The Idaho Panhandle National Forests are located in the northern part of Idaho.
Where is this Forest?


Welcome to the
Idaho Panhandle National Forests

Photo of Sisters Creek gorge, a tributary to the St. Joe River.
Sisters Creek gorge,
a tributary to the St. Joe River.

From the shores of big lakes to the banks of winding rivers, the Idaho Panhandle National Forests create a tapestry of land and water in the handle of North Idaho. The Forest has been and continues to be the lifeline for local communities. Silver, gold and large timber drew settlers to the area. Remnant roads that once led to work now lead to play, and treasures sought are now recreational - water-based activities, winter uses and the traditional hiking, hunting, fishing and gathering....Read more


Campfire and Smoking Restrictions

Link to more information on fire restrictionsStage 1 Fire Restrictions have been implemented for all lands below 3,000 feet in elevation for Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Shoshone, Benewah and Latah Counties. The following are prohibited:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove fire except within a designated recreation site, or on their own land, and only within an owner-provided structure.
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or designated recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

For more information about fire restrictions throughout Idaho please visit the Idaho Fire Info website.

Travel Analysis Study

The Idaho Panhandle National Forest is conducting a study of current national forest system roads throughout north Idaho and will complete this study by the end of 2015. The travel analysis study will identify risks and benefits on Forest System Roads (FSR) roads as they pertain to safe and efficient travel and the protection, management, and use of the national forest. For more information, and to submit commnets, visit the IPNF Travel Analysis web page.

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Know Before You Go

Before heading out to the woods, be prepared with the best available information!


Our Rich Heritage

Photo: Launch at Boathouse. The USFS Firefly at Camp B. Distillery Bay, 1910

Our heritage web pages tell a portion the IPNF story through photos, articles and documents that have been produced since the Heritage program first began in the late 1970s.

Marble Creek Splash Dams Project

Upper splash dam on Marble Creek

The purpose of the Marble Creek Splash Dams Project focuses on improving passage for native westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout.