Recreation Areas around McCall

Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness


The Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness now contains a total of 2,366,757 acres and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service. All of the Wilderness is in the state of Idaho. In 1980 the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness became part of the now over 109 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. In an age of "...increasing population, accompanied by expanding settlement and growing mechanization,..." you play an important role in helping to "...secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by Congress in the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the regulations in place for this area, and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting to ensure protection of its unique natural and experiential qualities.

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply.

Leave No Trace principles:

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

Regulations:
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport are generally prohibited on all federal lands designated as wilderness. This includes the use of motor vehicles (including OHVs), motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters, unless provided for in specific legislation. In a few areas some exceptions allowing the use of motorized equipment or mechanical transport are described in the special regulations in effect for a specific area. Click here for additional regulations or contact the agency.

Contact Information:

NEZ PERCE NATIONAL FOREST
104 AIRPORT ROAD
GRANGEVILLE, ID 83530
Phone: 208-983-1950

PAYETTE NATIONAL FOREST
800 W LAKESIDE AVE
MCCALL, ID 83638
Phone: 208-634-0700

SALMON-CHALLIS NATIONAL FOREST
1206 SOUTH CHALLIS STREET
SALMON, ID 83467
Phone: 208-756-5100

Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness

Driving Directions

Lucky Peak Lake

Lucky Peak Lake is located in the foothills of southwestern Idaho on the Boise River, 10 miles southeast of the city of Boise. Recreation opportunities include swimming, fishing, boating, water-skiing or enjoying a relaxing picnic. State Highway 21, which runs alongside Lucky Peak, is a scenic drive and includes historic towns and other sites along its route. Desert and forested federal public land abound closeby for a semi-primitive or primitive recreation experience.

Driving Directions

From Interstate 84 in southwestern Idaho, near Boise, take State Highway 21 north. The Lake is about 10 miles southeast of Boise. The non-motorized paved green belt trail also connects Boise with Lucky Peak Lake.

Nez Perce National Historical Park

For thousands of years the valleys, prairies, mountains, and plateaus of the inland northwest have been home to the Nimiipuu or Nez Perce people. Extremely resilient they have adapted and survived the settling of the United States. Explore these places. Learn their stories.

Take Flight

Driving Directions

Driving south bound on U.S. Highway 95 you will find the Visitor Center 10 miles from Lewiston, ID. Roughly one mile after crossing the Clearwater River you will find the park entrance on your left. When driving north on U.S. Highway 95 the Visitor Center will be 3 miles north of Lapwai, ID. The park entrance will be on your right.