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

Wildfire emergency closures shrink due to improving weather, cooler temperatures

Most area closures have been lifted, or significantly reduced in size. For information on current fire-related area, road and trail closures visit the Wildfire Temporary Closures web page.

Travel Analysis documents now available

In June 2015 the Idaho Panhandle National Forests held a series of public meetings to evalulate the risks and benefits posed by individual road segments across the forest. That public input, in conjunction with field surveys, was used to create the Final Subpart A Travel Analysis document. For more information on the purpose of this document, how it was developed and the final product, please visit the IPNF Travel Analysis webpage.

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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.