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Waterfalls

Copper Falls

This unique geologic site has a short, easy hike to the falls.

At an elevation of 3,400 feet in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest’s Bonners Ferry Ranger District, Copper Creek plunges 160 feet from a cliff to form Copper Falls. This is a short, moderately steep 0.3-mile hike to the falls that is suitable for families. The trail loops along Copper Creek with a spectacular viewpoint of the small volume Copper Falls. Informational pamphlets are located near the trailhead for a self-guided nature hike.

Latitude 48.972 Longitude 116.141 No swimming or kayaking

Located just a few miles from the Canadian border, Copper Falls also has a campground. Head north on U.S. Highway 95 almost to the Canadian border. Turn right on Road No. 2517 and follow it approximately 2.3 miles to the trailhead on the left.

Lower Snow Creek Falls

Located in the largely undeveloped Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Bonner’s Ferry Ranger District these falls descend 50 to 75 feet in multiple threads as Snow Creek divides. From the turnout, locate the north side of Snow Creek and follow the short, nameless trail to the falls.

Latitude: 48.6645 Longitude: 116.4097 No swimming or kayaking

Access from Kootenai Wildlife Refuge on Forest Road No. 633, 661 and 402. Take U.S. Highway 95 south of Bonners Ferry for 2.5 miles, at the golf course, bear right onto Moravia Road for 3 miles, turn right on West Side Road #417 and continue for approximately 2 miles, at the junction of Road #417 and Snow Creek Road #402, turn left (west) and proceed 1.5 miles where a restricted view of the 75 to 125 foot falls is offered.

Moyie Falls

Moyie Falls is one of the highest volume waterfalls in Northern Idaho under 100 feet. Blasting out of a slot in the canyon, the Moyie River explodes 70 feet into a gorge then cascading another 25 feet. The falls flow year round, but may not be as impressive during the drier times of year.

Latitude: 48.733 Longitude: 116.174 No Swimming or Kayaking

East on U.S. Highway 2, exiting just west of the Moyie River Bridge heading into Moyie Springs; proceed for 0.5 mile until turning left on a residential road, continue on this street for 0.5 mile where you will find numerous parking pullouts providing picture-perfect views of the falls.

Myrtle Creek Falls

A nice short hike to the scenic falls on Myrtle Creek in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest.

Myrtle Creek Falls is a good-sized cascade. There are actually two Myrtle Creek Falls trails; the newer one is fully ADA-compliant. From the trailhead, hike the very steep trail 0.2 mile until reaching an exceptional viewing area of the large outpouring which is halfway up the falls. Visitors are urged to bring bug repellent while viewing this beautiful waterfall in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest.

Latitude: 48.7063 Longitude: 116.4194 No swimming or kayaking

From U.S. Highway 95 in Bonners Ferry, drive west on Riverside Road this road turns into County Road #18, driving past the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge to the Wildlife Refuge office which will become visible. You’ll find the Myrtle Creek Falls trailhead 1/10 of a mile northwest of the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge visitor center.

Smith Falls

Cascading down 60 feet along Smith Creek, Smith Falls offers visitors of all ages a vehicle accessible view. Please be advised to follow all posted regulations as the falls and viewing area are located on private property.

Height: 60 feet Latitude: 48.96001 Longitude: 116.557 No Swimming or Kayaking

For easy access, take US Highway 95 north of Bonners Ferry for 15 miles, next turn north onto Scenic Road 1 and proceed 1 mile before turning west (left) onto an unmarked, paved road then continue for 5 miles, crossing the Kootenai River during your drive. On West Side Road #417, bear north (right) to for approximately 8 miles to locate a marked viewing area of the falls.

Snow Creek Falls

Found in Bonners Ferry Ranger District of the Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Snow Creek Falls is easy to access on improved trails.

Snow Creek is fed by an Alpine lake and several cold creeks. Springs are everywhere and the flow is year-round though somewhat diminished in the summer and early autumn. Snow Creek Falls is actually a pair of falls; the upper is more impressive, with the lower trying hard to compete.

The trail to the viewing areas is almost a mile but features boardwalks over the challenging areas. This is a beautiful walk and the views of the waterfalls are worth the effort.

Latitude: 48.6674 Longitude: 116.4291 No swimming or kayaking

Access from Kootenai Wildlife Refuge on Forest Road No. 633, 661 and 402. Take U.S. Highway 95 south of Bonners Ferry for 2.5 miles, at the golf course, bear right onto Moravia Road for 3 miles, turn right on West Side Road #417 and continue for approximately 2 miles, at the junction of Road #417 and Snow Creek Road #402, turn left (west) and proceed 1.5 miles where a restricted view of the 75 to 125 foot falls is offered.

Bonners Ferry Ranger District 208-267-5561 (Or stop at the office on Highway 95 in Bonners Ferry for trail maps and information)