Recreating on Endowment Lands
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.
Endowment lands do not just provide a steady stream of ever-increasing income to Idaho public schools and other beneficiaries. Idaho has a history of providing abundant recreational opportunities and access on endowment lands. Idahoans – and especially sportsmen – enjoy public access on nearly all legally accessible endowment lands around the state with very few, if any, limitations in most places.
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 temporarily close some areas to recreationists as needed to enable the effective operation of revenue generating activities and to protect the public.