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part ofIdaho Panhandle National Forests, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Thu Dec 31 2015   Season Dates


Snyder Guard station, located on the banks of the scenic Moyie River, has been listed on the National Register for Historic places since 1982. The complex of seven buildings includes a residence, two log cabins, a cookhouse, warehouse, corrals, a machinery shed and a garage. The facility is spread across 10 lovely acres and is perfect for large groups of up to 70 people or small family getaways.

The buildings on the property were constructed from 1906 to 1936, and most structures are available for rent. A group picnic and camping area provide additional campsites and amenities for six RVs, plenty of room for tent camping, pathways to the river, and more.

Snyder was originally constructed as a remote work station for early Forest Service employees. As roads were constructed and transportation improved, the site no longer required live-in crews, so visitors can now use these buildings as recreation rentals.

Natural Features:

Snyder Guard Station is located within the Lower Kootenai River Area (Bonners Ferry District) of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. The area is bordered by the Purcell and Cabinet Ranges and the Montana Line on the east, the rugged Selkirk Range on the west, and the Canadian border to the north. The Kootenai River meanders north and west through the District, and the Moyie River joins it from the north.

The Guard Station sits at an elevation of 2,500 feet along the Moyie River, 8 miles south of the Canadian border. Terrain in the river valley is relatively flat, and is bordered by Queen Mountain to the West and Ruby Mountain to the east.

The mixed conifer forest include Douglas fir and spruce. Wildlife sightings include elk, deer, black bears, moose and bald eagles.


Outdoor recreational opportunities abound on the Moyie River and nearby lakes. Fishing, whitewater rafting, canoeing and kayaking are all popular pastimes.

Over 70 miles of trails are open to hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, and motorcyclists. The Copper Falls viewpoint trail is just a few miles from the Snyder Guard Station on copper Falls Road #2517. Hunting, huckleberry picking, cross country skiing and snowmobiling are enjoyed in season.


Buildings include the main ranger house, two small log cabins, a cookhouse, a 50' x 30' picnic shelter, a horse pole barn, an onsite host house, and several administrative buildings. Additionally, two horse corrals, vault toilets, a camping loop with six sites, parking for up to 10 vehicles, drinking water faucets, campfire rings, picnic tables, and a mowed grassy playing field are available for use.

The ranger house has three bedrooms, a bathroom with a flush toilet and hot shower, a living room, dining room, and a fully stocked kitchen with enough utensils for 12 guests. The small cabins come with three to four beds and a table and chair. These cabins have no electricity.

The cookhouse is furnished with benches and tables to seat 30, plus cookware and place settings. Outdoor amenities include picnic tables and campfire rings at six sites and a large picnic shelter with a fireplace and grills.

Campers should bring basic camping gear like bedding or sleeping bags, flashlights, food, matches, garbage bags and dish soap. (Click here for more cabin details.)

Nearby Attractions:

A restaurant, gas station and convenience store are less than 10 miles down the road.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Restrooms
  • Bed(s) With Mattress
  • Birding
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Campfire Rings
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Drinking Water (Peak Season)
  • Electric Stove
  • Equestrian Sites
  • Fishing - River
  • Flush Toilets
  • Horse Corrals
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Host
  • Hot Water
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Refrigerator
  • River Access
  • Showers
  • Stock Watering Tank
  • Swimming
  • Table & Chairs
  • Vault Toilets
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wood Cutting
Within 10 Miles
  • Berry Picking
  • Kayaking
  • Motorcycle Trails
  • Tubing
Know Before You Go
  • Entry is by combination lock; contact the ranger district at (208) 267-5561 for combination 10-14 days prior to arrival
  • Please clean up after pets
  • No candles, open flames, or smoking in any building
  • No firewood cutting on Snyder grounds; please bring firewood or cut on adjacent Forest Service lands
  • RVs are welcome but must be self contained; no hookups or dump stations
  • Forest Service employees still use the site and may be present during business hours
  • Volunteer hosts are on hand to answer questions; however, they do not provide cleaning service
  • Please bring garbage bags; this is a "pack it in-pack it out" facility
  • Check in and check out times are strictly enforced
  • Bring certified weed free hay only
  • Horses must stay in corrals; they are not allowed on mowed lawns
  • Click here for more information on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
48.88417, -116.16944
48°53'3"N, 116°10'10"W

Snyder Guard Station is located 36 road miles northeast of Bonners Ferry, ID and takes 50 minutes to drive from point to point.

From the Bonners Ferry Ranger Station, drive north on US 95 for 29.5 miles to Moyie River Road. Turn right (south) onto Moyie River Road (at Good Grief Cafe) and travel south for 5.5 miles. Snyder Guard Station is on the right and is marked with a sign. Travel time is 50 minutes from the Bonners Ferry Ranger District.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

6286 Main Street
Bonners Ferry  ID  83805

Phone Number:

Information:  (208)267-5561
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