Maps & Publications
The Idaho Panhandle National Forests offer multiple map and brochure products, most of which can be found at our offices, and many of which are available here digitally.
Click on a heading below to find out more about these products.
Forest Visitor Maps
Detailed Forest and District visitor maps are available directly from the Idaho Panhandle National Forests' main offices for $14. These maps include many Forest Service system roads, recreation sites, lakes, rivers, streams, mountain peaks, and ownership. Please go to the Offices/Districts section for contact information.
Many visitor maps may also be ordered online via the U.S. Geological Survey Store. The IPNF is comprised of three proclaimed forests - Kaniksu (north third of the IPNF), Coeur d'Alene (middle third of the IPNF), and the St. Joe (south third of the IPNF). There is a separate map for each of these proclaimed forests:
- Coeur d'Alene
- St. Joe
Motor Vehicle Use Map
Motor Vehicle Use Maps are the official map for designating all roads and trails available for public motorized travel on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests Kaniksu Zone (Bonners Ferry, Priest Lake and Sandpoint Ranger Districts), Coeur d'Alene River Ranger District and the St. Joe Ranger District. Visitors should not rely on any other maps for making decisions about motorized travel. Click here to find MVUMs for the Idaho Panhandle National Forest.
Our Snowmobile Guide
- Kaniksu Area Snowmobile Guide: Priest Lake-Bonners Ferry-Sandpoint (Front)
- Kaniksu Area Snowmobile Guide: Priest Lake-Bonners Ferry-Sandpoint (Back)
- Coeur d'Alene River Area: Snowmobile Trail Map for Kootenai & Shoshone Counties
- St. Joe Area: Current Conditions of Groomed Snow Routes near Avery and St. Maries
We provide a library of GIS (geographic information system) data sets and associated tabular information. Base layers including roads, trails, ownership, and recreation sites are among the products that we offer.
- Recreational Prospecting, Rockhounding, and Fossil Hunting
Prospecting, rockhounding, and fossil hunting are among the many outdoor pursuits visitors to the IPNF enjoy. The Prospecting/Rockhounding and Fossil Hunting brochures can help you enjoy these activities safely and provide guidelines for when a permit may be necessary. (260k - pdf) Updated 2015
- Gathering Firewood
Basic information you should know before cutting firewood. Details on permits, where and what to cut, the best firewood, and fire safety.
- Trees of North Idaho
Want to know what kind of tree hangs over your favorite campsite? Identify native trees with this guide.
- Wildflowers of North Idaho
Curious about the flowers you are most likely to see on your forest excursion? Learn to recognize them with this guide.
- Edible and Medicinal Plants of North Idaho
Many North Idaho plants have some edible or medicinal value. This guide explores the historical importance to Native Americans and early explorers in the plant's edible and medicinal properties.
- Poisonous Plants of North Idaho
Some North Idaho plants bite back! This guide can help you recognize poisonous plants commonly found on our forest. Take the time to be informed and safely enjoy your forest experience.
- Noxious Weed Guide
These alien invaders often crowd out native plants and create problems for people and the environment. Learn to recognize them with this guide.
- Safety in Bear Country
How to avoid attracting bears, hiking safely in bear country, and what to do if you encounter a bear.
- Traveling Forest Roads
How to make travel through the Idaho Panhandle as safe as possible. Details on road types, traffic rules, and some driving safety tips.
- Guarding Against Giardia
Backcountry streams and lakes, although clear and clean in appearance, often harbor a hidden danger. Giardiasis can cause extreme discomfort, and can persist for many months.
- Christmas Trees
Looking for a Christmas tree? By obtaining a permit, you can select any tree you want, within certain guidelines.
Coeur D'Alene River District
St. Joe District
- Garnet Digging at Emerald Creek Garnet Area
There are only two places in the world you can find Star Garnets - India and right here on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests! Find out how you can dig your own samples of Idaho's State Gem.
Priest Lake District
- Huckleberry Picking at Priest Lake (330k - pdf)
Huckleberry picking can be enjoyed as a solitary experience or as a group activity for the entire family. Use this brochure as a guide for locating huckleberry picking areas at Priest Lake.
- Floating Priest River (240k - pdf)
From Priest Lake to the City of Priest River, the Lower Priest River offers diverse opportunities for family float trips.
- Priest Lake Island and Lake Shore Camping (240k - pdf)
Kalispell and Bartoo Islands offer unique camping and recreation opportunities on the Priest Lake Ranger District.
- Hanna Flats Cedar Grove Interpretive Trail (80k - pdf)
- Roosevelt Grove of Ancient Cedars (175k - pdf)
Bonners Ferry District
- Huckleberry Picking at Bonners Ferry (186k - pdf)
Huckleberry picking can be enjoyed as a solitary experience or as a group activity for the entire family. Use this brochure as a guide for locating huckleberry picking areas at Bonners Ferry.
- Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge (Fish and Wildlife web site)