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

Park Update 9/1/20:

Visitors, please be advised that we have closed down the shower facilities within the bath house. Please be prepared.

Park improvement projects begin Tuesday, September 8, 2020:

- Aspen Loop Campground will be closed to camping. All other campgrounds will remain open until freezing temperatures close the campgrounds. Campground dumpsters will be temporarily relocated to the dump station area for the remainder of this season.

- The scenic drive to Osprey Point will be closed at the Peninsula Shelter. No vehicles will be permitted to access the Overlook.

-The west side of the Huckleberry Loop Trail will be closed until road paving is complete. All other trails will remain open but we ask that you adhere to all "trail closed" signs.

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we make improvements to the park!

  • Attention Campers: After Labor Day, the park will become walk-up only, also known as First-Come First-Serve. Reservations will no longer be accepted.
  • Reservations for the 9-month reservation window will begin Dec. 1, 2020.
  • Be advised that construction on Highway 55 will begin on Sept. 8 and is expected to last at least 2 years, with various closures and impacts. Please click the link HERE(link is external) to read more information about the project.

Ponderosa Park Snapshot

For current conditions, click here.

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, 9 deluxe cabins (2 ADA), 1 camper cabin
 
Amenities
Serviced sites have: Flush toilets, showers, dump station, electricity, sewer and water
Standard sites have: vault toilets and a center hand-pump well
 
Boating
Ramps and handling docks
 
Activities
Camp, picnic, hike, cycle, mountain bike, volleyball, horsehoe, swim, fish, wildlife and wildflower vewing, snowshoe, Nordic ski
 
Groups
Shelter, camps
 
Winter
Nordic skiing, snowshoeing
Check out current local conditions here.
 
Trails
Hike and bike on wide & single tracked trails with a variety of surface from paved to dirt; groomed Nordic and signed snowshoe trails
 
Wildlife
Ospreys, Bald Eagles, Hawks, Geese and other Waterfowl, Owls, Sandhill Cranes, Songbirds, Deer, Moose, Beaver, Bear, Foxes, Weaserls, Squirrels
 
Learn
Guided walks, programs, education center will do programs for Schools and other organiztions upon request (need a few weeks’ notice to interpretative staff), and Junior Ranger programs are offered during the summer months only. Special events including Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, fishing, star gazing, etc. Experience Idaho backpacks.
 
 
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 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 surrounds the Peninsula Unit and is the shoreline of the North Beach Unit 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 in the evening at the Amphitheater or walk with them on one of the trails. Children can participate in the Junior Ranger Program in the summer months, rent a canoe or kayak and meander along the North Fork of the Payette River, Nordic ski on groomed trails or snowshoe on designated trails 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. There's more to explore! Learn more about all that Ponderosa State Park Offers.

Unique Overnight Stays

Lakeview Deluxe Cabins 

Ponderosa State Park has nine cabins nestled along the shore of Payette Lake. These cabins come with a full-size refrigerator, stove/ oven, microwave, and dishwasher.  The kitchens also include; cookware, bakeware, dinnerware, utensils, cups, coffee maker, toaster, and so much more.  The bedrooms and bathrooms come stocked with blankets, sheets, and towels.​

  • Mule-Deer—Sleeps 4 It’s ADA accessible with a ramp leading to the door. It has an open floor plan. There is a queen size bed and a fold out sofa that is queen size as well. The bathroom has a full tub with a fold down bench.
  • Moose—Sleeps 5 It’s ADA accessible with a ramp leading to the door. There is a pass-through bathroom complete with a roll in shower that leads to the main bedroom which has a queen size bed. There are two twin beds in the loft and a fold out sofa on the main level that is twin size as well.
  • Bear, Wolf Fox--- Sleep 6 These all have the same floor plan with a queen size bed and queen size fold out sofa on the main level and two twin beds in the loft.
  • Eagle, Owl, White-tail---Sleep 6 These cabins are single level with two bedrooms. One bedroom has one queen size bed, and the other bedroom has one queen size bed and one full size bed.
  • Elk—Sleeps 8 This cabin is the largest with vaulted ceilings. On the main level is a bedroom with a queen size bed and a queen size fold out sofa. The loft has partial privacy with a queen size bed tucked behind a wall and a queen size futon that is out in the open.

