Irrigated leases have typically been used for growing wheat, barley, alfalfa, hay, potatoes, corn, beans, mint and other crops; however, other crops will be considered.
DNR typically issues irrigated leases for 10-year terms, as specified by state law (RCW 79.13.060)
Leases are typically on a cash rent per acre basis.
When existing leases expire, DNR may choose to re-authorize the lease and negotiate with the lessee (WAC 332-22-100) or it may allow the lease to go to public auction.
DNR is obligated to consider access and irrigation methods for its parcels in the lease authorization process. Entities who would provide permanent access and permanent methods of irrigation, where the State currently has limited or none, may be given preference.
FINDING A LEASE
If you are interested in leasing state trust lands for irrigated agriculture, use our Interactive Map Viewing Tool to find leases due to expire this year. Look for leases marked as “Open for Lease Application” and submit a Bonus Bid Application during the dates indicated. Download a Bonus Bid Application. Other agriculture properties may be identified as “Public Auction." See a list of parcels identified for Public Auction.