Welcome to the
Idaho Panhandle National Forests

From 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!

Christmas Tree Permits Available On-line

Get your Christmas tree permit at Recreation.govGet your Christmas Tree Permit online now

Quick Links to Your Outdoor Adventures

Current ConditionsNorth Idaho Prescribed Fire Information Rent a cabin Stay safe by following the regulations while in bear country. Find a map to take on your adventures. Find out about obtaining permits or passes for certain activities on the forest. Find out about collecting forest products like mushrooms, berries, and more! Get Involved with Forest Projects Find more opportunities for recreation.

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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Know Before You Go

Before heading out to the woods, be prepared with the best available information!


USDA Civil Rights Policy Statement April 9, 2021

Secretary Vilsack writes that, "At USDA, we are recommitting ourselves to the values of equity, inclusion, and equal opportunity for each other and those we serve."

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.

Buy forest maps online at the USGS map store

Buy our Maps Onine at USGS

Interactive Visitor Map

Interactive Visitor Map

Forest Projects

Forest Projects