Hipcamp host Paul T.
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The River Cabin will close to “Instant Booking “ on November 15. It will be open this Winter for those who enjoy Winter beauty, snowshoeing, reading and hanging out in a little log cabin in cold weather. The road to the cabin will be plowed but you may have to trudge through 2'+of snow for 20-25 yards to get to the door. Bookings will be accepted subject to weather conditions a
The River Cabin will close to “Instant Booking “ on November 15. It will be open this Winter for those who enjoy Winter beauty, snowshoeing, reading and hanging out in a little log cabin in cold weather. The road to the cabin will be plowed but you may have to trudge through 2'+of snow for 20-25 yards to get to the door. Bookings will be accepted subject to weather conditions and guests having a capable vehicle to easily handle Winter conditions. Thank you.

IF ANYONE IN YOUR PARTY HAS SYMPTOMS OR IS SICK, PLEASE CANCEL YOUR VISIT AND REQUEST A REFUND. THANKS FOR DOING YOUR PART DURING THE COVID-19 EPIDEMIC. The River Cabin has a wood stove and an electric space heater. Very private and peaceful! The River Cabin (192 sf) overlooks the unspoiled Moyie River.  Enjoy walking in the forest or sitting  by the river to enjoy the beauty of North Idaho.  The cabin is surrounded by the Selkirk and Cabinet Mountains and is private with no view of neighbors property and is situated in a 15.4 acre Certified Family Forest.  If you hear the rumble of a train at night it's because the Union Pacific passes along the opposite edge of the property from the cabin. There is No Mobile Phone Service.  There is WIFI at The River Cabin. We suggest you activate “Cell over WIFI “ on your mobile phone for safety (911 access). There is a variety of wildlife on and around the property. The log cabin has electricity, a small refrigerator with freezer compartment, electric heat, a hot plate, a Keurig coffeemaker, pans and a toaster oven. It has a set of twin size bunk beds, sofa and a small loft that could be used as an additional small sleeping area.  The luxury (just kidding) outhouse is nearby. The cabin does not have water, but a spigot at the host's cabin provides fresh well water;  a short haul to the cabin.  A Gorilla Polycart (13” tires) is on-site for moving larger water containers.  A camp site sized area between the cabin and river overlook has a fire pit, covered shelter, featuring a USFS-style charcoal grill, benches and picnic table. Firewood is provided but bring your own charcoal. Size wise it is ideal for a couple.  There is also room for a small tent site near the fire pit area and a larger tent site across from the cabin for additional guests.Fun additions for 2019 are a hammock and disc golf “hole”. OUR NIGHTLY FEE Includes all the firewood you need, various cabin supplies and 10% Hipcamp Service Fee. It does not include the 6% Idaho Sales Tax and 2% Idaho Travel and Convention Tax.

Check out our website: campinidaho.com for more info , including a video about the area, and book the River Cabin on Hipcamp. We are also on Facebook.

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Paul a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 9 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 2% off
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 100%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Lots of biking/mountain biking options in the area. Feel free to ride the road in our Forest , just please stay on the road.


Nearby Robinson Lake has a boat ramp. Many other options are in the area. Smith Lake, Bonner Lake , etc.


The Moyie River has trout fishing but flow is usually too swift where it runs by our Forest. Host usually sees fly fisherman fi...Read more


Walk the 15.4 acres around our property. Don't miss the hike to nearby Copper Falls. Numerous USFS trails are close by. Idaho...Read more

Horseback riding

Horses are welcome on our property but we have no corral or pen facilities.


Late Spring/ Early Summer is usually an ideal time to paddle or float the Moyie River. Check with a local outfitter in Bonners...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

OHV riding is not allowed on our property but there are many USFS roads in the area for OHV riding.


Ice Climbing is allowed at nearby Copper Falls. Please contact the USFS Bonners Ferry Ranger station for details

Snow sports

Snow Shoe around our 15.4 acre property. Boundary County plows the approx. 1 mile long road for US 95 to our property. It is v...Read more


Lakes, Rivers, the community pool in Bonners Ferry...you pick

Whitewater paddling

The southern end of the Moyie River provides whitewater paddling . Check the web and local outfitters for details and be safe.

Wildlife watching

Wildlife is everywhere in North Idaho! Be especially careful driving around Dawn and Dusk. In our forest we have seen: Deer, E...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Iron Horse Forest River Cabin in Idaho.


