The town of McCall has a long and exciting history starting with the Native Americans of the Shoshone, Bannock and Nez Perce tribes. Finnish settlers joined the Native Americans in the area in the 1880s. These Finlanders built churches, barns, cabins and saunas that still stand today and were an upright, moral community. Banning “lewd and indecent resort and intoxicating drinks,” their settlement led the way for the creation of “infamous” McCall.
After a long and winding history, McCall of today is a haven, welcoming visitors in with open arms and offering an unforgettable experience. We hope you’ll take the opportunity to explore the history of the mining towns, the geography of the glacial lakes and the beauty of Shore Lodge and the incredible wilderness that surrounds it.
Here are our top three little-known places in McCall:
Located within the city limits, this hatchery was built to rear summer Chinook salmon. In the summer months salmon eggs are transported here for incubation and rearing. The early rearing room has 14 containers, two large raceways outside and a collection basin. The hatchery is supplied with water from Payette Lake and is a fascinating place to visit from 8am to 4pm daily. Admission is free, and you’ll want to explore this interesting McCall treat for about an hour.
There is no better way to spend an afternoon in McCall than on Payette Lake. Enjoy a trip on The Idaho, a comfortable boat, and learn all about the magic of McCall as you float the lake. Local history and points of interest are pointed out, and you’ll want to also keep your eyes peeled for Sharlie, the local lake monster.
Don’t miss a chance to enjoy the natural beauty of the Burgdorf Hot Springs. The large pool is 113°F all year round and fed by natural spring water at 150 gallons per minute! A shallow pool is perfect for the little ones – so the whole family can enjoy a trip to this splendid locale. Open from 10am to 8pm, you can rent towels and even swim suits and munch on snacks and drinks.
McCall is an incredible place to explore. Enjoy the town, and come home to Shore Lodge for a relaxing stay each and every night.