Public hot springs in Idaho come in many different shapes and sizes. They range from easy access to multiple days of backpacking to access. The hot springs in McCall are mostly on public lands, national forests, BLM, or wilderness. The developed springs that we’ve listed have small, day use fees.
Located in central Idaho, just north of Boise, there’s a lot to love in McCall. Surrounded by Boise National Forest, the views and tranquility of the area are unmatched. What better way to relax after a long day hiking, biking, or skiing than soaking in a natural mineral spring? I can’t think of one!
While you’re enjoying your next cabin rental in McCall, Idaho, be sure to add these hot springs to your travel itinerary. You won’t regret it!
The Importance of Hot Springs in Idaho
The city of Boise has the largest geothermal system in the country and ranks sixth worldwide. In 2019, Boise plans to expand use of this renewable resource to heat more buildings downtown. Currently, over 6 million square feet of building space is heated by the system with a monthly cost of only $1,000 !
Idaho is a GeoThermal State with public and private resource wells. In order to be considered a geothermal resource well the bottom temperature must be 85*-21*F and are called LTG (low temperature) wells. A bottom temperature of more than 212* in a well is considered a GeoThermal Resource well.
GeoThermal Resource wells are subject to strict placement, drilling, maintenance and abandonment regulations and must carry a bond of $5,000 to $20,000 renewed annually to insure that no contamination with ground water from different aquifers effect potable water.