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

Stay up to date with current fire information

Inciweb logoWildfire activity is increasing across north Idaho. For the most up to date information visit Inciweb


Widespread wildfires force emergency closures for public safety

Many areas throughout the Idaho Panhandle National Forest have been impacted by emergency wildfire closures. For information on current fire-related area, road and trail closures visit the Wildfire Temporary Closures web page.

Campfire and Smoking Restrictions

Link to more information on fire restrictionsStage 2 Fire Restrictions have been implemented for all lands in Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Shoshone, Benewah and Latah Counties. As of July 14, Stage 2 Fire Restrictions prohibit the following:  (See the Forest Restriction Order for more information about exceptions.)

  • No Fires or use of charcoal.  Prohibited: Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire. (Exceptions: Using a fire or stove fire fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels. Such devices may be used only in an area clear of flammable material.)
  • Smoking Prohibited outside a vehicle or building; or you must be within a 3-feet diameter that is clear of all flammable material.
  • Cross Country Travel Prohibited:Operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails (ATVs, UTVs, Pickups, etc.)
  • Chainsaws/Other Equipment: The following acts are prohibited from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.  and a patrol is required for 1 hour following cessation of all work described below –Operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine. Blasting, welding, or other activities that generate flame or flammable material; using an explosive.  


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.