April 2021

Spring in McCall encourages everything to grow. The warmer temperatures revitalize endless mountainside scenes, and the melting snow of McCall, Idaho, brings life and movement to every corner. Much like with every season in McCall, spring, in particular, provides plenty of thrills – mountain biking, rafting, horseback riding, and so much more. Adrenaline rushes happen naturally and often during the great melt, and low-key moments out in the wilderness are just as abundant. Fishing, morel hunting, hiking, and other family-friendly outdoor activities are a big part of McCall’s culture in the spring. And though many say that spring in McCall, Idaho, entails staying inside, Shore Lodge encourages everyone to rethink the great melt as a resource for new adventures! To help you get the most out of spring in McCall, Idaho, we’ve developed specific itineraries for outdoor adventures that fit the season’s setting.

What to expect during spring in McCall, Idaho.

From single-day adventures to extended getaways, you’ll get the ‘local’ experience by visiting McCall during the weekdays. There is a certain subtlety to McCall, Idaho. Though our town’s elevated atmosphere can be felt on any given day, there is nothing quite like experiencing McCall when it’s quiet and feeling like you have the whole place to yourself. When planning your spring vacation to McCall, Idaho, don’t rule out the possibility of weekday trips – traveling mid-week lends itself to a more exclusive and authentic mountain-town experience!

Thrilling Adventures in the McCall Outdoors.

Mountain biking

Once the great melt takes place, mud season begins! Best in the late spring, summer, and fall, you’ll discover some of the best mountain biking trails the country has to offer, conveniently located just a short distance away. Our concierge can help you procure your mountain bike rental to help you get started on your adventure.


Sometimes referred to as the Whitewater State, Idaho serves up countless opportunities to make a splash. Whether you’re an expert rafter or new to the sport, you’ll find plenty of exhilarating rapids on which to get some world-class whitewater right here in McCall. The Salmon River offers rapids ranging from Class I for beginners straight through the white-knuckle Class IV experiences. Meanwhile, Payette River turns it up with a renowned, 15-mile Class V run. Another excellent spot for runs ranging from Classes III – V, the Snake River also boasts incredible scenery as rafters wind through Hells Canyon’s impressive rapids surrounded by jagged rock walls.

Horseback Riding

What better way to channel the spirit of McCall than by taking in sweeping views of its ancient forests and soaring mountaintops on horseback? Saddle up and sightsee as you explore the wilds of Western Idaho on a guided tour that will take you through the backcountry. Keep an eye out for our natural neighbors such as elk, black bears, mountain goats, and mule deer.

Family-Friendly Activities in the McCall Outdoors.


McCall offers many advantages to outdoor enthusiasts. Plentiful and uncrowded fishing is one of them. Here, novice and avid anglers can take home their very own fish tale with opportunities to catch cutthroat trout, Chinook salmon, steelhead, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, Kokanee, crappie, yellow perch, and more throughout our many rivers and lakes. With Payette Lake steps away and Louie Lake just 11 miles out, the best fishing is right at your fingertips. And to help you get started, our concierge can outfit you with fishing gear rental and a list of the best spots for your group.

Morel Hunting

These wild mushrooms are renowned for their earthy, nutty, and subtly beefy flavor and are among the world’s most expensive mushrooms. Since morels cannot be farmed, they must be foraged in the wild, and they take skill to find, identify, and harvest. So, needless to say, the high price tag on morels comes with the territory – literally! And with morels season starting at the end of April and running through early June, you can embark on a mushroom foraging adventure all your own. Check out Whitetail Club’s tips on how to get the most out of your next morel hunt!


Here in McCall, hiking conditions are best in late spring, summer, and fall. Discover spring’s blossoming foliage and melting creeks with hikes that range from easy to moderate and vary in length from one to six miles. Here’s your chance to walk the walk.

Whether you choose to launch into adventure or relaxation this spring, Shore Lodge is the perfect launchpad. Ready to get started? Explore our accommodations here.