Welcome to the
Idaho Panhandle National Forests

A 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!

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 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 Monday through Friday 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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  • Route of the Hiawatha

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    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! 

  • The Pulaski Tunnel Trail

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    The Pulaski Tunnel Trail follows a cascading creek into a cool, green forest, belying the devastation and horror that occurred here in 1910.

  • Emerald Creek Garnet Area

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    There are only two places in the world you can find Star Garnets - India and right here on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests! 

  • 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."