Upper Payette Lake Campground


Area Status: Open
Upper Payette Lake

This popular campground is situated along the shore of Upper Payette Lake. It offers convenient access to McCall, stunning mountain views, and an abundance of local recreational opportunities. Each site comes equipped with a picnic table and fire ring. There is typically a volunteer camp host and potable water available on site.   

There are 12 first-come, first-serve sites available, and eight sites which may be reserved up to six months in advance at: Recreation.gov. The Interagency Pass and Golden Age Passport are accepted at this site. The campground has no hookups or trash receptacles. Please pack out your trash. 

The Upper Payette Lake Group Campground and a number of Dispersed Camping opportunities are located adjacent to the campground along the lake shore. The Upper Payette Lake Interpretive Trail #111 is located 1/2 mile north of the campground and features an accessible, paved trail. The Upper Payette Lake Connector Trail #337 departs immediately from the campground and the Deep Creek Trail #336 originates less than one mile north. 

There is a boat ramp located next to the campground. Motorized use on Upper Payette Lake the lake is limited by a “no wake” restriction. The lake level is drawn down starting September 1st annually. It can be increasingly difficult to launch after this date. 

Upper Payette Lake Campground Recreation Opportunity Guide PDF

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Check availability and make reservations up to six months in advance at: Recreation.gov.​
Reservations: Check availability and make reservations up to six months in advance at: Recreation.gov.​
Fees: $10/night single unit, $15/night double unit Upper Payette Lake Group Campground
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: 30 minutes from McCall, ID
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Typically open June - September. Call the McCall Ranger District: 208-634-0400 for current information.

General Information

Directions:

Travel approximately 16 miles north of McCall on the paved Warren Wagon Road (21). Turn left (west) onto Forest Road #495 (sign for campground) at the outlet of Upper Payette Lake and continue for approximately one mile. 


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Campground Camping

No. of Sites 15 single sites, 5 double sites
Reservation Info 8 sites may be reserved up to six months in advance at: recreation.gov
No. of Accessible sites 20

RV Camping

Group Camping

Upper Payette Lake Group Campground

No. of Sites Two group sites
Reservation Info Two group sites accomodating a maximum of 20/30 people can be reserved up to six months in advance at: recreation.gov

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
45.1258

  Longitude : 
-116.0266

  Elevation : 
5550