McCall, Idaho

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McCall is a resort city on the western edge of Valley County, Idaho, United States. Named after its founder, Tom McCall, it is situated on the southern shore of Payette Lake, near the center of the Payette National Forest. The population was 2,084 at the 2000 census.

Originally a logging community whose last sawmill closed in 1977, McCall is now an all-season tourist destination for outdoor recreation. The resort town is known for its Winter Carnival, extended winters, and the highest average snowfall in the state.



McCall is located at 44°54′39″N 116°6′11″W / 44.91083°N 116.10306°W / 44.91083; -116.10306 (44.910906, -116.103087).[1]

According to the U.S. Census, the city has an total area of 6.6 square miles (17.2 km²), of which, 5.9 square miles (15.3 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²) of it (10.99%) is water.


McCall is approximately 100 miles (160 km) north of Boise, accessed via State Highway 55, the Payette River Scenic Byway, a designated national scenic byway. It heads north from Eagle in Ada County to Horseshoe Bend in Boise County, and climbs the whitewater of the Payette River to Cascade and McCall. The route turns west at Payette Lake in McCall and ends at New Meadows in Adams County, at the junction with US-95.[2]

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