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.

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!


Continuing our Service to You During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Continuing our service to you while doing our part to address the COVID-19 Pandemic is very important. To assist us, we are asking all office visitors to self-assess using several USDA-provided questions. MORE


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Many Recreation Sites are Closed


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Quick Links to Your Outdoor Adventures

Click here to find avalanche and other current winter condition information, including trail maps.Avalanche InformationClick here to find out about snowmobile opportunities on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests Click here to find out about x-country skiing opportunities on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest Click here to find out getting a map on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest

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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.