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.

Most of our campgrounds are free and many are located adjacent to the Wild & Scenic St. Joe River. Our Route of the Hiawatha rails-to-trails mountain biking route winds across trestles and through tunnels. Our Emerald Creek Garnet Area is one of only two locations world-wide where one can find significant quantities of gem quality star garnets. 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

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Cabin Rentals

September 17, 2018 will be the last day services are provided at the campgrounds for the season on the St. Joe Ranger District, with the exception of:

Shadowy St. Joe (closes Sept. 27, 2018)

Cedar Creek (closed)

Emerald Creek Campground (closed)


While services are provided, fees will be enforced. 

Areas for Cabin Rentals at St. Joe River Area

Dispersed Camping

Areas for Dispersed Camping at St. Joe River Area

Group Camping

Areas for Group Camping at St. Joe River Area

RV Camping

Areas for RV Camping at St. Joe River Area

Campground Camping

Areas for Campground Camping 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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