Benewah County is a rural county located in northern Idaho with a population of approximately 9,200. It is primarily a natural-resource based economy with timber as the major industry. The county seat is the city of St. Maries, which is located at the confluence of the St. Joe and St. Maries Rivers at the southern edge of Lake Coeur d’Alene.
Land ownership is 79 percent private, including large timber companies, and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, 11 percent federal lands and 10 percent state land. Forest lands comprise 75 percent of the land in Benewah County, and agriculture lands are nearly 16 percent. There are a little more than 200 farms in the county, with the largest commodity being wheat. Other crops grown include barley, bluegrass, peas and lentils.
Half the county is within the boundaries of the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation, and Tribal headquarters are located in the town of Plummer.