The Magic of McCall, Idaho

An autumn view of the shoreline of Lake Payette from Brown Park in McCall, Idaho.

Without a doubt, captivating views are in store when you explore areas in and around McCall, Idaho. In September and early October you will see brilliant colors in the city and state parks of this town, featuring beautiful Payette Lake. 

A magical moment on an October evening  in Legacy Park In downtown McCall.

In the winter months, this sleepy town suddenly bursts with plenty of activity during late January to early February due to the winter carnival, which features fascinating displays of snow sculptures created by contributors who make it a serious competition. Check out these photos from past snow sculpture competitions in McCall.

In addition, there are parades, live music, snow bike races, the Monster Dog Pull and more.

Skiers and snowboarders can put on their snow pants and head up to the Little Ski Hill or Brundage Mountain

Nordic trails are available for cross-country and back-country skiing as well as snowshoeing . 

More winter family fun can be found at the McCall Activity Barn where there is a hill with lanes for snow tubing. Be sure to dress warm enough for the occasion!

A drive 35 miles south to Donnelly will take you to the Tamarack Resort. It is a popular venue for skiing, snowboarding, dining, lodging and winter vacations.

Drive the Huckleberry Loop through Ponderosa State Park to experience amazing views.

Summertime activities can be enjoyed at the Ponderosa State Park on the edge of town where there are campsites, beaches, boat docks, hiking/biking trails and a well maintained road for exploring with a suitable vehicle.

The view from Osprey Point is a must see, which can be reached by driving the Huckleberry Loop on the peninsula of Ponderosa State Park in McCall, Idaho.

You will find cozy coffee shops, restaurants, grocery stores, sport shops, gift shops and more in this gem of a town. Explore the magic of McCall!

Those of you who may want to purchase a print of the cover photo for this story, which is the view of Payette Lake from Osprey Point, you may do so clicking on the highlighted words for EnVista Photo Studios.



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