From the shores of big lakes to the banks of winding rivers, the Idaho Panhandle National Forests create a tapestry of land and water in the handle of North Idaho. Silver, gold and large timber drew settlers to the area.
More than half the state’s surface water is on the Forest. These vast lakes and miles of rivers support a world class fishery. Rich in wildlife, the Forest is home to large game such as elk and deer, as well as species such as grizzly bears, wolves and caribou that add to the sense of "wildness".
The Idaho Panhandle National Forests are a jointly administered set of three national forests located in Idaho.
There are two wilderness areas, Cabinet Mountains and Salmo-Priest. This forest ranges from the Canada–US border to the Saint Joe River, which is the highest navigable river in the world.
The Idaho Panhandle National Forests are located in the national forest’s Northern Region (Region 1).