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Recreation

So Much To Do and See in the Northern Region

Photo of kayaking the Lochsa River.Follow the route of the Lewis and Clark Expedition through the Bitterroot Mountains, catch your limit of trout at a pristine alpine lake, or camp under the stars and listen to the howl of the wolf. Whether you're looking for the rigors of a wilderness trek or an easy drive along a scenic byway, you'll find it here in the National Forests of the Northern Region.

The Forest Service offers many activities such as hiking, biking, skiing, camping, birding, renting historic cabins and lookouts, driving for pleasure, harvesting mushrooms, and gathering firewood. Many of the facilities and services associated with these opportunities are free. Some do require fees or permits to help maintain, manage and improve the amenities that you enjoy.

 


Photo of a Forest Service Fire lookout tower.

Did you know you can rent a Forest Service cabin or fire lookout tower?

Check out the Cabin Rental Information page  for links to Forest sites and location maps

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Go directly to Recreation.gov for more info and to make your reservation.


Recreation.gov logo and link.
 



Please refer to the Recreation Passes and Permits web page to help you understand where fees and passes exist and the variety of fee and pass options available to you.

In the Northern Region, Interagency Recreation Passes can now be purchased at many National Forest office locations.

 


The Recreation Fee Site Accomplishment Reports highlight recreation accomplishments provided through recreation fee dollars, the revenues and expenditures, and a sampling of planned projects for the Forests and Grasslands in the Northern Region. Your fee dollars continue to do amazing things -- thank you for your support! See how funds are used from the  Recreation Fee Sites across Region 1.


BE SAFE IN THE OUTDOORS!

Check out our Safety and Outdoor Ethics pages. Whether you're roughing it in a tent or planning a family outing to a national forest, there are many ways to make sure your experience is fun and safe.
 

General Safety Outdoors | Camping SafetyTrail Safety | Lightning, Getting Lost and Clothing /Material Checklist | Falling Tree Hazards (image) | Falling Tree Hazards (text)

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Features

Recreation Fee Site Accomplishment Reports

Photo of Reader Bay campground on Idaho Panhandle National Forest.

The Recreation Fee Site Accomplishment Reports highlight recreation accomplishments provided through recreation fee dollars, the revenues and expenditures, and a sampling of planned projects for the Forests and Grasslands in the Northern Region. Your fee dollars continue to do amazing things -- thank you for your support! See how funds are used from the Recreation Fee Sites across Region 1.


Special Places

So much to do and see in the Northern Region!



https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r1/recreation