Board of Commissioners of Public Lands

Public Access

The school trust lands are distinct from other public lands—such as parks or national forests—because the state’s founders declared that school trust lands would always belong to the Trusts’ beneficiaries—Wisconsin’s public education system. Our obligation is to protect and improve the health and vigor of the school trust lands for maximum, long-term financial return for these beneficiaries.

All school trust lands are open to the public for hunting, fishing, trapping, berry picking and hiking. Snowmobile and ATV riding is allowed on designated trail networks operated by the local county  Some school trust lands, however, are surrounded by private property and we urge visitors to respect private property rights by requesting permission to cross private lands to access them.  For information on how to access school trust lands, contact our Forest Supervisor.

We are using our land bank authority to increase public access to school trust lands. Since being granted Land Bank Authority, the number of acres accessible to the public has increased by over 28%.

To view a map of school trust land total acreage by county, click here

To view individual maps of BCPL ownership by county, click here

NEW! In a collaborative effort with the Wisconsin DNR, BCPL managed lands are available on the interactive DNR Managed Lands web viewer.

Click here to go to the DNR Managed Lands site with the BCPL lands the only active data layer.

BCPL lands can be seen in the context of other lands by clicking the "More.." button near the top of the page and checking the box next to the desired land layers.