A prime spot to camp in McCall. Plan ahead and book early. Great campsites with full hook ups and amenities. Much to do around McCall, yet this campground is good for resting and enjoying the outdoors. Great shade and lots of room to play. Beaches are within walking distance.
Rates went up in 2018 :(
Ponderosa has 2 parts to it. Their main area located next to town is good if you have an rv or like a lot of people. It gets very crowded and can be noisy at night. But water access is pretty easy, along with biking & hiking.
Their other area of tent camping is a little more quiet. Fcfs with 0 hook ups but is basic.
I have stayed here on a few occasions. The tent sites are great and separate from the RVs. Bathrooms were super clean. It was in the fall, so there weren't a ton of other visitors. Definitely recommend!
This camp ground is great if you want an outdoor experience, without losing all the amenities. The camp sites are close but not as close as some of the camping in the East. The park does have nice bathroom and shower facilities. The great thing about this campground is the proximity of the small mountain town, the beach, the programs put on by the rangers and all the trails to explore. My family goes here annually and have for years. It is really cool to drive up to osprey cliff overlook or hike up there and go through some cool marsh areas on the trail. The overlook is a great spot to see a good portion of the lake and get family pictures. This park is great to explore outdoors, not just hang around the camp.
expected this huge state park to be really busy but was pleasantly surprised how quiet it was. Showers were clean and had great pressure. Lots of trails all over to walk the dogs on.
We arrived late but could tell the campground is a little cramped. We had spot with natural dividers between spots. We had to book several months in advance to get a reservation. It was a little expensive for out of staters.
The spots are a little close but we never were bothered by it. If we had dogs it may have been a little more of a nuisance. There is plenty to do here including hiking, biking and enjoying the lake. Bathrooms were clean and had showers. The tent spot we had included a pad which is always nice, campground and a fire ring. This may have been one of the best State Park spots we had on our western trip!!
Though it can be busy, there is plenty to do to get away from everyone. The big pines are amazing, especially if you get up late at night when the meteor showers happen. This site has full amenities.
This campground boasts lovely showers and bathrooms. All well and good if you like to be in a fishbowl. There is no privacy between camp spaces. The rangers do not enforce the quiet hour rule and you get woken up in the middle of the night by screaming kids. Not my idea of a fun camping experience.
We love going to McCall to Ponderosa. In the summer there is swimming, hiking, mountain biking and boating (if you have one) and in the winter there is cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the park. In the summer you can pick wild huckleberries if you time it just right. It is quiet and peaceful.