There is a 2-night minimum stay per reservation.

$10.00 Reservation Fee (per cabin) plus tax

$100.00 Cleaning/Damage Deposit (per reservation) *

For Peak Season stays May 1st -September 30th in Bear, Wolf, Fox, and Moose

Idaho Resident $160.00 per night plus tax

Non- Idaho Resident $175.00 per night plus tax

For Peak Season stays May 1st -September 30th in Elk, Eagle, Owl, Mule Deer, and Whitetail

Idaho Resident $181.00 per night plus tax

Non- Idaho Resident $200.00 per night plus tax

For Non-Peak Season stays October 1st – April 30th in Bear, Wolf, Fox, and Moose

Excluding weekends and Holidays

Idaho Resident $110.00 per night plus tax

No-Idaho Resident $125.00 per night plus tax  

For Non-Peak Season stays October 1st – April 30th in Elk, Eagle, Owl, Mule Deer, and Whitetail

Excluding weekends and Holidays

Idaho Resident $131.00 per night plus tax

Non- Idaho Resident $150.00 per night plus tax

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

 


Deluxe cabins at Ponderosa State Park.

Downloads

Overnight Guest User Agreement Form

Ponderosa Lakeview Cabins

 


Ponderosa Park Fees

 

Motor Vehicle Entry Fee

$5 per vehicle

Serviced camp site

Individual Campsites $24-$31 per night and Companion Campsites $40-$49 per night

Standard camp site

$12-$21 per night

Deluxe cabins

$75-$165 per night

 

Winter Access Fee                                      

Daily: $5 per person
Season Pass:  $35 Individual, $50 Per Couple, $75
per family

(Winter Access 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

1920 N Davis Ave, McCall, ID 83638

The Idaho State Parks Passport: Your State Park Saving Option!

The Idaho State Parks Passport allows Idaho motorists 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 allows 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
  • 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.

 


Idaho State Parks Online Junior Ranger
 

To Parents & Guardians

Our goal is to help your children discover more about the outdoors while learning about our parks and making connections to the natural world. Here is how it works: when your child completes the Junior Ranger Actions for one of the twenty-two parks in the program, they can download the certificate for that park and fill in their name for completing the Junior Ranger program at that park. The program is designed for youth ages 6 to 12. We hope the discoveries your explorers experience in the program will encourage them to appreciate and protect Idaho’s natural and cultural resources.

The online Junior Ranger Program can work for those at home. It also can be a great activity either before or after visiting one of Idaho’s State Parks.

Junior Ranger Actions

Click here to find a list of downloadable digital Junior Ranger activity sheets and start earning your Junior Ranger Certificates today!

Choose and do three or more of these activities for the park you select:

Optional if you are able to visit the park:

  • Take a hike with your parents.

  • Attend a park presentation.

Once you have completed three activities, download the Junior Ranger certificate for that park and fill in your name to recognize your completion.

Congratulations Junior Ranger!

Welcome Junior Rangers for Idaho State Parks!

To get started, say the Junior Ranger Pledge out-loud:

Junior Ranger Pledge

I accept the challenge to become an Idaho State Parks Junior Ranger. I will discover more about and help protect Idaho’s parks and the natural world around me. I will share my discoveries with my friends and family.

Participating Parks:

Castle Rocks State Park
City of Rocks National Reserve *
Farragut State Park
Lake Cascade State Park
Dworshak State Park
Hells Gate State Park
Ponderosa State Park
Priest Lake State Park
Three Island Crossing State Park
Bruneau Dunes State Park
Harriman State Park *
Heyburn State Park
Henrys Lake State Park
Land of Yankee Fork State Park
Massacre Rocks State Park
Round Lake State Park
Thousand Springs State Park
Lucky Peak State Park
Lake Walcott State Park
Winchester Lake State Park
Eagle Island State Park
Trail of the Coeur d' Alenes
Coeur d' Alene's Old Mission State Park *

*These parks offer the Junior Ranger Program year-round.

