Payette Lake Lake Getaways
Payette Lake vacation home rentals are near the city of McCall, which was once an area devoted to the lumber industry. Known as a sleepy community, people slowly began to realize the true beauty of this area of Idaho, and now Payette is getting national (and international) attention as being a prime resort destination for all seasons of the year! With ample snow during the winter and mild summer temperatures, the area is growing, but the beauty of the lake and of the surrounding land hasn't changed one bit.
The Payette National Forest encompasses some of Idaho's most beautiful and diverse country. Nature has carved rough, granite mountains, high lakes, lush meadows, and deep river canyons. In one day you can travel from hot desert grasslands through cool conifer forests to snow-capped peaks.
Some trails through Hell's Canyon and the lower Salmon River Canyon remain snow-free nearly year-round. Hell's Canyon is North America's deepest gorge and in some places, it's more than a mile from ridge to river. Trails in Hell's Canyon National Recreation Area are generally open by the first of April and sometimes late-March. Some trails follow the canyon bottomsÃ‚Âothers climb up towards the rim and offer spectacular views of the surrounding peaks.
The Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness embraces 2.4 million acres of central Idaho's most remote and rugged mountains and rivers. It is the largest wilderness in the lower 48 states. You can travel the wilderness on 2400 miles of trails, or float the Main Salmon, the Middle Fork Salmon, or challenging tributaries. You can fly in to several backcountry airstrips, and can arrange an outfitter to guide you in safely--and out again. Two other wildernesses border the Wilderness to the north: the Gospel Hump Wilderness (206,053 acres) and the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness (1,340,681 acres). Together, these three wildernesses make a nearly solid block of Congressionally designated wilderness of over 6,000 square miles. On the Payette, you can tour the Forest on 2,000 miles of roads and hike 2,100 miles of trails. Numerous reservoirs, lakes, and streams offer a myriad of fishing opportunities. The Salmon River and Middle Fork Salmon River offer world-class river rafting. The Frank Church--River of No Return Wilderness, the largest in the lower 48 states, offers world-class backcountry hiking, fishing, and hunting. In winter, downhill skiing is excellent at Brundage Mountain ski area, and backcountry skiing and snowmobiling trails are unlimited.