Welcome to the
Idaho Panhandle National Forests

Riding up Fishhook in winterFrom 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.

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. Come discover us!


Quick Links to Your Outdoor Adventures

Rent a cabinCurrent ConditionsClick here to find grooming reports and more for cross country skiing and snowshoeing!Click here to find out more about snowmobiling on the Flathead National Forest Click here to find out more about downhill skiing on the Flathead National ForestClick here to find out how to stay safe by following the regulations while in bear country.Click here to find a map to take on your adventures.Click here to find out more about obtaining permits or passes for certain activities on the forest.Click here to find out more about collecting forest products like mushrooms, berries, and more!Get Involved with Forest ProjectsClick here to find even more recreational opportunities on the Flathead National Forest.


Continuing our Service to You During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Masks are required in all Forest Service buildings and facilities. Find more information at the USDA COVID-19 page.

Our offices are operating virtually until further notice. This means most employees are teleworking, and we are no longer doing any business in-person. To protect the health and safety of our employees and customers, we are not scheduling face-to-face meetings at our offices.

However, continuing our service to you during this time is very important. Please call the office number (to the left) you want to contact and leave a voicemail, and we will return your call. The voicemail inboxes will be checked regularly during business hours. Our office hours are M-F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of the COVID-19.


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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.

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.