Idaho Panhandle National Forests Prepares to Open Campgrounds by May 30

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, May 8, 2020 –  The Idaho Panhandle National Forests staff is working hard to reopen developed campgrounds by the end of May, or as access conditions allow. Additionally, effective May 11, 2020 the following day-use sites will be available for public access. Developed campgrounds and rental cabins remain temporarily closed.

Day use sites that will become accessible on May 11 include:

Priest Lake Ranger District

  • Kalispel day use site
  • Kalispel boat launch
  • Dickensheet Information center

Bonners Ferry Ranger District

  • Sinclair Lake fishing site

St. Joe Ranger District

  • White Rock
  • Mountain Springs
  • Table Camp

“We are looking forward to opening these sites for public use and enjoyment. Camping and recreating on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests is an activity many individuals and families look forward to experiencing every summer,” said Jeanne Higgins, Idaho Panhandle National Forests Supervisor. “Please continue to follow local, state, and federal guidelines on staying safe while utilizing National Forest System lands and facilities.”

Those with existing cabin rental and lookout reservations through will be notified via email and/or text message if there are any changes. Please be aware that rentals and lookouts will not be cleaned in between use. As in previous years, it is up to the individual renters to bring their own cleaning supplies, and to clean before and after use of the site.

Trails and trailheads remain open. Please remember to avoid congregating at trailheads and/or parking areas and refrain from gathering in groups of 10 or more.

The Idaho Panhandle National Forests continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation. Please remember to review current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with local and state guidelines for social distancing and cloth face coverings.

For information on the projected recreation site opening dates by District and location, please visit, call your local Ranger Station.


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Order 04-2020-03 goes into effect midnight May 10, 2020, beginning a phased reopening of recreation sites on the Forest. Click here for updated closure maps. Follow updated orders on our Alerts and Notices page.