Paddy Flat Guard Station

Payette National Forest

The Paddy Flat Cabins East and West are undergoing renovation in Summer 2024, and we hope to make these units available for public use in 2025. 

The Paddy Flat Guard Station is located in the Payette National Forest of central Idaho. Guests enjoy the remote area for its hunting opportunities and abundance of hiking, biking, horseback riding and off-highway vehicle roads and trails. Abundant streams and numerous alpine lakes within travel distance offer fantastic fishing opportunities. 

The Paddy Flat Cabin East provides sleeping quarters four up to 4 persons. This cabin is also allowed up to two single-family tents outside. 

The Paddy Flat Guard Station currently offers one rental cabin (Paddy Flat Cabin East). The second rental cabin (Paddy Flat Cabin West) is anticipated to be avilable for public rental in late summer 2023 or early 2024. 

Kitchen utensils such as a coffee pot, frying pans, and silverware are not provided, so please bring your own. Firewood gathering is available in the forest areas surrounding the Paddy Flat Guard Station, although none is available on site.

Paddy Flat Cabin East

Need to Know

Natural Features

This Guard Station sits at an elevation of 5,250 feet and is situated within a scenic meadow surrounded by a dense conifer forest. The Payette National Forest contains some of Idaho's most beautiful and diverse country. Located in west-central Idaho, north of Boise, the 2.2 million-acre forest extends 100 miles west to east, from Hells Canyon to the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, and 70 miles north to south, from the Salmon River to the Weiser River.

Nearby Attractions

While the Paddy Flat Guard Station is located within some of the most scenic forest areas of Idaho, you may find a desire to visit "civilization" during your visit. If you hanker for a pizza, hot lunch or subway sandwich, the town of Donnelly is just a bit of back-tracking away. While you are there, take some time to explore the historic town of Roseberry or take the ten mile drive to Gold Forks Hot Springs for a relaxing dip in their pools. While McCall is a bit further of a drive north, a walk through downtown is always a fun way to while away the afternoon. Spend some time on the waterfront, take in a local museum, visit Ponderosa State Park, or take a tour through the McCall Fish Hatchery.


The Paddy Flat Guard Station serves as an excellent jumping-off point for adventures via horseback, motorcycle, ATV or hiking. Numerous trailheads within a few miles allow access to alpine lakes for fishing, meadows for watching birds and wildlife, as well as peaks ranging as high as 8,681 foot elevation for excellent views of the South Fork of the Salmon River drainage.

Contact Information


102 W. Lake Street McCall ID 83638

Phone Number

For campground inquiries, please call: 208-634-0400

Rental Options

Learn more about gear rental options for your trip

Driving Directions

If you are approaching the cabin from the north (McCall), drive approximately 9 miles south on State Highway 55. Paddy Flat Road will be a left turn (east). This is Forest Road #388. Follow road #388 approximately 5 miles to Paddy Flat Summit. At the summit take Forest Road #389, which is a slight turn to the right. Follow Forest Road #389 approximately 3 miles to the Paddy Flat Guard Station.

If you are driving from the south, Paddy Flat Road will be a right turn approximately 3 miles north of the town of Donnelly. Again, this will be Forest Road #388 heading east. Follow #388 to Paddy Flat Summit, veer right onto Forest Road #389 and continue on to the guard station.

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