The Salmon-Challis National Forest covers over 4.3 million acres in east-central Idaho. Included within the boundaries of the Forest is 1.3 million acres of the Frank Church-- River of No Return Wilderness Area, the largest contiguous wilderness area in the Continental United States. Rugged and remote, this country offers adventure, solitude and breathtaking scenery. Passed into law on August 7, 2015, is the Jim McClure-Jerry Peak Wilderness Area covering approximately 116,898 acres which is administered by the Forest and the BLM Challis Field Office. The Forest also contains Borah Peak, Idaho's tallest peak, the Wild & Scenic Salmon River and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The area is a highly desired destination for hunting, fishing, white-water rafting and many other popular recreational pursuits. Please refer to the Visitor Guide for more information on the varitey of opportunities on the Salmon-Challis National Forest.
Your National Forests are full of life with abundant animals, plants and water. Almost everything we do has an impact on nature and the environment. This is where the water you drink comes from. So don’t you think you need to learn more about your National Forest? Discover your National Forest. Learn together how we impact each other. The Forest Service would like to invite all of you to use your imagination and discover new animals and plants along the way. Get out and play where the other you lives.
Upper Yankee Fork Large Wood 2014 2015
Restoring the Yankee Fork of the Salmon river to natural levels of large wood to improve fish habitat for Chinook salmon, and steelhead, Cutthroat, and Bull trout. Project implemented during in 2014 and 2015.
Preachers Cove Habitat Improvement Project
This video show a fish habitat restoration project on the Yankee Fork of the Salmon River. Project partners include: Bonneville Power Administration, Bureau of Reclamation, JR Simplot Company, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, Trout Unlimited, and the Salmon Challis National Forest
Upper Yankee Fork Large Wood Restoration Project
Adding Large Wood to the Yankee Fork of the Salmon River for fish habitat restoration. Project partners include Salmon-Challis National Forest, Trout Unlimited, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, and the US Bureau of Reclamation.
Repurposing Forest Waste with a Mobile Pellet Machine
Video featuring Salmon-Challis National Forest Employee David Morris, a Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee Project in partnership with Commandar Chassis and Lemhi County Economic Development Association
Latest news on the Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Effort
Idaho state law currently allows individuals under 16 years old to operate off-highway vehicles (OHV) on National Forest System roads whether or not they have a driver's license. When traveling on National Forest System roads to or from your favorite camping or hunting spot, you may encounter other drivers of all ages with varying experience levels and different types of motorized vehicles. Please take extra care to watch for all kinds of traffic to avoid life-altering collisions on roads managed by your national forest.
Recreational Drone Tips
The following tips are for responsible, hobby
or recreational use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or “Drones” on National Forest System Lands
-Know where to fly
-Follow FAA guidelines
-Protect Wildlife & the Environment
-Fly Safely, Stay in Control