Salmon-Challis National Forest

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Salmon-Challis National Forest
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
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Lost River Range in Salmon-Challis National Forest
Map showing the location of Salmon-Challis National Forest
Map showing the location of Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location Idaho, USA
Nearest city Salmon, Idaho
Coordinates 45°16′54″N 114°11′45″W / 45.28167°N 114.19583°W / 45.28167; -114.19583Coordinates: 45°16′54″N 114°11′45″W / 45.28167°N 114.19583°W / 45.28167; -114.19583
Area 4,235,940 acres (17,142.24 km2)
Established July 1, 1908
Governing body U.S. Forest Service
http://www.fs.usda.gov/scnf

Salmon-Challis National Forest is located in east central sections of the U.S. state of Idaho. At 4,235,940 acres (6,618.66 sq mi, or 17,142.24 km2) it is one of the largest national forests in the lower 48 states and also has most of the land area of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, which is the largest wilderness area south of Alaska. Borah Peak, the tallest mountain in Idaho, is also found here. The Wild and Scenic Salmon River weaves through the rugged terrain of the Sawtooth Mountains and Sawtooth National Recreation Area, while it flows for over 75 miles (121 km) through the forest. The Big Lost River has its headwaters within the national forest.

Challis National Forest, the more southerly of its two parts, lies primarily in Custer County, but also has major areas in Lemhi and Butte counties, as well as smaller areas in Clark and Blaine counties. It has a total area of 2,463,471 acres (3,849.17 sq mi, or 9,969.31 km2). There are local ranger district offices located in Challis, Clayton, and Mackay.

Salmon National Forest, which lies to the north, is primarily located in Lemhi County, with spillover into Valley and Idaho counties. It has a total area of 1,772,469 acres (2,769.48 sq mi, or 7,172.93 km2).[1] There are local ranger district offices located in Leadore, North Fork, and Salmon.

The combined forest headquarters are located in Salmon, Idaho.

Wilderness areas[edit]

There are two officially designated wilderness areas within Salmon-Challis National Forest that are part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Both extend into neighboring National Forests or onto lands of the Bureau of Land Management.

An overview map of Salmon-Challis National Forest with ranger districts and surrounding forests labelled
A map of Salmon-Challis National Forest


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