- Enjoy jet boating, pontooning, and sailing on beautiful Payette Lake in McCall.
- Spend a day sailing or windsurfing on scenic Lake Cascade.
- Float down the whitewater rapids on the Snake River in Hells Canyon.
- Local suppliers offer almost every type of boating to enjoy during your visit.
Almost everyone enjoys spending time on the water, especially when it’s surrounded by lush forests, beautiful snow-capped mountains, or spectacular granite canyon walls. McCall and the nearby area boast plenty of excellent places to go boating in one form or another. Whether you prefer the thrill of negotiating whitewater rapids, the serenity of sailing on a sparkling alpine lake, or the adventure of a guided river tour through Hells Canyon, you’ll find plenty of boating opportunities in western Idaho from late spring to early fall.
Where to Go Boating
Payette Lake in McCall is perfect for all sorts of boating. McCall boat rentals offer sailing, jet boating, scenic cruises, canoeing, kayaking, wake boarding, and even pontooning on this pristine mountain lake.
Little Payette Lake, a smaller lake located on the east edge of McCall, is perfect for a day of serene paddling away from motor boats and jet skiers.
Lake Cascade, just south of McCall, is a beautiful mountain lake that often has perfect wind conditions for sailing and windsurfing. You can also enjoy canoeing, water skiing, kayaking, boat tours, or a romantic wine cruise on this scenic lake.
The Payette River, Salmon River, and Snake River all boast excellent whitewater rapids for an exciting rafting or kayaking excursion.
Guided boat tours offered by a variety of experienced local guides are very popular on the Snake River through Hells Canyon as well as the
Salmon River. Many of these companies also provide chartered fishing trips throughout the year.
Guided Tours & Rentals
If you’re considering renting a boat or touring one of the lakes or rivers, be sure to check out the boat rentals, rafting trips, and guided tours offered by the suppliers on this page.