Payette Lake is a 5,330 acre expanse of clean, glacial water sitting at an elevation of about 5,000 feet in the mountains of Idaho. Over 10,000 years ago Payette Lake was carved out by a glacier 1,000 ft high, 2.5 miles wide and eight miles long. At its deepest point the lake is 392 ft deep. Half of the lake is protected as part of Ponderosa State Park which also offers over 1000 acres of natural wilderness, camp sites, hiking trails and unspoiled beauty on the peninsula jutting out into the center of Payette Lake.

Things To Know

  • Payette Lake offers excellent boating with several sandy beaches and spectacular mountain scenery. Watercraft rentals are available.
  • Anglers can easily fish from the shoreline or a small boat.
  • Ponderosa State Park covers most of a 1,000-acre peninsula that juts into beautiful Payette Lake.