Kaniksu National Forest
|Kaniksu National Forest|
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
Kootenai River Valley in Kaniksu National Forest
|Location||Idaho / Montana / Washington, USA|
|Nearest city||Coeur d'Alene, ID|
|Area||1,627,833 acres (658,761 ha)|
|Established||July 1, 1908|
|Governing body||U.S. Forest Service|
The Kaniksu National Forest (pronounced "Kuh-NICK-su") is a U.S. National Forest located in northeastern Washington, the Idaho panhandle, and northwestern Montana. It is one of three forests that are aggregated into the Idaho Panhandle National Forest, along with the Coeur d'Alene National Forest and St. Joe National Forest. Kaniksu National Forest has a total area of 1,627,833 acres (6,587.6 km2). About 55.7% is in Idaho, 27.9% in Montana, and 16.4% in Washington.
Kaniksu National Forest was established on July 1, 1908 from a portion of Priest River National Forest. On September 30, 1933 a portion of Pend Oreille National Forest was added, and on July 1, 1954 part of Cabinet National Forest was added. Kaniksu was administratively combined with Coeur d'Alene and St. Joe National Forests on July 1, 1973.
A portion of the Salmo-Priest Wilderness lies within Kaniksu National Forest; however, most of it lies within neighboring Colville National Forest, to the west. Also, a portion (47%) of the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness lies within Kaniksu, with most of it (53%) lying within Kootenai National Forest to its north.
In descending order of land area
- Boundary County, Idaho
- Sanders County, Montana
- Bonner County, Idaho
- Pend Oreille County, Washington
- Lincoln County, Montana
- Stevens County, Washington
- Kootenai County, Idaho
- Table 6 - NFS Acreage by State, Congressional District and County - United States Forest Service - September 30, 2007
- Davis, Richard C. (September 29, 2005), PDF (341 KB), The Forest History Society
- Cabinet Mountains Wilderness acreage breakdown, Wilderness.net