Ponderosa State Park, ID

Ponderosa State Park covers most of a 1,000-acre peninsula that juts into beautiful Payette Lake near McCall. The scenic overlook at Osprey Point offers a spectacular view of the lake. The park offers hiking and biking trails, guided walks with park naturalists and evening campfire...
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Thu Apr 30 2015   Later Dates

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  • A 5.00 Motor Vehicle Entrance Fee (MVEF) is required for every vehicle entering Idaho State Parks (including visitors to campers).
  • All campsite and facility use fees accommodate one vehicle MVEF per night stayed. Any applicable additional per-person or MVEF charges will be collected at the park.
  • MVEF may be paid for at the daily rate or by purchasing a State Park Passport or an Annual Motor Vehicle Entrance Fee sticker.
  • Visitors and park day users may be required to park outside the campground.
  • All yurts, cabins and group facilities that are ADA accessible do not require proof of disability upon arrival.
  • Camping is allowed in designated areas only.
  • All boats, trailers, or other motorized vehicles must fit entirely within the campsite parking spur provided. Any equipment that does not fit entirely within the sites designated parking area must be parked outside the campground in an area designated by the park manager.
  • RV's are not permitted when staying in facilities (yurts, cabins, cottages or houses).
  • Campfires are allowed in designated areas only!
  • All pets must be kept on a leash and not be left unattended. Pets are not allowed on beaches except for designated areas (not all parks have designated areas); Campers are responsible to clean up after their pet. Not all facilities allow pets.
  • Quiet hours are enforced from 10:00 pm to 7:00 am.
  • Fireworks are prohibited in all parks at all times. No Exceptions!
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Overview

Description

Ponderosa State Park covers most of a 1,000-acre peninsula that juts into beautiful Payette Lake near McCall.
The scenic overlook at Osprey Point offers a spectacular view of the lake.
The park offers hiking and biking trails, guided walks with park naturalists and evening campfire programs. There are several ways to have a great time while visiting Ponderosa State Park.

The park's namesake, the 150-foot-tall ponderosa pine, is the most noticeable species of tree. Douglas fir, grand fir, lodgepole pine and western larch also grow in the park.
The character of the park is molded by its diverse topography. It ranges from arid sagebrush flats to forested lakeside trails; from even ground to steep cliffs; and from dense forest to spongy marsh.
The park is rich in wildflowers, especially along the interpretive trail that winds around the Meadow Marsh.
Nature trails and gravel roads have been developed so visitors can enjoy opportunities to view wildlife in these areas.
Wildlife that can be viewed at the park includes Canada geese, osprey, bald eagles, wood ducks, mallards, songbirds, deer, moose, beaver, muskrats and even bear.



Camping is available within the park in four locations. Located in the main unit of the park is the Peninsula Campground, this area offers 113 campsites, 23 of which are companion sites - with water and 30-amp electric hook-ups, one camper cabin, fire rings, picnic tables, dump station, three bath houses with hot showers and flush toilets.
Near the main entrance to the park is the RV Group Campground, this area offers 50 campsites, 10 of which are companion sites.
All sites have water, 30/50-amp electric, and sewer hook-ups, fire ring and picnic table.
The bath house is centrally located in the campground. Northwest Passage Campground is located at the north end of Payette Lake and offers 22 non-reservable campsites, fire rings, tables, central water, and vault toilets.
The park also has five deluxe cabins nestled along the shore of Payette Lake near the Visitor Center.
These cabins are fully equipped with all the comforts of home and can sleep up to five to eight people. Additional camping equipment is not permitted with the deluxe cabins. Pets are not permitted at the cabins.

The park has two covered picnic shelters and an open lawn area that can be reserved through the park.
A deep draft boat launch is located within the main unit of the park.
Horseshoes and volleyballs are available at the Visitor Center.

Home to one of Idaho's Premium Nordic Ski Grooming opportunities, Ponderosa State Park boasts 12 miles of groomed trails - 19.3 kilometers.
Nordic trails range from recreational to competition to accommodate all abilities.
The park also has 3.4 miles of designated snowshoe trails through the forest that offer viewpoints of the lake.

Booking Window

Cabin Camper

Sat Aug 02 2014 - Thu Apr 30 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 9 Month(s) in advance.

Cabin Deluxe

Sat Aug 02 2014 - Thu Apr 30 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 9 Month(s) in advance.

Campsite Serviced /W/E

Fri Aug 01 2014 - Thu Apr 30 2015

Reservations must be made 1 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 9 Month(s) in advance.

Campsite Serviced /W/E/SWR

Fri Aug 01 2014 - Thu Apr 30 2015

Reservations must be made 1 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 9 Month(s) in advance.

Companion Campsite Serviced /W/E (2 hkp)

Fri Aug 01 2014 - Thu Apr 30 2015

Reservations must be made 1 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 9 Month(s) in advance.

Companion Campsite Serviced /W/E/SWR

Fri Aug 01 2014 - Thu Apr 30 2015

Reservations must be made 1 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 9 Month(s) in advance.

Day Use Area

Sat Aug 02 2014 - Thu Apr 30 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 9 Month(s) in advance.

Shelter

Sat Aug 02 2014 - Thu Apr 30 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 9 Month(s) in advance.

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Season Schedule

Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Cabins
  • Dump Station
  • Dump Station, Camper
  • Firewood
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoes
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Restrooms
  • Retail, Store/Gift Shop
  • Visitor Center
  • Volleyball
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Kayak Rentals
  • Maintenance, Vehicle
  • Pay Telephone
  • Propane
  • Rent Canoes/Kayaks
Within 10 Miles
  • Canoe Rental
  • Churches
  • Golf
  • Grocery Store
  • Hospital
  • Laundry
  • Marina
  • Motel
  • Restaurant
  • Town
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Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $10.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee ($25.00 for group sites) will be charged for each reservation.

Payment Methods Accepted:
Visa Mastercard

Cancellation Policy
All cancellation requests must be submitted by mail, fax or e-mail to the park where the reservation is held.

A non-refundable fee of $10.00 ($50 for group sites) will be charged for any cancellation made at least 24 hours (21 days for group sites) prior to your scheduled arrival date. Additional lat cancellation fee may apply if the reservation is cancelled after the deadline.

Please read the Fee and Cancellation Policy for more information


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
General Season
Jul 31 2014 -
Jul 31 2015
Shelter $50.00-$75.00
Day Use Area $75.00
Companion Campsite Serviced /W/E/SWR $30.00-$49.00
Companion Campsite Serviced /W/E (2 hkp) $30.00-$45.00
Campsite Serviced /W/E/SWR $18.00-$31.00
Campsite Serviced /W/E $18.00-$29.00
Cabin Deluxe $75.00-$165.00
Cabin Camper $50.00-$55.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
44.92778, -116.08222
44°55'40"N, 116°4'56"W

From Highway 55 in the town of McCall turn east onto Railroad Avenue. Proceed on Railroad to the 2nd 4-way stop (Wooley & Davis). Turn left (north) onto Davis Street and continue straight for approximately 1.5 miles. Directional signs are posted to guide visitors from the town of McCall to the park entrance.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Ponderosa State Park
P.O. Box 89
McCall   ID  83638

Phone Number:

Information:  (208)634-2164
Additional Information