We moved to Ponderosa State Park halfway through our week-long stay in McCall. We had been planning to drive down to Cascade and stay there for the second half of our trip, but when we were riding our bikes through downtown, we rode through Ponderosa to see what it was like. Once we saw it, we decided to change our plans and stay here. It is beautiful, clean and close to (an easy bike ride away) downtown and the lake. We were able to get two sites next to each other easily, though we were staying mid-week. We heard from another camper that they had to make their reservations 6 months prior, though they were staying over a weekend. The sites were big and most have a rectangular sand pit next to them where the picnic table and fire pit are located. Big plus for our kids who loved digging in the sand. The park also has some beautiful trails to hike, bike and drive on. A walk across the main road from the campground leads to the visitor center and a nice little beach on the lake that is buoyed off for swimmers. Bathrooms and showers were clean and an easy walk from our site. Overall, we love its "foresty" feel, more rustic than the KOA we stayed in at the beginning of our week there. We definitely plan to stay at Ponderosa again.
This RV park is a KOA affiliated park, however it is not very family friendly and is much more suited for older campers. Campfires are only allowed in a couple of the group fire rings. Individual campfires in portable fire rings are not allowed. The river view sites are more expensive, but really do not give you a view of the river. Check the power and sewer hook-ups first before completely setting up. Our sewer was clogged and the 50 amp connection was only putting out 25 amps. The sites are a little close and might seem a little crowded when the park is full. The grounds are clean and well maintained. The concrete pad is nice, however, does not provide enough room. The grass areas are watered every night, so any thing left on the grass gets wet. The RV park is next to the airport and the US Forest Service McCall Smokejumper Base is easily within walking distance. The Forest Service offers a very nice tour of the facility. Access to the bike path leading to downtown is good. The rates seem high for what is provided. Ponderosa State Park offers the comparable amenities (with Wi-Fi) for half the price.