St. Joe River Scenic Byway travels along the St. Joe River so named for the towering Cottonwoods which adorn the shore lines and picturesque mountain landscapes. Wildlife abounds along the river’s edge, where deer, elk, moose and bear can be seen. The St. Joe River Scenic Byway is truly a recreational treasure, with something for everyone.

Things To Know

  • Length: 89 miles. Allow 2 1/2 to 3 hours, one way.
  • Location: From St. Maries, at the junction of Idaho 3 and Forest Highway 50 (FS 50), head east along the St. Joe River for 75 miles. At the junction with Road 218, Highway 50 (FS 50), heads north (left) and climbs 14 miles to the Idaho-Montana border.
  • Roadway: Two-lane paved road with numerous pullouts and points of interest along the way.
  • When to Visit: Throughout the year between St. Maries and Avery. Avery to the Idaho/Montana border is usually open from May to November, but this section becomes a snowmobile route during winter.
  • Attractions: Falls Creek Falls, Idaho Panhandle National Forest and St. Joe Wild and Scenic River.
  • Places to Stop: Full services in St. Maries and Avery; partial services in Calder.