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Two miles northeast of McCall city center.

 

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Life jackets save lives. That's why this park has a life jacket loan program. If you're boating and find out you don't have the right size life jacket for your passengers, we'll lend you one. Contact a park ranger for more information.

PonderosaPonderosa State Park covers most of a 1,000-acre peninsula that juts into Payette Lake, just outside McCall. The character of the park is molded by its diverse topography. It ranges from arid sagebrush flats to a lakeside trail; from flat, even ground to steep cliffs; and from dense forest to spongy marsh. Nature trails and dirt roads have been developed so visitors can enjoy these areas. Camping is available in the park and in nearby Lakeview Village.

Habitat
The park’s namesake, the 150-foot-tall ponderosa pine, is the most noticeable species of tree. Douglas and grand fir, Lodgepole pine and western larch also grow in the park. Birds often sighted include osprey, red-tailed hawks, bald eagles, Canada geese, wood ducks and mallards, along with a variety of songbirds, woodpeckers, hummingbirds and ravens. Patient—or just plain lucky—visitors often spot deer, red fox, beavers, muskrats and bear. The park is rich in wildflowers, especially along the interpretive trail that winds around Meadow Marsh.

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You can RV, tent or yurt camp at Ponderosa. Additional camping is also available at nearby Lakeview Village. For camping and yurt reservations, call 208-634-2164.

North Beach Area
At the north end of Payette Lake lies the 630-acre North Beach Area —the largest public sandy beach on the lake. Primitive camping is available. The Payette River winds placidly through timbered country and provides excellent canoeing. The area is also a sanctuary for wildlife including deer, ducks, fish and numerous small fur-bearing animals. There are vault toilets, but no other facilities.

Location: McCall, ID (East Lake Drive, Off SH 55- Miles Standish Rd)
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 89, McCall, ID 83638
Phone: 208-634-2164
Cell Phone: 208-634-9511
Fax: 208-634-5370
E-Mail: PON@idpr.state.id.us


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