Welcome to the
Idaho Panhandle National Forests

Photo of a Great Blue HeronFrom 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 panhandle of North Idaho.

More than half of Idaho's surface water is on the Forest. Vast lakes and miles of rivers support a world-class fishery. Rich in wildlife, the Forest is home to large game such as elk and deer, as well as species such as grizzly bears, wolves, and caribou. From lush evergreen mountains to the shores of big waters, the Idaho Panhandle has a rich history that continues to link families and forest. Historic cabins and lookouts dot the landscape, while significant places such as the Route of the Hiawatha bike trail, the Emerald Creek Garnet Area, and the Marble Creek Historic District add cultural depth to the landscape. Come discover us!

2020 Employment Information

Find employment opportunitiesPermanent Fire Jobs (Fire Hire) for 2020 will be open for application October 8 - October 29, 2019.

Click here for information on applying for jobs for the summer of 2020.

All Forest Service positions are hired through USAJobs.


Quick Links to Your Outdoor Adventures

Click here to find avalanche and other current winter condition information, including trail maps. Click here to find out about picnicking on the forest. Click here to find a cabin to rent on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest Click here to find out getting a map on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest  Click here for ideas of where you can watch wildlife, birds, and more.Click here to find out about camping on the forest Click here to find out more cutting firewood on the Idaho Panhandle National ForestClick here to find out more about obtaining permits or passes for certain activities on the forest. Click here to find even more recreational opportunities on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest.

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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.

Route of the Hiawatha Rail-Trail

Photo of riders looking at scenery along the trail.

Winding through nine tunnels and over seven high steel trestles, this 15-mile route crosses the Bitterroot Mountains between Idaho and Montana, and it is open to you! Click to find out more.