Portals to Parks Activity Sheets

Park Video Presentations

Select the video you would like to watch. Not all parks will have videos available.

Leave No Trace

Download, print, and complete the Leave No Trace activity.

Optional activities if you are able to visit the park:

  • Take a hike with your parents.
  • Attend a park presentation.
  • Once you have completed three activities, download the Junior Ranger certificate for that park and fill in your name to recognize your completion.

Congratulations, you are now an official Junior Ranger!
 

 IDPR’S MASCOT: SCOUT THE FOX

ID Scout is a red fox, native to Idaho, and attends special events at Idaho

State Parks and others sponsored by our Recreational Programs. is a red fox, native

SCOUT THE FOX

• Foxes are one of the most intelligent animals in the world. They are very sharp and can out-wit many of their predators. Because of this, they are also incredible hunters.

• They can run at speeds of up to 23 miles per hour!

• They utilize a lot of non-verbal communication, like tail wags and body posture.

• Foxes use the earth’s magnetic field to hunt.

• They tend to be solitary animals, but are very playful when they choose to be!

• The Red Fox and Kit Fox are the two types of fox found in Idaho.

 


Ponderosa State Park
Fall Improvement Projects for Safety and Forest Health

For more information about the projects, click the documents below:

Most of the $1.3 million in work will start in September and run through the winter, when visitor activity slows and weather conditions favor construction and rehabilitation work on the MeadowMarsh Forest.

The construction work includes utility upgrades to the Aspen loop in the Peninsula Campground, paving of the road to Osprey Point, and repair of the Peninsula Boat Ramp.

“Ponderosa is a jewel loved by many,” said David Langhorst, director of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. “This year, it’s getting some needed attention to keep its shine.”

Here is a summary of the upcoming and completed work:

  • The Aspen loop’s electrical and water service will be improved with a $730,000 project, starting after Labor Day and set for completion in November.
    Camping will continue in the Blackberry and Chokecherry loops, but power and water may be temporarily interrupted by the installation of new electrical transformers and water lines for the campground.
     
  • The road to the Osprey Point Overlook will be paved as part of a $290,000 project that will include three parking areas. The 1.3-mile project begins after Labor Day and will end in late October; the road will be closed throughout the work.
     
  • The $200,000 Peninsula Boat Ramp Repair will give boaters a better, safer access to Payette Lake and includes two new docks and Americans with Disabilities Act improvements to improve mobility for all users. The work will start in October and is expected to conclude by the end of November. The ramp will remain closed throughout the work.
     
  • The demolition of the dilapidated Kokanee Cove dining hall, a remnant of an old church camp that’s now part of the park, this summer was a first step in the development of a future event site. The $25,000 project eliminated a hazard and created an unobstructed view of Payette Lake. Other improvements will come in subsequent years.

Also occurring but unrelated to the State Park projects, the City of McCall will run a new water line from Carico Road/Miles Standish Road to University Lane, possibly starting in late August and ending by mid-October. Minimal disruptions to traffic are expected.

In the winter, the MeadowMarsh II project will improve the health of 90 acres of forest while decreasing the risk of a catastrophic fire. A combination of targeted tree thinning, prescribed burning and other techniques will restore the historical balance to the forest, which in a natural state should be dominated by Ponderosa pines. The sale of harvested trees is anticipated to raise $88,000, which will fund the restoration work.

Today, largely because of fire suppression, the forest is overgrown with Grand firs and other species vulnerable to severe and potentially uncontrollable fire. Under normal conditions, the Ponderosas are adapted to withstand periodic, low-intensity fires, which clear space and improve forest health. The project will return the forest to a more natural and sustainable state.

 

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

Park Update 9/1/20:

Visitors, please be advised that we have closed down the shower facilities within the bath house. Please be prepared.

Park improvement projects begin Tuesday, September 8, 2020:

- Aspen Loop Campground will be closed to camping. All other campgrounds will remain open until freezing temperatures close the campgrounds. Campground dumpsters will be temporarily relocated to the dump station area for the remainder of this season.

- The scenic drive to Osprey Point will be closed at the Peninsula Shelter. No vehicles will be permitted to access the Overlook.

-The west side of the Huckleberry Loop Trail will be closed until road paving is complete. All other trails will remain open but we ask that you adhere to all "trail closed" signs.

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we make improvements to the park!

  • Attention Campers: After Labor Day, the park will become walk-up only, also known as First-Come First-Serve. Reservations will no longer be accepted.
  • Reservations for the 9-month reservation window will begin Dec. 1, 2020.
  • Be advised that construction on Highway 55 will begin on Sept. 8 and is expected to last at least 2 years, with various closures and impacts. Please click the link HERE(link is external) to read more information about the project.

Ponderosa Park Snapshot

For current conditions, click here.

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, 9 deluxe cabins (2 ADA), 1 camper cabin
 
Amenities
Serviced sites have: Flush toilets, showers, dump station, electricity, sewer and water
Standard sites have: vault toilets and a center hand-pump well
 
Boating
Ramps and handling docks
 
Activities
Camp, picnic, hike, cycle, mountain bike, volleyball, horsehoe, swim, fish, wildlife and wildflower vewing, snowshoe, Nordic ski
 
Groups
Shelter, camps
 
Winter
Nordic skiing, snowshoeing
Check out current local conditions here.
 
Trails
Hike and bike on wide & single tracked trails with a variety of surface from paved to dirt; groomed Nordic and signed snowshoe trails
 
Wildlife
Ospreys, Bald Eagles, Hawks, Geese and other Waterfowl, Owls, Sandhill Cranes, Songbirds, Deer, Moose, Beaver, Bear, Foxes, Weaserls, Squirrels
 
Learn
Guided walks, programs, education center will do programs for Schools and other organiztions upon request (need a few weeks’ notice to interpretative staff), and Junior Ranger programs are offered during the summer months only. Special events including Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, fishing, star gazing, etc. Experience Idaho backpacks.
 
 
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 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 surrounds the Peninsula Unit and is the shoreline of the North Beach Unit 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 in the evening at the Amphitheater or walk with them on one of the trails. Children can participate in the Junior Ranger Program in the summer months, rent a canoe or kayak and meander along the North Fork of the Payette River, Nordic ski on groomed trails or snowshoe on designated trails 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. There's more to explore! Learn more about all that Ponderosa State Park Offers.

Unique Overnight Stays

Lakeview Deluxe Cabins 

Ponderosa State Park has nine cabins nestled along the shore of Payette Lake. These cabins come with a full-size refrigerator, stove/ oven, microwave, and dishwasher.  The kitchens also include; cookware, bakeware, dinnerware, utensils, cups, coffee maker, toaster, and so much more.  The bedrooms and bathrooms come stocked with blankets, sheets, and towels.​

  • Mule-Deer—Sleeps 4 It’s ADA accessible with a ramp leading to the door. It has an open floor plan. There is a queen size bed and a fold out sofa that is queen size as well. The bathroom has a full tub with a fold down bench.
  • Moose—Sleeps 5 It’s ADA accessible with a ramp leading to the door. There is a pass-through bathroom complete with a roll in shower that leads to the main bedroom which has a queen size bed. There are two twin beds in the loft and a fold out sofa on the main level that is twin size as well.
  • Bear, Wolf Fox--- Sleep 6 These all have the same floor plan with a queen size bed and queen size fold out sofa on the main level and two twin beds in the loft.
  • Eagle, Owl, White-tail---Sleep 6 These cabins are single level with two bedrooms. One bedroom has one queen size bed, and the other bedroom has one queen size bed and one full size bed.
  • Elk—Sleeps 8 This cabin is the largest with vaulted ceilings. On the main level is a bedroom with a queen size bed and a queen size fold out sofa. The loft has partial privacy with a queen size bed tucked behind a wall and a queen size futon that is out in the open.

