It’s All Great in North Idaho!
From lush green forests and snowy mountain tops to crystal clear lakes and rivers, there’s nothing more exciting than enjoying the great North Idaho outdoors. With so many choices, outdoors enthusiasts are guaranteed a spectacular North Idaho adventure. And there’s a lot of it to enjoy!
North Idaho is approximately 20 percent farmland and 80 percent forested. Idaho Panhandle National Forests comprise approximately 2.5 million acres of public land in North Idaho and are within nine counties in three states: Boundary, Bonner, Benewah, Kootenai, Shoshone, Latah and Clearwater Counties in Idaho; Lincoln County in Montana; and Pend Oreille County in Washington.
Idaho Panhandle National Forests are a camper’s paradise with over sixty public campgrounds and picnic areas. A variety of outdoor recreation opportunities are available wherever you go. To make sure you have a campsite reserved for your vacation contact: (877) 444-6777 or visit the forest service website. View our complete camp site directory.
More than half of all the surface waters in Idaho are here in the panhandle, from foam-flecked river rapids to challenge the whitewater rafter and glassy, quiet lakes perfect for canoes. Within the miles of rivers and vast lakes are world-class sport fisheries, many the location of sport fishing records. See more on fishing and hunting.
In addition to championship fishing, there’s a host of other water related activities. Classic wooden boat shows, sailboat rigattas, paddlewheel boat cruises and dozens of public beaches and swimming holes are among the many ways to enjoy the area’s pristine waters and majestic summer days. See waterway info and maps.
In winter, snowy wilds and hundreds of miles of groomed trails beckon cross-country skiers and snowmobilers. Regional ski resorts offer downhill skiers, from beginners and families to serious powder hounds, mountain amenities that rival the best in the nation.
The Selkirk, Cabinet, Coeur d’Alene and Bitteroot mountain ranges feature glacial cirques and gem-like lakes high above timberline and craggy ridgetops. The country, remote and rough to travel, is a special place for those seeking solitude. See more on mountain climbing.
There are many special places in northern Idaho, from popular lakeside campgrounds to high wilderness. Come find your perfect spot and enjoy the year-round excitement and beauty of the Idaho Panhandle National Forest and Idaho’s north country.