Many forest recreation sites have now been closed for the season.
- Specific closure information for the Coeur d'Alene River Ranger District is available here.
- We encourage you to contact the Ranger District Offices ahead of your visit throughout the fall to find out the latest information on recreation site closures.
- Current fire information is available on the Coeur d'Alene Interagency Dispatch Center website: gacc.nifc.gov/nrcc/dc/idcdc/.
Camping & Picnicking
The Idaho Panhandle National Forests offer great opportunites for individual and family recreation.
Enjoy America's Great Outdoors at one of our rec sites! This section covers rules of
use for National Forest campgrounds and rec sites, plus some advice on how
to enjoy the outdoors best in IPNF's many diverse recreation areas.
Cabin and Lookout Rentals
Spend a night perched on a 40 foot lookout or in a rustic turn-of-the-century cabin! This section provides information on our cabin and lookout rental program. Choose from 6 sites scattered from the Canadian border to the upper St. Joe Wild and Scenic River.
Trophy lake trout and northern pike are but a two of the fish species that can be pursued on or near the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. The lakes and streams of the IPNF offer challanges and rewards for every angler.
Biking the IPNF
Want to do some hardcore pedal pushing on a steep single-track? Or do you just want to take a leisurely ride on your road bike? The
IPNF offers opportunities for both. This section has safety tips, rules of the trail, and more...
Off Highway Riding
Questions and answers about off highway vehicles in the Idaho Panhandle National Forests.
Hunting and ATVs
A page on the Boise National Forest website which explores the responsible use of ATVs by hunters and possible regulation of ATV useage.
IPNF Trail Guide
The IPNF has hundreds of miles of hiking, horse, and ohv trails. This guide lists of some of our more popular trails.
Outfitters and Guides
The Idaho Panhandle National Forests authorizes commercial outfitters and guides for various summer, fall, and winter activities. See our list of permitted outfitters and guides for addresses, email, and web links.
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 find your own samples of Idaho's State Gem. (Also available as a
downloadable brochure in
Recreational Prospecting, Rockhounding, and Fossil Hunting
Prospecting, rockhounding, and fossil hunting are among the many outdoor pursuits visitors to the IPNF enjoy. This brochure can help you enjoy these activities safely and provide guidelines for when a permit may be necessary. (320k)
Visit Idaho Playgrounds (VIP) Pass is on sale!
The Visit Idaho Playgrounds (VIP) Pass is valid at over 100 sites throughout Idaho that currently charge day-use or entry fees. These include sites managed by state and federal agencies. Passes currently may be purchased via the web at www.idahorec.org or by phone at 1-800-VISIT-ID. The website lists all the sites covered by the Pass, and allows the reader to search for sites by various categories.
Lookout Pass Ski Area
operates under a Special-Use Permit of the U. S. Forest Service, in the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. Lookout is also the home of the Route of the Hiawatha mountain bike or hike trail.
In the future, look to this section for information on many other recreational activities in the IPNF, such as undeveloped camping, hiking, picnicking, rafting and kayaking, hunting, fishing, downhill skiing and snowboarding,
cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, boating, snowmobiling, off-road, motorcycling, wildlife watching, huckleberry picking,
scenic driving, mushroom picking, and horseback riding! Phew!
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