There is a 2-night minimum stay per reservation.

$10.00 Reservation Fee (per cabin) plus tax

$100.00 Cleaning/Damage Deposit (per reservation) *

For Peak Season stays May 1st -September 30th in Bear, Wolf, Fox, and Moose

Idaho Resident $160.00 per night plus tax

Non- Idaho Resident $175.00 per night plus tax

For Peak Season stays May 1st -September 30th in Elk, Eagle, Owl, Mule Deer, and Whitetail

Idaho Resident $181.00 per night plus tax

Non- Idaho Resident $200.00 per night plus tax

For Non-Peak Season stays October 1st – April 30th in Bear, Wolf, Fox, and Moose

Excluding weekends and Holidays

Idaho Resident $110.00 per night plus tax

No-Idaho Resident $125.00 per night plus tax  

For Non-Peak Season stays October 1st – April 30th in Elk, Eagle, Owl, Mule Deer, and Whitetail

Excluding weekends and Holidays

Idaho Resident $131.00 per night plus tax

Non- Idaho Resident $150.00 per night plus tax

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

 


Deluxe cabins at Ponderosa State Park.

Downloads

Overnight Guest User Agreement Form

Ponderosa Lakeview Cabins

 

Ponderosa Park Fees

 

Motor Vehicle Entry Fee

$5 per vehicle

Serviced camp site

Individual Campsites $24-$31 per night and Companion Campsites $40-$49 per night

Standard camp site

$12-$21 per night

Deluxe cabins

$75-$165 per night

 

Winter Access Fee                                      

Daily: $5 per person
Season Pass:  $35 Individual, $50 Per Couple, $75
per family

(Winter Access 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

1920 N Davis Ave, McCall, ID 83638

The Idaho State Parks Passport: Your State Park Saving Option!

The Idaho State Parks Passport allows Idaho motorists 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 allows 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
  • 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.

 

Idaho State Parks Online Junior Ranger
 

To Parents & Guardians

Our goal is to help your children discover more about the outdoors while learning about our parks and making connections to the natural world. Here is how it works: when your child completes the Junior Ranger Actions for one of the twenty-two parks in the program, they can download the certificate for that park and fill in their name for completing the Junior Ranger program at that park. The program is designed for youth ages 6 to 12. We hope the discoveries your explorers experience in the program will encourage them to appreciate and protect Idaho’s natural and cultural resources.

The online Junior Ranger Program can work for those at home. It also can be a great activity either before or after visiting one of Idaho’s State Parks.

Junior Ranger Actions

Click here to find a list of downloadable digital Junior Ranger activity sheets and start earning your Junior Ranger Certificates today!

Choose and do three or more of these activities for the park you select:

Optional if you are able to visit the park:

  • Take a hike with your parents.

  • Attend a park presentation.

Once you have completed three activities, download the Junior Ranger certificate for that park and fill in your name to recognize your completion.

Congratulations Junior Ranger!

Welcome Junior Rangers for Idaho State Parks!

To get started, say the Junior Ranger Pledge out-loud:

Junior Ranger Pledge

I accept the challenge to become an Idaho State Parks Junior Ranger. I will discover more about and help protect Idaho’s parks and the natural world around me. I will share my discoveries with my friends and family.

Participating Parks:

Castle Rocks State Park
City of Rocks National Reserve *
Farragut State Park
Lake Cascade State Park
Dworshak State Park
Hells Gate State Park
Ponderosa State Park
Priest Lake State Park
Three Island Crossing State Park
Bruneau Dunes State Park
Harriman State Park *
Heyburn State Park
Henrys Lake State Park
Land of Yankee Fork State Park
Massacre Rocks State Park
Round Lake State Park
Thousand Springs State Park
Lucky Peak State Park
Lake Walcott State Park
Winchester Lake State Park
Eagle Island State Park
Trail of the Coeur d' Alenes
Coeur d' Alene's Old Mission State Park *

*These parks offer the Junior Ranger Program year-round.

