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Cottage Site Leasing

There are approximately 250 cottage site lots at Priest Lake and Payette Lake and it may be some time before the State divests ownership of most of the lots, so leasing of cottage sites will continue into the future.

Cottage Site Lots Available for Lease

In order to meet our Constitutional mandate to maximize long-term financial returns from the the use of endowment trust land, IDL advertises cottage site leases that are approaching expiration so that anyone can apply for the lease. IDL also advertises leases for cottage sites that currently are unleased.

  • Cottage Site Lots Available for Lease
    These lots are also being advertised for purchase.
    Click here for un-leased Priest Lake lots available for purchase.
    The next auction for un-leased Priest Lake lots available for purchase is scheduled for August 19, 2017. The auction begins at 10:00 AM PDT at the Coeur d'Alene Resort, 115 S. 2nd Street, Coeur d'Alene ID 83814.
    The next auction for leased Priest Lake lots available for purchase is scheduled for August 18-19, 2017. The auction on Friday, August 18 begins at 3:00 PM PDT. The auction on Saturday, August 19 begins at 10:00 AM PDT. The auctions will be held at the Coeur d'Alene Resort, 115 S. 2nd Street, Coeur d'Alene ID 83814.
    Payette Lake leased sites - The next auction for lots at Payette Lake will be early summer of 2018.

Conflicted Cottage Site Leases

The Idaho Constitution states that disposal of state endowment trust land must occur through a public auction if two or more parties apply to lease the same land. Disposal has been determined through Constitutional debate discussions and case law to include both direct sales and leasing of state endowment trust land.

An Idaho Supreme Court opinion in 2012 struck down a 1990 State law that excluded expiring cottage sites leases from the public auction requirement. The decision subjected expiring cottage site leases once again to the conflict auction requirement. The decision also served to assert the Board’s authority in matters related to management of state endowment trust lands.

In early 2013 all expiring cottage site leases were made available for any interested individual to apply for, not just current lessees. Conflict lease auctions were held in December 2013 and the winning bids on all three leases were submitted by the "conflictor" or individual who filed the conflict application.

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