St. Joe River Area


St. Joe River

The St. Joe River area of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests includes most of what was originally established as the St. Joe National Forest and is now our St. Joe Ranger District.

This is an area of blue-ribbon cutthroat trout streams, Wild and Scenic Rivers, and extensive roadless and primitive areas. We offer miles of trails for hikers, backcountry horse users, mountain bikers, and ATV riders. The St. Joe is nationally recognized for its' elk herds.

Many of our campgrounds are located adjacent to the beautiful Wild & Scenic St. Joe River. Our Route of the Hiawatha rails-to-trails mountain biking route winds across trestles and through tunnels. Visit Marble Creek and view artifacts of early 20th century logging. Spend some time at one of our backcountry cabins or lookouts, or simply spend a day driving the St. Joe River road taking in the beauty of our rivers, mountains, vegetation, and wildlife.

At Tin Can Campground Wild segment of Wild & Scenic River Recreational segment of Wild & Scenic River Near St. Joe Lake Tr 49 trailhead St. Joe River

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Trail Clearing Status Update (6/8/2020)

Hobo Botanical TR255;

Hobo Historical TR254;  

St. Joe River Trail 48 first 3 miles;  

Big Creek TR44 from CCC to the creek;

Cabin Ridge TR565;

Daugherty Hill TR252 to snow;

Indian Peak TR284 to snow line;

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Areas for Campground Camping at St. Joe River Area

RV Camping

Areas for RV Camping at St. Joe River Area

Group Camping

Areas for Group Camping at St. Joe River Area

Dispersed Camping

Areas for Dispersed Camping at St. Joe River Area

Cabin Rentals

Campgrounds and rental cabins are generally open and available to rent from spring to fall each year, opening dates are dependent on snow and weather conditions. 

Select each campground site or cabin's hyperlink to view projected annual opening dates.

Areas for Cabin Rentals at St. Joe River Area


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Horse Riding & Camping

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Nature Viewing

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OHV Riding & Camping

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Rocks & Minerals

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Scenic Driving

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Water Activities

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Winter Sports

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