DescriptionIn northern Idaho and adjoining parts of Montana and Washington, the many-segmented Idaho Panhandle National Forests have rugged peaks, canyons and valleys. The approximately 2.5-million-acre area includes the former St. Joe, Kaniksu and Coeur d'Alene national forests.
Of particular interest are the stands of old-growth cedars at Hanna Flats and Roosevelt Grove near Priest Lake, the Settlers Grove of Ancient Cedars near Prichard and the Hobo Cedar Grove near Clarkia. Among the nearly 400 species of wildlife are wolves and grizzly bears.
Fishing is available at Priest Lake, Lake Coeur d'Alene and Lake Pend Oreille; nature trails traverse these areas. Float trips are popular on the Coeur d'Alene, St. Joe and Priest rivers. Winter sports areas are off SR 6 between St. Maries and Moscow, at Lookout Pass just off I-90 on the Idaho-Montana border and at 4th of July Pass off I-90.
Information is available at the headquarters in Coeur d'Alene and at ranger stations at Avery, Bonners Ferry, Priest River, St. Maries, Sandpoint and Smelterville. For additional information contact the Forest Supervisor's Office, Idaho Panhandle National Forests, 3815 Schreiber Way, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815-8363; phone (208) 765-7223.