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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Spring Prescribed Fires Are Underway

Picture shwoing a low intensity prescribed fire creeping past mature trees.Prescribed fire on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests is used to provide a variety of benefits including reduced risk of catastrophic wildfire and improved forest health. Despite the numerous benefits prescribed fires provide we recognize that planned fires and smoke can affect forest visitors and local communities. Our goal is to provide you with the most current information about the status of prescribed fires during the spring and fall burning seasons. Since prescribed fires can be ignited only under certain weather and vegetative conditions, it is difficult to predict exactly when they will be started. We encourage you to check the North Idaho RX Fire website frequently between March 1 and November 15 for the current status of planned prescribed fires on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. Additionally a prescribed fire hotline has been set up at 1-800-232-FIRE.

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.


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.