McCall and Cascade - Idaho

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McCall and Payette Country

Ninety minutes north of Boise is a serene land of forests and lakes which offers white water, mountain adventure and some of the best fishing in Idaho. The Payette River flows through southwestern Idaho, creating three lakes (one is the Cascade Reservoir) in a sterling vacation region.

Cascade Lake is at the center of an outdoor recreation area which includes secluded Warm Lake -- 25 miles east of Cascade off Highway 55 which has several resorts with rustic cabins, lodges, and campgrounds.

The town of Cascade, on Highway 55, is a fishing center with boat and shore fishing for rainbow, cutthroat, brown, coho and perch. During the winter, the Cascade area has over 600 miles of snowmobile trails and many additional miles of cross-country trails in the Boise National Forest. During summer months, the trails are open to hikers. Cascade features golfing-by-the-lake and private RV parks, as well as forest campgrounds. North of Cascade are Payette Lake and Little Payette Lake.

The town of McCall is situated on the southern shore of Payette Lake. This is also a rustic resort town with lakeside parks and beaches, sailing on the lake, more golfing, and yet more fishing. A fine 18-hole golf course is located in New Meadows, a small town just beyond McCall.

What to See & Do

While Cascade's major annual event is Thunder Mountain Days, a summer rodeo and celebration, McCall's is the Winter Carnival. During the carnival held at the beginning of February, the town is decked out with ice sculptures created by local and imported artists and parades on the opening Friday and Saturday nights. There are dances, pancake breakfasts and a lot of celebrating.

Brundage Mountain is the local ski hill, located seven miles north of McCall. Boise National Forest provides recreation areas, forest campgrounds and other outdoor attractions.

There are three hot springs in the region which call for attention. The most scenic and more rustic location is Burgdorf Hot Springs which can be reached by taking the French Creek scenic drive via Warren Wagon Road or by taking Davis Ave. at the southeast end of McCall and then Lick Creek Road and East Side Road. Zim's Hot Springs is located along Highway 55, north of McCall, just beyond the Kimberland Meadows Resort. This large resort hotel, with 18-hole golf course, also has a hot pool. The resort features town house-style accommodations.

There is a full service RV park in McCall, in addition to numerous Payette National Forest campgrounds. Ponderosa State Park occupies a scenic site along the eastern shore of Payette Lake, within a few minutes' drive of McCall. There is camping here as well, along with several hiking trails, a boat ramp and picnic areas. At the northern end of the park is a large hill with fine overviews of the lake and the mountains beyond.

 Resorts, Hotels, Lodges

Warm Lake Lodge
(208) 632-3553
Located on Warm Lake east of Cascade in a recreation area. Nearby are restaurants, stores and forest trails. The lodge has cabins and also has campsites.

North Shore Lodge
(208) 632-2000
Also in the Warm Lake area in Boise National Forest with rustic but comfortable accommodations.

Kimberland Meadows Resort
(208) 347-2162
Located north of McCall, this is the area's prime resort operation with town house accommodations, a fine dining room with lounge and 18-hole golf course, with hot spring pools and downhill skiing nearby. Take Highway 95, 1.5 miles north of McCall.

Packer John Lodge
(208) 382-4406
Located at Smiths Ferry, on Hwy. 55 south of Cascade, with restaurant.

Clear Creek Inn
(208) 382-4616
A standard motel in the town of Cascade, close to shopping & cafes, golf course and Cascade Lake.

Hotel McCall
(208) 634-8105
This older hotel in downtown McCall has a warm atmosphere, aided with complimentary tea & wine and free breakfast for guests. All rooms have

Shore Lodge
(208) 634-2244 or 800-657-6464
This large lodge is on the shore of Payette Lake, just west of downtown McCall. There are 120 rooms, heated pools, a dock and dining room and informal cafe. To get there, take Lake Steet west along the south shore of the lake to the lodge. private bath.


Arrowhead RV Park
(208) 382-4534
On the river, one mile south of town on Hwy. 55, with full hookups, dump station, store, propane, and boating.

McCall Campground
(208) 634-5165
Just south of town on Payette Lake. Campsites with good views, Hookups, dump station, laundry, store.

Water's Edge RV Resort
800-574-2038 pr (208) 382-3120
Located on the Payette River, 25 miles south of McCall (Highway 55), this RV park has large sites (with full hookups including cable TV), a private beach on the river, picnic pavilions, and kayaks and canoes to use. Ashley and Katrin (the park hosts) bake hot fresh cinnamon rolls on Saturday mornings.Othert amenities include modern showers and restrooms. A Good Sam Park. Open May - October 

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