Donnelly is about 11 miles south of McCall next to Cascade Lake on Highway 55. Donnelly is the gateway to Tamarack Resort, North America’s newest ski resort. New focus and exposure has come to Donnelly with the arrival of Tamarack Resort. Tamarack Resort is North America’s newest ski resort. Snow cat skiing and Nordic skiing are already part of the fun at Tamarack Resort.
Donnelly has a rich past like most of the small communities in Valley County. Some of the early settlers came to this part of the valley in 1886. Many more came in 1887 and 1888 and settled the eastern slope of the Goldfork Area. Upper Long Valley was used as a summer campground by the Nez Perce, Bannock and Shoshone Indians. Until 1915 they continued to camp along Willow Creek as they made their yearly trip to and from salmon fishing on the South Fork of the Salmon River.