Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM)

Motor Vehicle Use Maps are the official map for designating all roads and trails available for public motorized travel on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests Kaniksu Zone (Bonners Ferry, Priest Lake and Sandpoint Ranger Districts), Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District and the St. Joe Ranger District. Visitors should not rely on any other maps for making decisions about motorized travel.

The MVUMs display National Forest System (NFS) routes (roads and trails) designated as open to motorized travel.  The MVUMs also display allowed uses by vehicle class (ex. highway-legal vehicles, vehicles 50 inches in width or less and motorcycles); seasonal allowances, off route travel distance allowances, and provides information on other travel rules and regulations.   

Routes not shown on the MVUMs are not open to public motor vehicle travel. Routes designated for motorized use may not always be signed on the ground but will be identified on the MVUMs. It will be the user’s responsibility to reference the MVUMs and stay on designated routes for motor vehicle use.

The MVUMs are black and white maps with no topographic features. It displays legal designations of where you can travel with various motorized vehicles, but for additional information it is best used in conjunction with a Forest Visitor Map or other detailed map.

The MVUMs are free to the public at local Ranger District offices and at the Forest Supervisor’s Office. The MVUMs are available on this website and sections of it may be printed from your home computer.

These maps are in a geopdf format that can be used on mobile devices in various apps, to navigate even while out of cell service.

Maps

Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District

Front (2 mb)

Back (6.5 mb)

 Kaniksu Zone

Front (1.7 mb)

Back (8.8 mb)

St Joe Ranger District

Front - Saint Maries (3.6 mb)

Back - Avery (4.56 mb)

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get a MVUM?

Maps are posted on this website and paper copies of these maps are available free of charge at the following locations:

  • St. Joe Ranger District - St. Maries Office
  • St. Joe Ranger District - Avery Office (check to make sure they're open before making the drive!)
  • Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District – Fernan Office
  • Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District – Smelterville Office
  • Sandpoint Ranger District – Sandpoint
  • Bonners Ferry Ranger District – Bonners Ferry
  • Priest Lake Ranger District – Priest Lake
  • Forest Supervisor’s Office – Coeur d’Alene

Other Idaho Panhandle National Forests’ offices will have the free map as well.  Other partners and distribution locations may be developed over time to help disseminate maps.

How do I print the MVUM?

A full-size version of the MVUM is 36” x 44” and cannot be printed on conventional home printers. A full-size version can only be printed from a large plotter. Many local copy shops, engineering and survey businesses can print the map.

To be readable, only a portion of the MVUM can be printed on 8 ½” x 11” paper using home printers. With PDF viewers/readers, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can use the “Print Current View” function to print the view on your screen.  It is recommended that the legend box be printed to aid in interpretation of the MVUM.

screen capture of the print dialog box

What does a MVUM show me?

The map displays all National Forest System roads and trails allowing public motor vehicle use. This is commonly referred to as designation. It also states that driving off designated roads and trails is prohibited (36 CFR 261.13).

Motorized use includes but is not limited to Motorcycles, ATVs, and 4-wheel drive vehicles.

Designation details include vehicle class, time of year, and motorized access for the purpose of dispersed camping (camping in locations other than developed campgrounds).

Limited motor vehicle access may occur on routes not shown on the MVUM for the purpose of administrative access by Forest Service personnel; for fire and law enforcement; for emergency purposes; and by persons authorized by a written special use permit or contract from the Forest Service.

Does the MVUM also show non-motorized trails and over-snow vehicle uses?

No, a visitor map or snowmobile map will provide information on over-snow and non-motorized routes, including mechanized trails, hiking, and horse trails. Over-snow vehicle use is exempted from designations on the MVUM. Regardless of what other maps (including the Forest Visitor Map) may show as motorized routes, only those routes identified on the MVUM are designated as open to public motorized use and legal for public motorized travel.

Are there road and trail route marker signs on the ground?

Our goal is to have most, if not all, of our motorized travel routes signed at primary junctions.  In some cases, a route marker may exist at the entrance of the road/trail with symbols indicating which classes of vehicles are allowed. Routes designated for motorized uses will be identified on the MVUMs.  The MVUMs are an enforcement tool to ensure individuals are on the correct route.

It is the responsibility of the user to determine if they are on a route designated for the motor vehicle being used. MVUMs will be developed for each forest nationwide. It is not only a tool for motorized users, but also a consistent and standardized law enforcement tool.

After MVUMs are available to the public in map form and on the web, what will be the USFS enforcement strategy?

When new regulations are posted, the Forest Service provides some time to educate the public about the specifics of the regulation. A law enforcement officer contact with the public is a great opportunity to provide information education and create awareness about what information the MVUM conveys. However, law enforcement officers can issue a notice of violation anytime after the MVUM is publicly available.

You can help us maintain this system and keep these opportunities open to all motorized users by letting us know when other users abuse their privilege and travel on routes closed to motorized use by calling any of the offices listed above.