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About Parks & Recreation

IDPR’s core values include integrity, compassion, service, stewardship and commitment. We protect the resources that are entrusted to us, we strive to help visitors experience those resources in a positive way and we endeavor to be vital members of the communities in which we operate.

Our Mission

The mission of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation is to improve the quality of life in Idaho through outdoor recreation and resource stewardship.

Our Vision

We are innovators in outdoor recreation, committed to excellent service and resource stewardship. We foster experiences that renew the human spirit and promote community vitality.

A Word from the Governor

“Idaho’s state parks offer natural beauty, recreation, relaxation, and fun to Idahoans and visitors of our great state. Whether you call Idaho home or you are here just visiting, I welcome you to enjoy these beautiful places that help center our lives on what is most important – time with loved ones. Have fun and return to Idaho’s state parks often!”

-Governor Brad Little

IDPR manages 30 state parks throughout every region of Idaho and the registration programs for boats, snowmobiles and other off-highway vehicles (OHV). Money from these registration programs goes back to users to develop and maintain trails, facilities and programs. IDPR also provides free education courses for boaters and OHV operators.  

We also manage several outdoor recreation grant programs that provide facilities and services to a wide variety of recreationists and the local governmental and nongovernmental organizations that serve them. You can learn more about these programs under "Grants and Funding."


IDPR Board and Director

The Idaho Park and Recreation Board provides citizen oversight for the agency. Board members are appointed by the governor to six-year terms. The Board appoints and supervises the agency director. 

Statutes directly applying to the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation can be found at here.

Rules directly applying to the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation can be found at https://adminrules.idaho.gov/rules/current/26/index.html.

The Idaho Recreation and Tourism Initiative (IRTI) is a coalition of state and federal agencies and others dedicated to providing Idaho citizens and visitors with expanded recreation opportunities. Click here to access information about the initiative.

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