Our forest land is surrounded by the Kiniksu National Forest which is part of the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. The nearest ...Read more

Hot spring

If you bring your Passport, several very nice hot springs are north of Cranbrook , BC. A 51 mi. drive from the cabin but you m...Read more


Nestled between the Cabinet and Selkirk Mountains. Great views from The River Cabin

River, stream, or creek

Cabin overlooks the Moyie River a tributary of the Kootenai River. It has a camp site sized clearing overlooking the Moyie Rive...Read more

Swimming hole

River can cool you off in July and August


Copper Falls is a 3.2 mi. drive plus a short hike from the cabin. One of the highest in Idaho. Old growth forest with restroom...Read more

The vibe at Iron Horse Forest River Cabin

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Hipcamper George
George D.
recommends this listing.
May 29th, 2018

Very nice, well-appointed cabin with electricity, fridge, toaster, 2 coffee makers, electric heater, vacuum and more. Everything is essentially in new condition. What is not yet listed by the host Paul is that there is also a covered BBQ area with picnic table and a stone fireplace, extra bench that has recently been constructed. The river runs fast (Memorial weekend) and deep, so I would not recommend this to a family with young children, but my partner and I give this two thumbs up for those who want to glam camp. ;-)

Hipcamper Paul
Response from Paul, the Host, on May 29th, 2018

George, I am very happy your first experience at our "River Cabin" at Iron Horse Family Forest was a great holiday weekend Hipcamp experience for you and your friend! As you noted we are still improving both the cabin and nearby camp site. The heavy snow pack put us behind schedule on our projects. I am glad they are far enough along you got some enjoyment from them ....hopefully all complete by mid June. Thanks for beating me by adding them to the site description. Far North Idaho is a special place and I hope you can visit us again in the future! Cheers, Paul

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Hipcamper tannis
Tannis H.
recommends this listing.
July 12th, 2018

hi just wanted to say how lovely it was at your cabin. everything went well and it is a top notch cabin-- would like to come back soon. Extremely jprivate and calm. cutest little cabin in the woods by the river. my dog loved it and roamed all the time. I would completely recommend this cabin

Hipcamper Paul
Response from Paul, the Host, on July 12th, 2018

Hi Tannis, We are happy you enjoyed the “River Cabin” for your recent North Idaho getaway!

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Hipcamper Annie
Annie S.
recommends this listing.
August 23rd, 2018

My husband and I absolutely loved it! It was so beautiful and very private and quiet. It is the perfect size for a couple or very small family. We will definitely be going back!

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Hipcamper Paul
Response from Paul, the Host, on August 25th, 2018

We are thrilled you found the getaway you were looking for and enjoyed the River Cabin. As you point out, it is a special place in our special forest. Thanks for becoming a Hipcamper and we hope to host you, your husband and Hipdog 🙂 again soon.

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Hipcamper Craver
Craver S.
recommends this listing.
August 25th, 2018

Our stay was far beyond anything we could have hoped for. It is the perfect get away for anyone looking to unplug and just relax by an amazing river view. The cabin is exactly what you need, and is kept up very well. Pair that with a covered cooking and eating area and you have the best place for a relaxing trip.

Hipcamper Paul
Response from Paul, the Host, on August 25th, 2018

Craver, We are glad your trip up North was all you expected. Come back and see us this Fall.. The s’mores taste better with a cool nip in the air. Paul

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Hipcamper Katie
Katie R.
recommends this listing.
September 3rd, 2018

We just got home from our quick trip to the Iron Horse River cabin, and we had a fantastic time. I took my mom and our pups for a little trip over the holiday weekend to relax before the school year started and it was exactly what we hoped and expected. It was very private, quite and just the most beautiful little spot on the Movie River. Your friends that were visiting were just so sweet and we really enjoyed chatting with them. We had a fantastic time, thank you Paul.

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Hipcamper Paul
Response from Paul, the Host, on September 13th, 2018

Katie, Thank you for your feedback ! The River Cabin is a special place and we are glad we can share it with others. Also thanks for your picture posts, the bird on the fence post is a very creative shot. We hope you can come back again. Glad you brought your pups; we have feedback that HipPups love the cabin and river too. Paul

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Hipcamper Zoey
Zoey G.
recommends this listing.
October 23rd, 2018

