Remember all the fish you’ve wanted to catch? Fish on!

Why McCall, Idaho, is a fisherman’s “best-kept secret.”

Your time is now; the place is River Ranch McCall. It’s where the thought of tossing a line into the crystal mountain streams at sunset subliminally persuade you to truly unplug, unwind, and understand why Idaho is known throughout the world for its fishing seasons.

Whether you seek the solitude of a backcountry escape all alone with your fly rod in hand, or search for a scenic spot to share with your family and friends, consider McCall as your base camp for your next fishing adventure.

Uncrowded. Understated. Undiscovered.

Henry David Thoreau perhaps said it best: “Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not the fish they are after.”

Far and wide, it’s no secret that sports enthusiasts from all over the world come to Idaho to fulfill their dreams of fishing the pristine lakes and streams that have made our state so famous during this time of the year (and spring and summertime, too).

Right here at River Ranch, we have all of that … and then some.

Locals and visitors alike choose our quiet mountain town for just that: it’s uncrowded and undiscovered.

Just ask any local what makes fishing in and around McCall so special?  They’ll tell you that their town is the ‘best-kept secret’ around.  If you are lucky and deserving, they may share their insight about the hundreds of easily accessible lakes and backcountry streams that are their own ‘secret spots’ and our town’s true attraction.

And of course – that the waters often promise a great catch.  Popular here are the blue-ribbon level Rainbow Trout and Brookies that live and thrive in the clear running streams and Smallmouth Bass that can be a hot catch in the cool mountain lakes.

Within a short scenic drive, or a bit further, Idaho is graced with 26,000 miles of streams and rivers, more than 3,000 natural lakes, and a quarter-million acres of ponds and reservoirs. Inhabiting those waters are 42 game fish species, from giant White Sturgeon to Wild Trout, Catfish to Kokanee, and Smallmouth Bass to Salmon and Steelhead.

What’s Biting Where? Ask A Pro.

Right in town, we have some of the West’s finest professionals who make a living by casting lines from sun-up to sun-down. (Sounds nice, yes?)  No need to search the web as we’ve included this link that provides a variety of information about local recreation outfitters in McCall, Idaho.   For a more comprehensive listing, click here to the Idaho Outfitters Association.

We encourage you to directly connect with our partners who know the lay of the land, streams, and lakes of Idaho.  They can also provide private and group outings and all the equipment one needs to complete your quest to experience the best of Idaho’s famous fishing adventures.

A River Runs Through It

At our ranch home development in McCall, we’ve seen some impressive examples of Idaho’s iconic reputation for producing some of the best fishing opportunities in our backyard along our 2 ½ mile private stretch of the Payette River; every year we see some of the finest Rainbow Trout and Brookies running through its fresh running waters.  No need to ask the locals if the fish are biting; our abundant Bald Eagle and Osprey population at River Ranch will tell the truth.

To Fish, or Not to Fish?

Not a fan of fishing? No problem.  Hit the links, float the lakes, or take in a fall festival. With all that there is to do and see in McCall, you don’t have to fish every day. Although you could…

Live the Life You’ve Dreamed About – All Year Long

Stop dreaming and start living. Contact our sales agent Chris Reino at 208-630-4666 for his personal suggestions on how to have a great fishing adventure in the backyard of your own ranch home along the Payette River.


River Ranch GM to Present Land/Water Preservation Update at Annual IRU Meeting

Idaho Rivers United (IRU) is a conservation organization representing all who love the freedom, adventure, and solitude of Idaho’s rivers. Their mission is to protect and restore the rivers of Idaho.

On September 30th, River Ranch is hosting their annual board meeting at our Community Ranch House.  The agenda includes a presentation by McCall River Ranch Co President and CEO Michael Hart who will talk about how our ranch home development in McCall is protecting the Payette River through our multi-year transition to all organic fertilization programs.  Come meet Mike and the IRU board members and hear more about River Ranch’s approach to responsible development and management practices along our stretch of the Payette River.

To learn more about joining IRU or to make a donation, visit their website at


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