Summer Season Fun

At Shore Lodge, we’re proud of our four-season approach to mountain life. Our summer season attitude is inspired by adventure and fun, and we know you’ll fit right in. No matter how outdoors-y, there’s an activity for every personality on our property or in the neighboring paradise of McCall. Guests relish the close connection to nature—it’s simply impossible not to dig in and let loose when you’re here.

The Jewel of McCall

Tear into every thrill Payette Lake has to offer: catamarans, pontoon boats, wakeboard boats, Chris-Craft boat for group lake cruises, canoes, kayaks, paddles, life vests and more.

Our lakeside resort comes equipped with a full-service marina for you to coordinate your long summer days on the water. Jump aboard one of the vessels to go fishing, tubing or water skiing/wakeboarding. As you pass by Ponderosa State Park, the Salmon River Mountains in the background add extra depth to the scene as they tower over the lake and its 5,330 acres of glacial water. You can also glide across the lake via kayak and stand up paddle board! It’s eight miles long and two and a half miles wide so there’s no shortage of space for everyone to enjoy.

If you don’t have your sea legs, guests can post up at Lake Grill for breakfast and lunch or at the fire pit to roast s’mores at sunset. Though this may go without saying… direct views of the lake can definitely provide a peaceful hangout any time of day.

Championship Golf @ Whitetail Club

An award-winning golf course is just steps from Shore Lodge. The 18-hole, 7,200-yard course is surrounded by Ponderosa pines, granite boulders and trout-filled ponds, and was recently named one of the best resort courses in the nation by Golfweek. It’s typically only open to Whitetail Club members, but Shore Lodge guests also get a chance to play the exclusive course throughout the summer and are invited to compete in the 11th annual Payette Cup, Aug. 25-27.

Book a “Golf & Stay Package” or learn more about the Payette Cup.

Follow the Huckleberries

The wild cousin of the blueberry flourishes in the mountains of McCall during the summer months, and you’re sure to encounter many as you hike on along our trails. The area surrounding Shore Lodge is home to miles of footpaths, where approximately 30 trails take you from easy to moderate inclines and switchbacks. Names range from Hazard Lake, Goose Creek Falls and Hum Lake and some of them meander through Payette National Forest and the Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness, which is the second largest designated nature preserve outside of Alaska. To explore our low-tech wonderland, all you need are hiking boots and a water bottle.

Biking

Shore Lodge guests looking for a leisurely ride through McCall can grab one of our cruiser bikes and head out into the rolling meadows, open grades and forested patches on the Lower Traverse Trail. More intense trails require one of our Trek mountain bikes. Hundreds of miles of trails wait in the nearby parks or at Brundage Mountain. Here, a high-speed chair lift whisks you to the summit for legendary handmade descents created for all skill levels.

River Rafting

The McCall area is tucked away near three different river systems ranging from slow-moving and rambling to rowdy and raucous! Wading, tubing, kayaking or rafting—take your pick this summer. Fun fact: The Salmon River’s middle fork was ranked by National Geographic as the number three whitewater site in the world!

Fishing

Some of the best fishing in the Pacific Northwest happens in McCall’s alpine lakes and rivers. In Payette Lake, we have Kokanee salmon, mackinaw and rainbow trout. In the backcountry, you can follow a guide to the secret angling spots where smallmouth bass thrive.

Summer of Love

We like to think that some of the world’s most romantic weddings take place right here. Our blend of rustic elegance and natural beauty provides a backdrop for weddings, and Shore Lodge’s experienced in-house events team makes sure every event on property is magical.

McCall’s Biggest Summer Events

The historic mountain town hosts some of the best events in Idaho, including the Payette Cup Regatta, Payette Lake Arts and Crafts Fair, ACBS Annual Wooden Boat Show, Yellow Pine Music & Harmonica Festival, Summer Music Festival in Roseberry and more.

Summer Highlight: McCall’s annual July 4th celebration features free chairlift rides, a luau party, group mountain bike excursions, survival games, parades, watermelon-eating contests, live music and, of course, fireworks above Payette Lake.