We had another great day in Idaho. We visited the resort city of McCall, Idaho. It is situated on the southern shore of the Payette Lake, near the center of the Payette National Forest. The population is about 2,000. It seemed like the "Big City" to us, after being in the small town of Riggins for weeks. :-)
We were happy to find a nice sized grocery store where we stocked up on much needed supplies.
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.
We could not believe all the snow. This has been a wonderful winter for us. We wanted to see lots of snow, we were not disappointed. :-) Payette Lake was totally frozen in areas and was absolutely beautiful.
The beauty of McCall and Payette Lake drew attention from Hollywood in 1938 when it was selected as the filming location for the Academy Award-nominated Northwest Passage, starring Spencer Tracy, Robert Young, and Walter Brennan. The film, released in 1940, was about the French and Indian War of 1755-63 in eastern North America. We will be watching the movie again after seeing this awesome town.
We also checked out the RV Parks in town. One was open and had a few sites plowed so you could get the RV parked. When we first decided to spend the month of March in Idaho, we had planned to stay in McCall. Once we saw the site right on the Salmon River in Riggins, we changed our mind. Both places are awesome! We will definitely be back to this area again. More later from Idaho.