Paul truly has created a special place. I was lucky enough to be able to snag the cabin not even 24 hours before I arrived. The cabin is perfect-not too much, yet at the same time wonderfully functional. You could easily fit 6 people into the cabin. One of my favorite features were the beautiful, massive windows that not only provided wonderful natural light but truly panoramic views of the forested surrounding area. Paul's cabin and the water spigot is only a short 3 minute walk away, yet when at the cabin, you cannot hear or see his cabin. Do be warned- though it is sort of a glamping experience since it is a cabin, make sure to still bring your own pots and pans. There is plenty of basics available, but it never hurts to be prepared. The area itself is spectacularly beautiful and is literally 1 mile away from Canada, so bring your passport! I had fun driving around the area and discovering so many hidden trails. The fall leaves were beautiful and I can't imagine how it looks in the summer. The river is literally right out your door. I cannot wait to return to the cabin and introduce more people to this special place. I also can't wait to see what Paul adds to the cabin because it seems like he is constantly improving to this awesome 15 acre piece of paradise. Thank you Paul for a relaxing weekend that helped me recoup from midterms!

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Hipcamper Paul
Response from Paul, the Host, on October 24th, 2018

Zoey we are thrilled you were able to enjoy the River Cabin and surroundings on a truly beautiful October weekend ! Hopefully you can come back soon.

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Hipcamper Heather
Heather H.
recommends this listing.
May 27th, 2019

I just spent the weekend at this beautiful little cabin. I went alone but felt safe the entire time tucked away in the woods. The cabin was clean and had a lot of espentiallys which was so helpful. Beautiful views and close to hiking spots. The cabin was tucked away in its own wooded area with privacy. It sat overlooking the river and mountains. Such a beautiful thing to wake up to! I plan to return at some point! The host is incredible and very inviting. If you’re looking for a relaxing and secluded spot, this is it!

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Hipcamper Paul
Response from Paul, the Host, on May 28th, 2019

Heather, Thanks for visiting our special place in the woods of far North Idaho. I hope you can return and thanks again for sharing your experience.

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Hipcamper Tiffany and Amos

Slice of heaven!

Tiffany And Amos B.
recommends this listing.
June 18th, 2019

Wow, wow, wow! This was hands down our best vacation experience ever! To say Paul was extremely kind and helpful is a huge understatement. He went to far as to map our route from Oklahoma and found a grocery store that was open late a couple hours away (Sanders County Harvest Foods is open until 11P). That was a huge lifesaver of a tip! We had the entire property to ourselves as no one was staying in the campsite or the main house. This was awesome as we were looking for a remote place to stay where our protective dogs could run free. You can't see any neighbors from the property! We hiked all around the 15 acre property and had a truly amazing stay. We took Paul's advice and hiked to Copper Falls (gorgeous), and went even furthur up to Spruce Lake at the top of the mountain and had the lake to ourselves! The couple who own the local convenient store called "Good Grief" are super friendly and happy to provide free WiFi, which was a lifesaver when I had to do a little work on the trip. We also took Paul's advice and went to Kootenai Falls and Suspension Bridge in Libby, MT which did not disappoint! Super cool, must see place! The cabin is absolutely perfect! We loved it so much! Being situated on the river is such a treat and the dogs loved playing in the water down by the campsite where they made little stairs with stones to the water. We can't wait to go back! Thank you so much Paul for sharing your little slice of heaven with the rest of us! <3

Perfect wagon provided for hauling water from the main house to the cabin, goes over ANYTHING! River front property, down by the campsite, the doggies loved it!!!Hiking the propertyThe Jeep parked next to the cabin. Wish I could post more than 10 photos!
Hipcamper Paul
Response from Paul, the Host, on June 19th, 2019

Thanks for visiting the River Cabin and agreeing it is a special place in the forest, by the river. Also, thank you for posting the great pictures of your experience including your beautiful HipPups . I hope you will stop by again the next time you make the long drive from Oklahoma to the beautiful Inland Northwest. Paul

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Hipcamper Carrie

Peaceful haven in the woods!

Carrie Z.
recommends this listing.
July 2nd, 2019

The Iron Horse Forest River Cabin exceeded my expectations! The cabin was beautifully situated in the forest and very well equipped. I loved the fire pit area and the covered dining and grill area was super functional. I spent many hours hanging out in the hammock, gazing at the river and reading my book. The serenade of bird song and the soft burbling of the river were soothing and peaceful...a great place to unplug and unwind! Nearby Copper Falls was a great nature walk and the Creston area of Canada was a perfect day trip destination. I would highly recommend this cozy log cabin for a solo, friend or family weekend.

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Hipcamper Paul
Response from Paul, the Host, on July 2nd, 2019

Carrie, Thank you for adventuring up to far North Idaho . A key goal of Hipcamp is to provide places for folks to tune into nature and destress... glad you found the hammock with a view. Thanks again for visiting and please come again. Paul

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