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Ponderosa State Park

McCall, Idaho


1920 Davis Ave
McCall, Idaho 83638
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Sites: 172
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 44.95028
Longitude: -116.07794

Elevation: 5055' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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32 Reviews

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

This is a very popular park. We were lucky to get a reservation when we booked in February. There were lots of empty sites mid-week but completely full on weekends. This was the challange since we wanted to stay for 7 days. The site we got, 92 in Chokecherry Lane, was quite spacious with lots of room in front and a tent pad behind. My only complaint was a popular bike path right at our site limiting any privacy. Since we use our bicycles a often, it was at least handy to get around. Our site was the only one that close to the path. In the Peninsula Campground, to my understanding, there are no sewer hook-ups, just power and water. For a 7-day stay, this would have been nice. The "RV" Campground has full hook-ups and caters more to the bigger rigs. Access to the lake was a 5 minute walk or a 10 minute bike ride if you want less crowds. The town of McCall was delightful with lots of ammenities. It took us 15 minutes to bike into town. If you want to go kayaking, a definite must is the north end of Payette Lake. There are rentals there but make sure you reserve. It's very popular! We camped at Ponderosa State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
92 Chokecherry
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $31.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful campground on Payette Lake in the Idaho Mountains. Well maintained with many hiking, biking trails. This is a family friendly place that kids (both young and old) really love. Deer are frequent visitors in the campground. We camped at Ponderosa State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
089
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

This is a popular campground in the summer Reserve early. Weekends are generally full.

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Review Count: 121
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 18

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

Wonderful park in the heart of McCall. Something for everyone. Spacious sites. Nice beaches. Scenic views of Payette Lake. We camped at Ponderosa State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
108
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Take the scenic drive to Osprey Point. You won't be disappointed.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

The park is one of the best in Idaho, located on a pristine mountain lake. The campground borders the lake, and there are plenty of hiking and biking trails from the campground. The ponderosa pines and other trees provide a magnificent canopy and background for enjoying the outdoors. There are swimming areas and boat docks by the campground. Many deer and ground squirrels frequent the area. Park personnel are helpful and courteous. Reservations are a must for weekends. We camped at Ponderosa State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
051
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

McCall has good restaurants and services. The backcountry of Idaho is a short drive away.

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Review Count: 75
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

This is a fantastic state park. They have limited full hook ups and are reservable. We try to get here at least 4 times a year. Right on Payette Lake with beautifully treed sites and many walking/running/hiking trails. The sites in Dogwood are spacious with trees around, fire pit, and picnic table. There is a tent area with most sites and some group sites. The bathrooms are always clean, but we have not used the showers. We camped at Ponderosa State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
215
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

McCall is a cute little town with everything one needs including a good sized market and restaurants.

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Review Count: 104
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 27

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

There are several loops in this beautiful state park. Some loops have smaller campsites, the sites are wooded, and are better suited for tents and smaller RVs since the roads in these loops are tight and winding. The campsites in these loops have water and electric, but no sewer. There is a dump station available. The Dogwood and Elderberry loops are better suited for larger rigs. These two loops offer both back-in and pull-through sites, with full hookups (50 amp). If you're not familiar with the campground, the Dogwood and Elderberry loops are in the "group" campground, but the campground is not for groups only. The park is full of ponderosa and other pines, and there is a beautiful lake where one can swim or lounge on the sand. Interior roads and sites are asphalt. The sites are nicely spaced with a picnic table and fire ring. There are numerous hiking/biking trails around the park, as well as picnic tables near the lake. Verizon data and cell service worked well. This is a perfect state park and we would stay again if passing through the area. We camped at Ponderosa State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Dogwood 218
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

All services available in McCall.

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Review Count: 189
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 21

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Our first time here, and it was a weekend; the campground was packed - and no wonder. This park is just beautiful! Huge ponderosa and other pines, some undergrowth, and sites are large and placed well, especially the back-ins, among all of these. A family of deer hung out in/near our loop and we saw them daily. The surprise: many campers left midday Sunday, and within an hour or two, all their sites were filled once again! Reservations highly recommended. Sites with hookups have both electric and water; there are some full-hookup sites in a separate loop farther from the lake, but still well shaded. Bathhouses are newer, kept very clean by campground hosts; showers clean and effective. This is a perfect park for bicycles, with lots of beautiful bike trails. We definitely want to come again. We camped at Ponderosa State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
24 - loop A
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Lots to do in town - shopping, etc., as it's a very tourist-oriented town. The lake offers boating, swimming and fishing, and all 3 can be done from the state park. Hiking & biking very big here too.

