Payette National Forest Guide

Named for an early fur trapper—Francois Payette—the Payette National Forest covers over 2.3 million acres of forests, rivers, and mountains. The forest is managed by the National Forest Service and is bordered by other federally protected areas. Though some of the lands were cultivated and settled early in its history, nearly all development projects failed. Attempts made at mining, homesteading, lumber production, and milling failed except for a few cattle grazing concerns that still use sections of the land as free-range. Within the forest are two Wilderness Areas—the Frank Church River to Nowhere Wilderness Area and the Hells Canyon Wilderness Area. While small communities like McCall, ID, and Baker City, OR, provide much of the service required to manage such a large area, Boise, ID, the nearest sizeable urban city, claims the forest as its recreation area.

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Payette National Forest Hiking Trails

Things to Do

Activities in Payette National Forest

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How to get to Payette National Forest

Address: 500 North Mission Street, Building 2, McCall, ID 83638

Fee: Entry fee $0

Payette National Forest is easily explored in an RV. Though many of the trails are inaccessible to vehicles, their trailheads are generally available to RV traffic. Getting around the forest in an RV gives you the peace of mind of knowing there is a comfortable spot for you to recover after hiking for miles or climbing hillsides to reach pristine lakes in which to fish. Take an RV to the Payette National Forest and enjoy your stay.