We’re happy you’re here – and if you love the beauty of mountains, lakes, rivers and wildlife then you’ll be happy you’re here too.

Our beautiful town was established at the confluence of the St. Maries and St. Joe Rivers in the heart of the scenic St. Joe Valley in 1913. St. Maries is the county seat of Benewah County and has an approximate population of 2,500.

Benewah County was established Jan. 23, 1915 when it was separated from the southern part of Kootenai County. The county was named for a Coeur d’Alene Tribal chief and covers 787 square miles. 

Logger Memorial

The Logger Memorial, down town St. Maries.

Potlatch Corporation operates a plywood and lumber mill in St. Maries, and remains one of the county’s largest employers. Other major employers of Benewah County include Benewah Community Hospital, Valley Vista Care Corporation, St. Maries Joint School District 41, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Stimson and Jack Buell Trucking.

The City of St. Maries recently celebrated it’s 100th birthday. In 2013, the city rung in 100 years of incorporation with a year full of events commemorating its past.

Please, use this site to get to know our city, its rules and some of the fees associated with our services.