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Donnelly is a tiny community located in rural Valley County in central Idaho. The estimated population is 150 residents. Donnelly is situated in Long Valley at an elevation of 4,865 feet on the northeast shore of Lake Cascade, or Cascade Reservoir. The town of Donnelly lies between the cities of McCall (13 miles to the north,) and Cascade (16 miles to the south via Highway 55.) The now defunct Tamarack Resort is across the reservoir to the southwest. Lake Cascade is located on the north fork of the Payette River in the Boise National Forest. It is the fourth largest reservoir in the state of Idaho. In addition, there are over 250 smaller lakes and streams in the area. Recreational activities include fishing, swimming, boating and sailing, water skiing, ice fishing, hiking, mountain biking, camping and picnicking. Many natural hot springs are in the area, including the recently developed Gold Fork Hot Springs. The Wildlife Scenic Byway-Highway 55 was recently designated for its natural beauty and abundance of wildlife. It follows the North Fork of the Payette River all the way into the town of Cascade. Other nearby attractions include Roosevelt Lake, Thunder Mountain Train, Snow Bank Mountain Radar Station and sleigh rides to feed the elk. Nearby, the city of Cascade offers shopping and restaurants and is host to the annual 4th of July Thunder Mountain Days, which features a Main Street parade and fireworks display over Lake Cascade.

Surrounding areas: McCall, Idaho (12.8 mi), Cascade, Idaho (15.0 mi), New Meadows, Idaho (19.6 mi), Tamarack, Idaho (21.7 mi), Bear Lake, Idaho (35.1 mi)

Donnelly Vacation Rentals

Donnelly Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Mccall415 S 3RDMccall, ID11.4 mi.(208) 634-6300
Super 8303 S 3RD StMccall, ID11.5 mi.(817) 634-4637
Holiday Inn Express210 N 3rd StMccall, ID11.8 mi.(208) 634-4700
Scandia Inn Motel403 N 3RDMccall, ID12.2 mi.(208) 634-7384
Bear Creek Lodge3492 Hwy 55Mccall, ID12.6 mi.(208) 634-3551
Hotel Mccall1101 N 3RDMccall, ID12.6 mi.(208) 634-5728
Whitetail Club501 W Lake StMccall, ID12.8 mi.(208) 634-2244
The Ashley Inn500 N Main StCascade, ID14.7 mi.(208) 382-5621

Donnelly Weather & Climate

Central Idaho has four distinct seasons with warm summers and cold winters. Spring comes earlier and winter later to central Idaho, which is protected from severe weather by nearby mountains and call themselves "banana belts." Eastern Idaho has a more continental climate, with more extreme temperatures; climatic conditions there and elsewhere vary with the elevation. Precipitation averages 13 inches per year in the south and over 30 inches in the north. Much greater accumulations of snow are experienced in the mountains. Much of the central plains of the lower elevations of central Idaho receive less than 10 inches of precipitation annually.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 31°F 12°F 3.28 in. -
February 36°F 14°F 2.92 in. -
March 42°F 20°F 2.55 in. -
April 51°F 27°F 2.07 in. -
May 61°F 33°F 2.35 in. -
June 70°F 39°F 2.08 in. -
July 79°F 42°F 1.03 in. -
August 80°F 41°F 1.05 in. -
September 70°F 33°F 1.45 in. -
October 57°F 26°F 1.78 in. -
November 39°F 21°F 3.20 in. -
December 31°F 14°F 3.45 in. -

Donnelly Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Mc Call Municipal airport (MYL) located about 11 miles north of Donnelly in Mccall, Idaho, the Bruce Meadows airport (U63) located approximately 43 miles southeast of Donnelly in Stanley, Idaho, and finally the Joseph State airport (4S3) located roughly 72 miles northwest of Donnelly in Joseph, Oregon.

Donnelly Attractions

Golf Courses
McCall Golf CourseMcCallID12.5 mi.
Cascade Golf CourseCascadeID15.3 mi.
Council Mountain Golf CourseCouncilID17.4 mi.
Meadow Creek Golf & Field ClubNew MeadowsID19.4 mi.
Ski Areas
Anthony LakesIsland CityOR105.0 mi.
Sun ValleySun ValleyID111.3 mi.
State Parks
Ponderosa State ParkID14.6 mi. 
Packer Johns Cabin State ParkID16.8 mi. 
Horsethief Reservoir State ParkID17.2 mi. 

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