Welcome to the
Idaho Panhandle National Forests

Two skiers enjoying the fresh powder at Lookout PassFrom 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 handle 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 Hiawatha Trail and Marble Creek Historic District add cultural depth to the landscape. Come discover us!

Quick Links to Your Outdoor Adventures

Click here to find out about getting permits for cutting Christmas TreesClick 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 ForestClick here to find out more about downhill skiing on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest.Click here to find out about x-country skiing and snowshoe opportunities on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest Click here to find out about snowmobile opportunities on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests Click here to find out about picnicking on the forest. Click here for ideas of where you can watch wildlife, birds, and more. Click 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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Before heading out to the woods, be prepared with the best available information!

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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.

Marble Creek Splash Dams Project

Upper splash dam on Marble Creek

The purpose of the Marble Creek Splash Dams Project focuses on improving passage for native westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout.