While their undivided loyalty is to the Idaho Endowment Land beneficiaries, the State Board of Land Commissioners recognizes the importance of recreation to the people of Idaho. Land Board policy allows for public recreation on endowment lands provided those activities do not degrade the lands, interfere with management activities, or otherwise negatively affect the long-term financial return to beneficiaries.
More than 96% of endowment land in Idaho is accessible by foot, watercraft, or vehicle, with about 2.3 million acres available for hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, or other recreation. There are currently 112 miles of designated and signed trails on endowment
lands that are actively managed.
IDL is working on creating designated trail systems and restoration projects to guide recreation. Following trail signs and honoring closures protects valuable endowment land from damage, and helps ensure future public access. IDL land managers may temporarily close areas as needed to enable the effective operation of revenue generating activities and to protect the public.