Ponderosa State Park
Beautiful Payette Lake is the centerpiece of Ponderosa State Park, located in the heart of one of Idaho's most popular year-round destinations. Hike and bike on your own or with a guide, listen to a park naturalist around an evening campfire, let the kids ride to the Visitor Center for ice cream treats, rent a canoe or kayak and meander along the Payette River, snowshoe on a groomed trail or simply sit on the front porch of a park cabin and enjoy the spectacular view.
Love the trails for skate / Nordic skiing. Super user friendly, easy parking, beautiful trails and low $$ fees. Love it here!! Couples Nordic season pass is only $50. Now, that's a steal.
We Always WAnder
We visited and unfortunately only had a little time to explore, mostly just used the park for a campsite to spend one night. The campsites are basic with hookups if you choose those loops, paved, nice and flat. They are average in privacy. The park itself is very spread apart and to pay for your campsite you need to drive or ride a bike or something way back out to the entrance, which is a little inconvenient. There are very tame deer all over, they were driving our dog nuts! The park offers miles of trails for hiking or biking and waterfront too. I really wish we could have stayed longer. On our list for a future visit for sure!
Great outdoor place. they offer a lot. Fun activities for kids good snowshoeing trails with light paths at night.
Great walking/hiking trails in the summer and snow shoe trails in the winter. Free access with our State Park Pass! No matter the time of year, we love to visit Ponderosa State Park.
Bathrooms were pretty clean and each camping site feels fairly secluded even though you are surrounded by people. Swimming at the beach near the information center was better than the beach near the camps. The drive up the peninsula was nice, as was riding the trails. Feels fairly expensive, but was well maintained.