Idaho Department of Lands

Idaho Department of Lands Mission

To professionally and prudently manage Idaho's endowment assets to maximize long-term financial returns to public schools and other trust beneficiaries and to provide professional assistance to the citizens of Idaho to use, protect and sustain their natural resources. The department encourages clean, respectful use of state endowment trust lands for recreational purposes.


During your recreation experience you may be visited by an Idaho Department of Lands employee, security contractor, or local law enforcement officer. State law requires vehicles to carry a bucket with minimum 1 gallon capacity, 24" handle shovel with a 6" blade, and a 4-BC fire extinguisher.


Recreation activities:

  • Camping- Camping is allowed on endowment lands for up to 14 days.
    • Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site should not be necessary.
    • Choose an established site that will not be damaged by your stay.
    • Restrict activities to the area where vegetation is compacted or absent.
    • Keep pollutants out of water sources by camping at least 100 feet from lakes and streams.
    • Control pets at all times.
    • Do not build structures or furniture or dig trenches.
    • Make sure campfires are extinguished before leaving.
    • Protect wildlife and yourself by storing food securely.

Campfires - Small campfires are allowed on endowment lands when fire restrictions are not in force.

  •  Fires must be in areas cleared of vegetation, burning in non-windy conditions and a shovel, axe and bucket must be present.

For information on current fire restrictions in place, visit or


Fireworks - No fireworks are allowed at any time.

    • Fireworks will be confiscated.
    • The unlawful use of a destructive device or bomb is a felony punishable by a $25,000 fine and life in prison.
  • ATV's/UTV's/Motorcycles- All motor vehicles must stay on improved roads.
    • Fire requirements-A helmet (or bucket with minimum 1 gallon capacity), 24" handle shovel with a 6" blade, and a 4-BC fire extinguisher.
    • Spark arrestor needs to be functional.
    • Obey gate signs.
    • Stay off trails and logging skid trails.
    • Have proper license and tags.
    • Do not shortcut switchbacks.
    • Violators are subject to fines.
  • Dumping- Dumping is not allowed and violations will be prosecuted.
    • Please remove all personal trash generated by your recreation experience.
  • Snowmobiles - All motorized vehicles must stay on improved roads.
  • Fishing and Hunting - A valid license is required and all laws must be respected.
  • Firewood Cutting- A valid firewood permit is required and may be obtained at the Idaho Department of Lands Office at 3706 Industrial Avenue South in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho or one of the area offices listed below.
    • 8 oz. BC minimum fire extinguisher required. (Idaho Administrative Code 20.04.01)
  • Christmas Tree Cutting - Two trees per family are allowed without a permit.
  • Mountain Biking - All bikes must remain on roadways.
  • Berry Picking - No restrictions for private use.
  • Hiking - No restrictions apply.
  • Leave what you find - Treat these lands with respect. Leave plants, rock, and historical artifacts as you find them.

Please respect the natural resources on endowment lands. Please report fires or illegal activity to 911. Enjoy your outdoor experience!!!

For additional information:


Pend Oreille Lake Area

2550 Highway 2 West

Sandpoint, ID 83864



Mica Area

3258 W Insustrial Loop

Coeur d'Alene, ID  83815



Payette Lakes Area

555 Deinhard Ln.

McCall, ID 83638



Ponderosa Area

3130 Highway 3

Deary, ID 83823




To report resource damage or suspicious activities:

Call QSI at 866-437-7722

or contact us online.

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