The Salmon-Challis National Forest is located in the center of Idaho.
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Salmon-Challis National Forest

Mystery Lake

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 (Interim Travel Wilderness Brochure) 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. 


Its All Yours Go. Play. WINTER


The Middle Fork of the Salmon flows through the heart of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. As you travel the 104 miles of the Middle Fork, you will see many cultural values present on the river banks of the Middle Fork. This is the home of the Tuka-Deka Sheep Eaters Native American Tribes. The Tuka-Deka were hunter-gatherer people who lived in the river corridor area until 1879. The Sheep Eater war of 1879 ended the permanent residence of the ancestors to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, the Tuka-Deka. The Middle Fork of the Salmon has many irreplaceable cultural resources. Many of the sites have house depressions left behind by the Sheep Eater Indian Tribes. Please respect these sites by camping in designated areas. And leave artifacts where you find them. Help us preserve the stories of the past that are all over the river corridor in the form of pictographs by not touching them. As river users, you can be active stewards in protecting the resources for future generations to enjoy as you visit the Middle Fork of the Salmon.  (Video by Charity Parks.)

Discover your 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.

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Recent News



The Salmon Challis National Forest is beginning the process to revise the Salmon and Challis National Forest Plans. 


On June 28 – 30, 2016 the Salmon-Challis National Forest (SCNF) conducted the first ever Butte Fire Staff Ride.

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