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The northernmost area of the state consists of Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai and portions of Benewah, Latah, Clearwater and Shoshone counties. Big game hunt units include 1, 2, 3, 4, 4a, 5, 6, 7 and 9. The regional office is in Coeur d'Alene.
Hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts will find dense forests and the greatest concentration of lakes in the western states. Excellent big game hunting includes both white tail and mule deer seasons. The St. Joe, the worlds highest navigable river, provides premier cutthroat trout fishing.
Elevations in the Panhandle range from 1750 feet on the Kootenai River at the Canadian border to 7690 at Illinois Peak. Idaho record fish including rainbow trout, bull trout, chinook, kokanee, northern pike and tiger muskie were all taken from Panhandle waters.