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Ponderosa State Park

United States


Brochure InfoPonderosa State Park covers most of a 1,000-acre peninsula that juts into beautiful Payette Lake near McCall. The scenic overlook at Osprey Point offers a spectacular view of the lake. The park offers hiking and biking trails, guided walks with park naturalists and evening campfire programs. There are several ways to have a great time while visiting Ponderosa State Park. The park's namesake, the 150-foot-tall ponderosa pine, is the most noticeable species of tree. Douglas fir, grand fir, lodgepole pine and western larch also grow in the park. The character of the park is molded by its diverse topography. It ranges from arid sagebrush flats to forested lakeside trails; from even ground to steep cliffs; and from dense forest to spongy marsh. The park is rich in wildflowers, especially along the interpretive trail that winds around the Meadow Marsh. Nature trails and gravel roads have been developed so visitors can enjoy opportunities to view wildlife in these areas. Wildlife that can be viewed at the park includes Canada geese, osprey, bald eagles, wood ducks, mallards, songbirds, deer, moose, beaver, muskrats and even bear. Camping is available within the park in four locations. Located in the main unit of the park is the Peninsula Campground, this area offers 113 campsites, 23 of which are companion sites - with water and 30-amp electric hook-ups, one camper cabin, fire rings, picnic tables, dump station, three bath houses with hot showers and flush toilets. Near the main entrance to the park is the RV Group Campground, this area offers 50 campsites, 10 of which are companion sites. All sites have water, 30/50-amp electric, and sewer hook-ups, fire ring and picnic table. The bath house is centrally located in the campground. Northwest Passage Campground is located at the north end of Payette Lake and offers 22 non-reservable campsites, fire rings, tables, central water, and vault toilets. The park also has five deluxe cabins nestled along the shore of Payette Lake near the Visitor Center. These cabins are fully equipped with all the comforts of home and can sleep up to five to eight people. Additional camping equipment is not permitted with the deluxe cabins. Pets are not permitted at the cabins. The park has two covered picnic shelters and an open lawn area that can be reserved through the park. A deep draft boat launch is located within the main unit of the park. Horseshoes and volleyballs are available at the Visitor Center. Home to one of Idaho's Premium Nordic Ski Grooming opportunities, Ponderosa State Park boasts 12 miles of groomed trails - 19.3 kilometers. Nordic trails range from recreational to competition to accommodate all abilities. The park also has 3.4 miles of designated snowshoe trails through the forest that offer viewpoints of the lake.Key Info A $7.00 Motor Vehicle Entrance Fee (MVEF) is required for every vehicle entering Idaho State Parks (including visitors to campers). All campsite and facility use fees accommodate one (1) vehicle MVEF per night stayed. Any additional MVEF and per person charges will be collected at the park. MVEF may be paid for at the daily rate or by purchasing a State Park Passport or an Annual Motor Vehicle Entrance Fee sticker. Visitors and park day users may be required to park outside the campground. All yurts, cabins and group facilities that are ADA accessible do not require proof of disability upon arrival. Camping is allowed in designated areas only. All boats, trailers, or other motorized vehicles must fit entirely within the campsite parking spur provided. Any equipment that does not fit entirely within the sites designated parking area must be parked outside the campground in an area designated by the park manager. RV's are not permitted when staying in facilities (yurts, cabins, cottages or houses). Campfires are allowed in designated areas only! All pets must be kept on a leash and not be left unattended. Pets are not allowed on beaches except for designated areas (not all parks have designated areas); Campers are responsible to clean up after their pet. Not all facilities allow pets. Quiet hours are enforced from 10:00 pm to 7:00 am. Fireworks are prohibited in all parks at all times. No Exceptions! Important Information for Daily EntranceDirectionFrom Highway 55 in the town of McCall turn east onto Railroad Avenue. Proceed on Railroad to the 2nd 4-way stop (Wooley & Davis). Turn left (north) onto Davis Street and continue straight for approximately 1.5 miles. Directional signs are posted to guide visitors from the town of McCall to the park entrance.Booking Window Product InfoFee Cancellation DescFee Information Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $10.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee ($25.00 for group sites) will be charged for each reservation. Payment Methods Accepted: Cancellation Policy All cancellation requests must be submitted by mail, fax or e-mail to the park where the reservation is held. A non-refundable fee of $10.00 ($50 for group sites) will be charged for any cancellation made at least 24 hours (21 days for group sites) prior to your scheduled arrival date. Additional lat cancellation fee may apply if the reservation is cancelled after the deadline. Please read the Fee and Cancellation Policy for more information Fees: All use fees are subject to price paid at time of reservation/payment. Click HERE for more information on Idaho State Parks Fees. Modifications: Customers may extend original stays booked without incurring a modification fee. A modification fee of $10.00 will be charged for modifications resulting in a reduction of stay where notification is received prior to check-in time. A modification fee of $10.00 will be charged for any modification to a previously made reservation that involves a change to the reservation dates even where part of the new stay includes part of the original stay booked. Changes to reservations: Changes to reservation dates, where no dates of stay involved in the original reservation are the same as the dates of stay for the resulting reservation, will require a cancellation of the original reservation and the booking of a new reservation with applicable service fees. If circumstances prevent check-in on the scheduled arrival day, campers are requested to notify the park of a change in schedule. Depending on when notification is given, a first night’s use fee may be charged. Reservations made for stays greater than one night and booked right on the nine month window so as to have a departure date that exceeds the nine month window will be frozen for 18 days. During this freeze no changes may be made to the reservation, this includes the ability to cancel the reservation. Changes and cancellations may be made to the reservation after the 18 day freeze, all standard reservation policies, fees and rules will apply at time of change. Cancellations: Standard Cancellation In addition to the $10 non-refundable reservation fee, a service charge of $10.00 will be assessed for the cancellation of a reservation for each individual campsite or facility. Cancellations made less than 24 hours in advance of the scheduled arrival time may also require the forfeiture of the first night’s camping fee. Special Use Campsite and Facility Cancellations Cancellations that occur twenty-one (21) or fewer calendar days prior to arrival, will be assessed a cancellation fee equal to the first night or daily facility usage fees (base rate). Cancellations that occur more than twenty-one (21) calendar days prior to arrival will be assessed a cancellation charge of fifty dollars ($50.00). Reservation No-Shows: The site will be held until check-out time on the day following scheduled arrival. Reservation holders failing to cancel a reservation or failing to notify the park of a late arrival will be considered “no-shows.” The reservation will be cancelled at that time and all fees paid will be forfeited.

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