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Generating Revenue from Endowment Land

The Land Board and IDL have statutory authority to administer oil and gas leasing on approximately three million acres of land, as well as the beds of navigable waters which were granted to the state in trust at statehood in 1890. IDL also issues and administers leases for lands held by other state agencies, including Fish and Game, Parks and Recreation, and Transportation.

Revenue generated from leasing oil and gas resources on endowment land provides vital funding to the endowment beneficiaries, including Idaho’s public schools. Idaho’s constitution requires IDL to maximize the revenue generated from these lands for the beneficiaries.

Any individual, company or governmental agency that desires to extract oil and gas owned by the state must obtain an oil and gas lease from IDL.

Program Contact

IDL Minerals Leasing Program Manager

Mike Murphy
mmurphy@idl.idaho.gov
Boise Staff Office
(208) 334-0290

Oil and Gas Leases up for Auction

This list includes specific parcels nominated and scheduled for auction.

Lease O600643

  • Lease Number: O600643 (Documents)
  • Registration Deadline: Thursday, October 20, 2022 5:00 p.m. MDT
  • Auction Date: Thurs, October 27, 2022 11:00am MDT
  • Auction Location: 300 N. 6th St., Boise, ID 83720
  • Term: 10 years
  • Use: Oil and Gas
  • Legal Description: T08N R5W Section 24 (53.61 acres)
  • County: Payette
  • Contact: Mike Murphy

Reserved Dates for Oil and Gas Auctions

This list includes dates reserved for auctioning parcels nominated for leasing.

  • Registration Deadline: October 20, 2022 – 5:00pm
  • Auction: October 27, 2022 – 11:00am
  • Nomination Closing: October 14, 2022
  • Tentative Registration Deadline: January 19, 2023
  • Tentative Auction Date: January 26, 2023
  • Nomination Closing: January 13, 2023
  • Tentative Registration Deadline: April 20, 2023
  • Tentative Auction Date: April 27, 2023
  • Nomination Closing: April 14, 2023
  • Tentative Registration Deadline: July 13, 2023
  • Tentative Auction Date: July 20, 2023

Nomination Closing: July 14, 2023

Tentative Registration Deadline: October 19, 2023

Tentative Auction Date: October 26, 2023

Oil and Gas Royalty Audit

Lands and minerals owned by the state are leased to make money for endowment land beneficiaries. IDL requested auditing services to assess whether royalties paid for oil and gas produced from wells were in compliance with the governing statutes, rules and leases, and reflect accurate reporting made by the operator.

Important Documents

Administrative Rules
IDAPA 20.03.16

These rules govern oil and gas leasing on state-owned land and apply to the exploration and extraction of oil and gas resources.

Expiring Leases
Flow Chart

This flow chart explains how expiring leases are advertised, applications are reviewed, leases are drafted, and auctions are held.

Unleased Lands
Flow Chart

This flow chart explains how unleased state lands are advertised, applications are reviewed, leases are drafted, and auctions are held.
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