Upper Payette Lake Campground

Area Status: Open
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Upper Payette Lake

This campground is located along the shores of Upper Payette Lake, 16 miles north of McCall.  It is the most popular of all campgrounds on the forest, so plan ahead to stay here during the peak summer season.  Toilets at the campground are universally accessible. First come/first serve sites available. No hook-ups. There is a camp host on site.  Dispersed camping and group sites are also available along the lake.  An interpretive trail is located within 1/2 mile of the campground, and there are paved paths along the lakeshore.  Several trails leave the campground area: the Upper Payette Lake Interpretive Trail #111, the Upper Payette Lake Connector Trail #337, and the Deep Creek Trail #336.  

There is a boat ramp located next to the campground.  Upper Payette Lake is a no-wake lake. The lake is drawn down on September 1st annually and it may be difficult to launch a boat after that date.

At a Glance

Reservations: Sites in this campground can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or Reserve Online.  Sites cannot be reserved through the district office.
Fees $10/night for single unit, $15/night for double unit.  Information about group sites available here.
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: McCall, ID
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Campground is typically open from late June through mid-September. Please call the McCall Ranger District at 208-634-0400 for most current information.

General Information


The campground is located on the west shore of Upper Payette Lake, 17 miles north of McCall, Idaho. To get there take Highway 55 northwest out of town and turn right when you get to Warren Wagon Road/Highway 21. Travel north on this paved two lane highway for 16 miles and turn off on gravel road 495. The campground is located approximately 1 mile up road 495.

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Campground Camping

No. of Sites 13 single sites, 11 double sites
No. of Accessible sites 24

Dispersed Camping

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