Welcome to the Idaho Panhandle National Forests

Land of lakes and rivers...

The Idaho Panhandle National Forests create a tapestry of land and water in the panhandle of North Idaho.

Come visit us!

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!


  • Get A Map

    The Forest Service offers multiple maps and brochures. Most can be found at our offices, and many are available digitally.

  • Need A Permit?

    Whether you're looking for an Interagency Recreation Pass or a permit to cut firewood, or you want to film a movie on National Forest System lands, this is where you start.

  • Know Before You Go

    Taking care of ourselves and our fellow travelers, while doing what's right for the land and the wildlife, are everyone's jobs. Visit this page for some tips before heading out into the woods.

  • Kootenai Complex Wildfire Crisis Strategy Landscape

    The 2022 Wildfire Crisis Strategy outlines dramatic action that must be taken to treat hazardous fuels and reduce the risk of wildfire to communities, infrastructure, and municipal watersheds. On the Kootenai and Idaho Panhandle National Forests, The Kootenai Complex was included in the initial landscape designation and plans to treat nearly 45,000 acres in 3 priority firesheds by 2026.

  • Avalanche Center

    Avalanche advisories are updated weekly in winter, plus information on avalanche awareness classes, and other reference materials.

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