Loon Lake is one of several dozen high mountain lakes located in Idaho’s Payette National Forest, near McCall, Idaho. The elevation of Loon Lake is over 5,000 feet; it is about a five mile hike into the lake from the closest road.
On January 29, 1943, the B-23 “Dragon Bomber” crash-landed on Loon Lake with eight men aboard. The plane touched down on the frozen lake and came to rest about 150 feet from the shore of Loon Lake. After almost three weeks of surviving in the Idaho wilderness, all eight men were rescued. The wreckage of the B-23 has become a destination spot for many summer hikers.