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

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2015 Forest Plan Completed

On January 5, 2015 Northern Rockies Regional Forester Faye Krueger signed the final Record of Decision (ROD) for the IPNF Forest Land Management Plan (forest plan.) Signing the final ROD is the last step in the forest planning process and allows the plan to be implmented after 30 days. The final Record of Decision, revised 2015 Forest Plan, and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) may be viewed and downloaded from the 2015 IPNF Forest Plan web page.

Idaho Panhandle Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) Seeking New Members

The Idaho Panhandle RAC is seeking applicants to fill up to seven vacancies on their 15-member Resource Advisory Committee. Committe members participate in collaborative decision making and recommend distribution of funding for projects on, or adjacent to, the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. Past funding levels have averaged more than half a million dollars each year. The committee’s duties include recommending projects and funding to improve forest health, watersheds, roads and facilities on or adjacent to the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. 

Download an application now!

For more information about the Idaho Panhandle RAC, or the Secure Rural Schools Act, visit the IPNF Advisory Committee webpage.


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.