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Payette Lake

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Ponderosa State Park
1920 N Davis Ave
McCall, ID 83638

8.3 sq. miles
Max. Depth:
392 ft
5000 feet


Payette Lake is a 5,330 acre expanse of clean, glacial water at an elevation of about 5,000 feet in the forests of Idaho.

Payette Lake early developed a reputation as an excellent fishing lake, particularly for 'mackinaws'. This lake trout variety was transplanted into the lake, as were rainbow and brown trout, whitefish, and kokanee salmon. The many small inlets and brooks hold trout; fly fishermen often make Payette Lake the centerpiece of their summer vacation. The Payette River inlet at the north end of the lake, called 'the Meander' or 'Meander Lake', is a favored fishing hole. This area is limited to electric motors, but the rest is an all-sports lake.

Water skiing, wake boarding, jet skis and power boating are all popular, as are pontooning, canoeing and kayaking.


Kokanee Salmon
Brown Trout
Lake Trout (Mackinaw)
Rainbow Trout


8.3 sq. miles
Max. Depth:
392 ft


Water Features
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campground
Water Activities
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing

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