wakeboarding Payette Lake IdahoWhile McCall, Idaho is a place of beauty year round, it’s the summers that truly brings out the best that our town has to offer. Every year between June and November, thousands flock from across the country, quickly discovering McCall packs more adventure per square mile than just about any other summer getaway in the U.S. (In our humble opinion, anyway.)

Whether by land, water or air, our oasis of mountains, rivers, lakes and forests offers an array of summer recreation that is second to none. It’s no wonder so many generations of people have continued to spend their summer vacations here year after year. Here’s a look at just a few of the exciting adventures our great big backyard has to offer this season:

Lake Fun: Guests can swim, sail, water-ski, jet-ski and canoe across McCall’s crown jewel, Payette Lake. The glacially carved expanse boasts more than five thousand acres of water surrounded by a sandy beach that’s perfect for relaxing the day away. Shore Lodge guests enjoy premier access to the lake as the resort boasts a full marina with boat and equipment rentals alongside sailing lessons and guided cruises.

Mountain Biking: While nearby Brundage Mountain is known for some of the best skiing in Idaho, it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down after the snow melts. The adventures continue throughout the entire summer, as adrenaline-seekers take to the lift-served slopes for some of the country’s most extreme downhill mountain biking. With more than 20 miles of single-track trails throughout hundreds of acres of the Payette National Forest, the mountain has a trail for all skill levels. Shore Lodge guests – don’t worry about lugging your bike along. The resort rents our fleet of Trek mountain bikes at full and half day rates.

White Water Rafting: Nicknamed the Whitewater State, Idaho boasts some of the world’s best canyons for heart-pumping rapids rafting. Enjoy the rapids close to home on the Payette River, the beautiful waterway you’ll notice on the road to McCall. Feeling more adventurous? Head just a few hours from town to Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest canyon, offering world-class rafting and kayaking from a variety of outfitters.