Contact us today to see if we have space for your group.

 

 

Features

  • 10 bunkhouses sleep 6 people each
  • One yurt sleeps 4
  • Meals are available upon request and served in a rustic and cozy dining lodge

More information

Visit University of Idaho McCall Outdoor Science School

Call 1-888-634-3918 or E-Mail

 

Ponderosa State Park

Javascript is required to view this map.
1920 N Davis Ave, McCall, ID 83638

See video

The Idaho State Parks Passport: Providing Savings for 2013!

When implemented, the Idaho State Parks Passport will allow Idaho motorists to check "Yes!" to support Idaho State Parks by agreeing to pay an additional $10 in conjunction with renewing their license plates through the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and County Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Offices.  The Passport sticker will allow participating Idahoans unlimited daytime entry to Idaho state parks, IDPR operated recreation areas and boating access sites. The Passport will also provide nightly discounts on camping.  

When you pay the additional $10 for your passport, you'll receive a sticker that will adhere to your motor vehicle.  The sticker will provide unlimited access to all 30 state parks for the entire registration year.  

Out-of-state guests will have a savings option too, with the purchase of an Idaho State Park Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual.

 

What Will $10 Buy You and Your Family?

  • Admittance to all 30 Idaho State Parks for a year
  • Nightly discounts on camping
  • Hundreds of miles of hiking, cycling, mountain biking and Nordic trails
  • Your favorite boat launches
  • Countless historical and cultural sites within your state parks

Good for Idaho, Good for Idahoans!

Idaho‘s State Park Passport is simply a sustainable way to pay for the maintenance and management of Idaho’s 30 cherished state parks.  For those Idahoans who choose to participate in the program, the Idaho State Parks Passport sticker will replace the $5 per motor vehicle entry fee currently in place at state parks while also providing nightly discounts on camping.  

Out of State Guests

Our out-of-state guests have savings options too! You can purchase a $40 Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual and receive access to all of Idaho's State Parks and nightly discounts on camping. MVEF Annuals can be purchased at any Idaho State Park and online.