“Due to the high demand for the Red Ives Cabin, we use a lottery system for cabin rental reservations to ensure fairness,” said Wade Sims, St. Joe Ranger District Ranger. More than 500 applications were received for the 2013 season with space available for only 50 applicants to be selected for a reservation.
How to Apply for Red Ives Cabin Rental Lottery
· Lottery applications can be obtained from the web at www.fs.usda.gov/ipnf and click on the Red Ives Quick Link.
· You can also pick up an application at the Forest Service Offices in St. Maries and Avery.
· Lottery applications must be received or postmarked by the end of February. 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 2014 season on May 23 – weather permitting – through September 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 2 bedrooms, kitchen, living room, bathroom, and covered front porch; propane stove/oven and refrigerator; hot water, flush toilet, and shower/tub. Propane/battery lanterns are provided for lights and there is a gas log fireplace for heat.
For more information about the Red Ives Cabin, contact the St. Joe Ranger District office in St. Maries at (208)245-2531.
Don’t forget to check out the other rental opportunities on the St. Joe Ranger District!
Arid Peak Lookout:. Arid Peak Lookout was built in 1934 to help detect fires that may have been sparked by the Milwaukee Railroad Line. It was last staffed in 1969 and sat idle for over 25 years before being renovated by a team of over 30 volunteers, the Forest Fire Lookout Association and the U.S. Forest Service. Arid Peak Lookout was restored to its original splendor in 1997 and is available for rent to the public.
The lookout is listed on the National Register of Historic Lookouts and provides epic 360 degree views of the Bitterroot Mountains. Access to the cabin requires a moderately-steep 3 mile hike and availability is dependent on weather conditions.
Surveyor’s Lookout: Surveyors Lookout is perched at 6000' elevation on top of Surveyors Ridge. This 30 foot tower overlooks the spectacular Mallard-Larkins Pioneer Area, Snow Peak and the surrounding mountains. Snow Peak, Middle Sister and Mallard Peak Lookouts are still standing and can be seen from Surveyors. The lookout is available for rental from Mid-July to the end of September. Reservations are available through the National Recreation Reservation System located at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Additional information can be found on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest web-site.