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St. Joe River cabin reservations lottery coming up

Red Ives Cabin, a Forest Service rental accommodation on the St. Joe Ranger District. (U.S. Forest Service)
Red Ives Cabin, a Forest Service rental accommodation on the St. Joe Ranger District. (U.S. Forest Service)

NATIONAL FORESTS -- The St. Joe Ranger District is accepting applications for the lottery to select reservation rental dates for the popular Red Ives Cabin.

Red Ives is among the small percentage of national forest rentals NOT on the national online reservation system.

How to Apply for Red Ives Cabin Rental Lottery

  • Lottery applications can be obtained from the web at
  • Or pick up an application at the Forest Service Offices in St. Maries and Avery.

Lottery applications must be received or postmarked by Feb. 29.

  • Mail applications to: St. Joe Ranger District, ATTN: Red Ives Cabin Rental, 222 S. 7th Street Suite 1, St. Maries, ID 83861.

Successful applicants will be notified by mail by the end of March. Cabin rental dates not booked through the lottery process will be available on a “first-come” basis and will be posted on the cabin web site the first week of April.

Red Ives Cabin Information

Red Ives Cabin will open for the 2015 season on May 27 – weather permitting – through Sept. 30. The fee is $60 per night with a maximum stay of three nights. The capacity is eight people. It is located 86 miles southeast of St. Maries, Idaho on Forest Road 218.

No pets are allowed.

The cabin features two bedrooms, kitchen, living room, bathroom, and covered front porch; propane stove/oven and refrigerator; hot water, flush toilet, and shower/tub. Propane and battery lanterns are provided with a gas log fireplace for heat.

Info: St. Joe Ranger District office in St. Maries, (208) 245-2531.

Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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