All About McCall
McCall, Idaho is a year-round destination resort community situated on the shores of Payette Lake between picturesque snow-capped mountains. Known for its recreational opportunities and beauty many Idaho residents consider McCall to be the “Playground of the West.”
McCall is merely a two-hour drive north of Boise, Idaho and the drive up hwy 55 along the Payette River is a delight in itself. McCall began as a small timber mining town but is now home to Brundage Mountain Resort and Tamarack Resort, the Activity Barn snow tubing park, Ponderosa State Park, and the U. S. Forest Service Smoke jumper Base.
McCall holds an annual Winter Carnival, begun in 1924, every year with outstanding snow sculptures and amusing activities of all kinds.
The Ski Town U.S.A. celebrity evolved because McCall is and has been the home of a number of Olympic skiers. In winter, the ski resorts and seemingly endless snowmobiling trails are McCall’s main draw.
The Payette National Forest, a U.S. National Forest, located entirely in Idaho, consists of approximately 2.3 million acres (9,300 km²) of federally managed lands make for fantastic hiking, fishing, camping and wildlife viewing.
In summer, people come to play on Payette Lake. Payette Lake offers excellent boating, several sandy beaches and spectacular mountain scenery. North Beach is a popular spot for water skiing and sunbathing. Mile High Marina has a newly renovated marina and boat ramp close to downtown McCall and for picnicking and swimming the town has several city parks right on the lake. Ponderosa State Park on the large peninsula jutting out into the lake offers excellent camping, boating and hiking opportunities.
Did you know…
The Little Ski Hill, founded in 1937, is home for the youth of McCall and operates an after school kids program for beginners and ski racers as well as night skiing and groomed Nordic trails. The “mind set” has been that all kids or adults living here in what was formerly dubbed “Ski Town USA” should have the opportunity to ski at an affordable price. This means that the operation of the hill has been mainly through donations and fund raisers.