Recreational Use on IEP Property

Due to saturated road conditions, all IEP gates will be closed until further notice.

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.



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.

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:




 Mt Spokane

 Selkirk Lodge Gate (M-17)


 Mt Spokane

 Thompson Creek


 Spirit Lake

 Tesemini Gate (M-41)


 Spirit Lake

 Brickel Creek Gate


 Spirit Lake

 Blanchard Gate (M43B)


 Twin Lakes

 Fish Creek Gate


 Twin Lakes

 Scenic Lodge


 Mica ID  Weller Road Closed


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 –
Old West Hardware
6210 Maine St
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