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Recreational Use on IEP Property

Welcome to IEP timberlands! As active members of our community, we are committed to providing recreation to the public from our working forest.  A working forest is one in which a variety of amenities are produced, such as wood products, wildlife habitat, clean water, and recreation.  Help us continue providing this social benefit by respecting the land, wildlife, and other visitors.

Please be alert while visiting the forest. There are unforeseeable hazards such as wild animals, slippery rocks, and sudden weather changes – the list is nearly endless.  In addition, there are active logging and hauling sites on our working forest which visitors may encounter.  For the safety of yourself and others, please avoid these active work sites, and use caution when visiting more remote areas.

NOTICE

IEP timberlands are closed to all snowmobiles This closure is a direct result of continued damage to young trees from off-road snowmobiling.  IEP will continue to work with local and state organizations to find a long-term solution to the problem. For more information, click here.

NOTICE

Due to high fire danger in the inland northwest, motorized recreation on all IEP timberlands will be temporarily suspended.  This includes, but is not limited to, motorcycles, ATV’s, UTV’s, full-sized vehicles, and firewood cutting.  Our timberlands are still open to non-motorized forms of recreation such as hiking, biking, and horseback riding.

Our gates will re-open once wildfire danger has reasonably subsided.  This temporary closure is an effort to keep our forests green and growing, so we appreciate your patience and understanding.   

Inland Empire Paper Main Entrance Gates

For your convenience, below is a list of our main gates and their current status. For more information please click here.

Not Permitted On IEP Property:

 Area

Gate

 Status 

 Mica, ID

 Bozard Creek Gate

Open

 Mt Spokane  

 Selkirk Lodge Gate (M-17)

Open

 Newman Lake

 Thompson Creek Gate

Open

 Spirit Lake

 Tesemini Gate (M-41)

Open

 Spirit Lake

 Brickel Creek Gate

Open

 Spirit Lake

 Blanchard Gate (M43B)

Open

 Twin Lakes

 Fish Creek Gate

Open

 

IEP Access Permits can be purchased at any of these fine retailers, or please click here for more information.

Rathdrum, ID –
Hico Convenience/Gas Store (Exxon)
15963 N. Hwy 41
Rathdrum, ID

Spirit  Lake, ID –
Miller’s Food City
31964 N. 5th Avenue,
Spirit Lake, ID

Hauser Lake, ID –
Hauser Market & Smoke Shop
17305 W. Highway 53,
Hauser Lake, ID

Coeur d’Alene, ID –
Black Sheep Sporting Goods
3534 N. Government Way,
Coeur d’Alene, ID

Spokane, WA –
White’s Boots
4002 E. Ferry,
Spokane, WA
Near Spokane County Fair & Expo Center

Deer Park, WA –
Levi’s Mini Market
W. 109 4th Street,
Deer Park, WA

Northport, WA –
Morning Bear Coffee
320 Center Avenue, Suite A
Northport, WA

Liberty Lake, WA –
Liberty Lake City Hall
22710 E. Country Vista Blvd
Liberty Lake, WA

Permitted, but require access permits:

  • Berry/Mushroom Picking
  • Christmas Tree Cutting
  • Firewood Gathering
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting/Fishing
  • Motorcycle/ATV Riding*
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sightseeing
  • Snowshoe/Cross Country Skiing**

*Buck Creek and Mica Peak do not require access permits. These are non-motorized areas only.
**The Nordic Trails of Mt. Spokane state park do not require access permits for cross-country skiing.  Winter ski season only.

Download Recreational Access Rules & Regulations