McCall, ID, USA

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McCall, ID, USA

McCall vacation rentals

McCall—lakes and mountains in perfect harmony

Lake and mountain vacations offer the perfect balance of relaxation and stimulation, so what could be nicer than staying in McCall vacation rentals, where both worlds collide? Whether you base yourself in a cozy woodland cabin or a picturesque lakeside lodge, you’ll never be far from the next adventure. From sailing on Payette Lake to snowboarding on Little Ski Hill, McCall’s year-round recreational facilities have made it one of the most popular family resorts in Idaho’s unspoiled Valley County, while its Winter Carnival is a highlight of the annual social calendar.

Party time in McCall

If you’re one of the lucky few to snap up McCall vacation rentals during the town’s famous Winter Carnival, you’re in for a real treat. This popular midwinter celebration has been a staple of local life for over 80 years. The party starts the moment the snow sculptures are revealed in downtown. Friendly skiing competitions, snowshoeing, tubing, and hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails provide plenty of action for young and old alike, while the town’s idyllic center buzzes with music, dancing, and wine tastings. The crowning glory is the carnival parade, featuring colorful Mardi Gras costumes and a torchlight procession.

McCall on the move

Kelly’s Whitewater Park is a scenic 30-mile drive south of McCall. The park has quickly established itself as one of the premier kayaking facilities in the country, regularly hosting prestigious national championships. Trout fishing, nature walks, and river trails are among its many family-friendly attractions. On the return journey, a short diversion takes you to Historic Roseberry Townsite. This collection of local buildings dating from the early 1900s includes a church, general store, and blacksmith’s shop, as well as a schoolhouse that was originally located in McCall and now serves as the Valley County Museum.

McCall’s sporting weather patterns

Cold, snowy winters and warm, dry summers are closely attuned to McCall’s recreational calendar. The mountain peaks are snow-covered from mid-November through April, with the bulk of snow falling in January and February—perfect timing for skiing breaks. Temperatures remain moderate throughout summer, rarely rising beyond the high 70s, providing comfortable conditions for hiking, mountain biking, and water sports. Demand rises for McCall vacation rentals with a pool and sun deck in July and August, when alfresco living is at its most appealing, while October is a good month to enjoy the fall colors and benefit from late-season bargains.

McCall—gateway to a wildlife-rich wilderness

Payette National Forest is on the doorstep of McCall vacation rentals, offering the chance to explore one of the largest designated wilderness areas in the country. The forest contains several species of conifer trees and the Alpine meadows are rich in fragrant wildflowers. The free-flowing Salmon River is home to the endangered Chinook salmon and steelhead, as well as Pacific lamprey and bull trout. The diverse habitat supports over 300 species of mammals and birds, including elk, mountain lions, moose, and river otters, along with rare bald eagles and whiteheaded woodpeckers that are sure to delight bird-watchers.