Welcome to McCall
McCall is the premier community in idyllic Long Valley, a fifty-mile long mix of pastureland and forest surrounded by snow-capped peaks.
At an elevation of 5025 feet, McCall sits at the southern end of Payette Lake. McCall has just over 2,000 residents. Well known to locals and world travelers alike, McCall offers a unique and beautiful backdrop for the best adventures!
Once a sawmill town, McCall is now a world-class, year-round resort community with a down-home feel.
The Payette Lake offers every kind of water sport imaginable in summer, and the Payette National Forest provides more than 21,100 miles of trails, 2,500 miles of roads, 15,000 miles of streams and rivers and 30 campgrounds.
Hiking, rafting, rock climbing, fishing, hunting, bird and wildlife watching are all activities enjoyed in and near McCall. McCall is also home to the only 27-hole golf course in the region plus several private golf courses. You’ll also find art galleries and plenty of restaurants, from home-style to elegant.
Brundage Ski Resort
In winter, Brundage Mountain Ski Resort, ten miles north of McCall, provides excellent powder skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing with a family focus: day care for children 6 week to 8 years of age and lessons for children from 4 to 10 years old. Cross-country skiers will find more miles of groomed trails in Ponderosa Park on the edge of Payette Lake.
Winter in McCall
The McCall Winter Carnival was established in 1924 and draws thousands of visitors each year to view spectacular ice sculptures and participate in the other festival events.
The first Europeans to arrive in Long Valley were Finnlanders, who settled the community of Roseberry, just south of McCall, and established a quiet, church-centered agricultural town. In contrast, McCall was a wild and woolly place, known for its lakeside dance halls and gambling establishments. With mining and timber the chief industries, McCall quickly became a bustling lake port, using a steamboat to transport timber and ore.