They call Payette Lake “The Crown Jewel of McCall,” and just one look at the sparkling glacial waters will tell you why. For generations, the lake has beckoned boaters, anglers, and water lovers of all kinds. With sandy white beaches and an awe-inspiring backdrop of the Salmon River Mountains, it’s easy to see why.
Payette Lake at a Glance
- Size: 5,330 acres of glacial water at an elevation of about 5,000 feet
- History: More than 10,000 years ago Payette Lake was created by a glacier 1,000 ft high, 2.5 miles wide and 8 miles long.
- Deepest Point: 392 ft deep