Posh Park Provisions


    Deluxe Cabins Available for Stays in Ponderosa State Park

    by Jennifer Okerlund, Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation


    McCall, Idaho. Lakeside. Convenient access to town. Stunning sunsets. Unlimited recreation options. Welcome to Ponderosa State Park.

    Covering most of a 1,000-acre peninsula that juts into the Payette Lake, the character of Ponderosa State Park is molded by its diverse topography, ranging from arid sagebrush flats to a lakeside trails, dense forest to spongy marsh.

    Hike, bike, boat, swim, or ski. Ponderosa State Park is an adventure seekers dream-come-true, offering activities year-round. Canoe and kayak rentals are available onsite during the summer and the Blue Moon Yurt, only accessible in winter by Nordic Ski or snowshoe, offers a unique and tasteful dining experiences.
    Close to town. Close to golf. Close to extended motorized and non-motorized trail heads. You will never be short of things to do at Ponderosa State Park.

    Conveniently, you can extend your day time play with an overnight stay. Late spring through fall, the park offers hundreds of campsites with access to water, electricity and central restrooms.

    If the experience you seek doesn’t include tents, sleeping bags or campfires, Ponderosa State Park’s Deluxe Cabins offer the perfect overnight alternative – Year-round.

    The addition of deluxe cabins within state parks to accommodate changing visitor needs and tastes is a trend that is sweeping the nation.  By “deluxe”, Ponderosa State Park means big on views and access while maintaining simplicity and comfort in furnishings. However you choose to look at it, the deluxe cabins are currently the most posh state park provisions available in Idaho.

    masterWhy cabins in state parks, you ask? Customer need and demand. A large segment of state park visitors are aging and while they still want to enjoy their favorite outdoor public places, they prefer a more comfortable overnight stay. By diversifying the overnight options within our parks, such as adding deluxe cabins, we’re able to serve more Idahoans.

    Deluxe cabin options are available in many states, including Washington and Oregon State Parks.

    The deluxe cabins within Ponderosa  State Park  are nestled along the shore of the Payette Lake, each thoughtfully placed to provide premium views and unparalleled lake access. A private master bedroom offers all the comforts of home with a queen bed and easy access to the unit’s full bathroom. Natural light fills the ample living and dining space, with a queen pull-out sofa and stairs lead to a large open loft with two twin mattresses.

    Every cabin offers fully equipped kitchens, sleep six comfortably with all linens provided. Ponderosa even offers one deluxe cabin that sleeps up to eight people.

    Cost:  $150 with additional reservation and cleaning deposit fees. Pets are not allowed. To reserve deluxe cabins, call the Idaho State Park reservation center at 1-888-9-CAMPID or 1-888-922-6743. Reservations for stays within Idaho State Parks are accepted up to nine-months prior to your intended stay and no later than 24-hours before your intended arrival. Popular properties book fast so make your reservations today.

    Idaho’s State Parks offer something for every Idahoan.  Recreate. Rest. Repeat. There’s always more to explore. Learn more at www.parksandrecreation.idaho.gov