Portals to Parks Activity Sheets

Park Video Presentations

Select the video you would like to watch. Not all parks will have videos available.

Leave No Trace

Download, print, and complete the Leave No Trace activity.

Optional activities if you are able to visit the park:

  • Take a hike with your parents.
  • Attend a park presentation.
  • Once you have completed three activities, download the Junior Ranger certificate for that park and fill in your name to recognize your completion.

Congratulations, you are now an official Junior Ranger!
 

 IDPR’S MASCOT: SCOUT THE FOX

ID Scout is a red fox, native to Idaho, and attends special events at Idaho

State Parks and others sponsored by our Recreational Programs. is a red fox, native

SCOUT THE FOX

• Foxes are one of the most intelligent animals in the world. They are very sharp and can out-wit many of their predators. Because of this, they are also incredible hunters.

• They can run at speeds of up to 23 miles per hour!

• They utilize a lot of non-verbal communication, like tail wags and body posture.

• Foxes use the earth’s magnetic field to hunt.

• They tend to be solitary animals, but are very playful when they choose to be!

• The Red Fox and Kit Fox are the two types of fox found in Idaho.

 

Ponderosa State Park
Fall Improvement Projects for Safety and Forest Health

For more information about the projects, click the documents below:

Most of the $1.3 million in work will start in September and run through the winter, when visitor activity slows and weather conditions favor construction and rehabilitation work on the MeadowMarsh Forest.

The construction work includes utility upgrades to the Aspen loop in the Peninsula Campground, paving of the road to Osprey Point, and repair of the Peninsula Boat Ramp.

“Ponderosa is a jewel loved by many,” said David Langhorst, director of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. “This year, it’s getting some needed attention to keep its shine.”

Here is a summary of the upcoming and completed work:

  • The Aspen loop’s electrical and water service will be improved with a $730,000 project, starting after Labor Day and set for completion in November.
    Camping will continue in the Blackberry and Chokecherry loops, but power and water may be temporarily interrupted by the installation of new electrical transformers and water lines for the campground.
     
  • The road to the Osprey Point Overlook will be paved as part of a $290,000 project that will include three parking areas. The 1.3-mile project begins after Labor Day and will end in late October; the road will be closed throughout the work.
     
  • The $200,000 Peninsula Boat Ramp Repair will give boaters a better, safer access to Payette Lake and includes two new docks and Americans with Disabilities Act improvements to improve mobility for all users. The work will start in October and is expected to conclude by the end of November. The ramp will remain closed throughout the work.
     
  • The demolition of the dilapidated Kokanee Cove dining hall, a remnant of an old church camp that’s now part of the park, this summer was a first step in the development of a future event site. The $25,000 project eliminated a hazard and created an unobstructed view of Payette Lake. Other improvements will come in subsequent years.

Also occurring but unrelated to the State Park projects, the City of McCall will run a new water line from Carico Road/Miles Standish Road to University Lane, possibly starting in late August and ending by mid-October. Minimal disruptions to traffic are expected.

In the winter, the MeadowMarsh II project will improve the health of 90 acres of forest while decreasing the risk of a catastrophic fire. A combination of targeted tree thinning, prescribed burning and other techniques will restore the historical balance to the forest, which in a natural state should be dominated by Ponderosa pines. The sale of harvested trees is anticipated to raise $88,000, which will fund the restoration work.

Today, largely because of fire suppression, the forest is overgrown with Grand firs and other species vulnerable to severe and potentially uncontrollable fire. Under normal conditions, the Ponderosas are adapted to withstand periodic, low-intensity fires, which clear space and improve forest health. The project will return the forest to a more natural and sustainable state.