Some quite nice rental cabins available near the visitor center.

The option isn't offered on the form here to note that our site was paved (asphalt).

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Review Count: 75
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

This is a beautiful state park. The full hook up sites are all paved and nicely maintained. There is an onsite camp host to help if you need anything. The office was open until early evening. The setting is very beautiful and peaceful on Payette Lake. There were many hiking trails. Some bike paths are paved while others are gravel. It is very close to town for shopping and restaurants. We camped at Ponderosa State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
218
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Less than three miles from McCall.

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Review Count: 62
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 23

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful state park with good sites for large RVs. Our Verizon MiFi worked well, even without a booster antenna. Great walking trails in the park and the lake is absolutely beautiful. Spacious sites, a beautiful lake, a town close by that had everything we needed for an enjoyable stay. We would definitely stay here again when passing through this area. We camped at Ponderosa State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

Excellent state park with lots of things to see and do. We stayed in the Dogwood loop in a pull-through with electric, water, and sewer hook up. The site was paved and level with ample space between neighbors. A sandy area with fire pit is next to each site. Wi-Fi was marginal and did not work at all one night. AT&T cell service was non-existent except in McCall, then weak 3G most of the time. Too many trees for satellite, but with so much to see and do we did not miss the electronics. Restaurants, groceries and gas were available in McCall. Kayaking, hiking, biking was all great fun. We stayed 7 nights and would stay again. We camped at Ponderosa State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 52
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

A very nice campground with ample spacing between sites. We have stayed in this state park numerous times and will continue to do so. Our site was hard surfaced and level. Utilities worked as they should and we had no problems. The campground was quiet and well maintained in spite of the state trying to cut every program to the bone. The Wi-Fi is a contract and if you want more than 20 minutes a day you are going to have to pay a fee for additional time. Three of the loops have water and electricity but no sewer but do offer a dump station. The other two loops offer full hookups. We camped at Ponderosa State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

We live a little over two hours from McCall and have been camping at Ponderosa State Park for over 20 years. This is an extremely well-kept park that now includes five camping loops and 163 serviced campsites. The original three (Aspen, Blackberry and Chokecherry) offer water and electricity with a dump station along with restrooms and showers. The two newest loops (Dogwood and Elderberry) offer sewer connections at every site and several paved pull through pads and a large shelter area in each loop. You'll find an area with bathrooms and community showers. The park is situated around Payette Lake and campers can easily walk from any site to the lake. Ponderosa is gorgeous and located close to McCall which is a beautiful Idaho town. You won't regret spending time there. We camped at Ponderosa State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 52
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

As several other reviewers have said this is an excellent state park campground. The sites are well separated and clean. Our sites were very close to level and paved. We were in one of the companion sites which accounts for the slightly higher fee. If you have an Idaho RV or Idaho State Parks Pass make your reservations online for applicable discounts as the Reserve America site does not allow you to claim the discounts available. WiFi was good at our site. It is provided by a commercial service and you only get 20 min every 12 hours free, after that you have to pay. It is very easy to get into McCall, but not extremely bike friendly. The park offers a lot of good family biking and you can walk to the lake. Most sites are at least partly shaded. We will stay here again. We camped at Ponderosa State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Great state park and would stay again. Lots of room to move around, and close to town. All sites have ample grassy area and are overall very quiet. We were able to walk to lake play area or drive up the peninsula for a more isolated location. We camped at Ponderosa State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 92
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

This is a great state park. Stayed in the newer section (Dogwood Loop) with full hookups and 50 amps electricity. Spacious sites, mostly shaded with lots of room between units. Very nice pull through sites and long back in sites. Bathrooms new and well maintained. Excellent biking and walking/hiking trails. Numerous beaches on clean, scenic Payette lake. Close to downtown for nice restaurants and shops. We'll definitely come here again. We camped at Ponderosa State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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