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Recreating on Endowment Lands

top right photoUnlike public lands that are managed by the federal government for multiple uses, State endowment trust lands are managed by the State of Idaho under a Constitutional mandate to generate maximum long-term income for public schools and other State institutions in Idaho.

Dispersed recreation generally is allowed on endowment lands as long as it does not conflict with the revenue generating capacity of the land.

In general, endowment trust lands are more scattered in the southern half of the state and more blocked up in the north.

IDL land managers may restrict recreation where it interferes with the agencys mandate to generate income from uses of the land. IDL land managers may temporarily close some areas to recreationists as needed to enable the effective operation of revenue generating activities and to protect the public.