By Jim Stanford on April 26, 2012
Around Christmas, as parties negotiated the final terms of a deal, I apprised venerable outdoors columnist and cult fishing legend Paul Bruun of efforts to create a park along the Snake River near Wilson.
“This is the biggest thing to happen for the river since …” I said, struggling to put the deal in perspective.
“Since forever,” Bruun finished the sentence for me.
The 40-acre property acquired by Rendezvous Lands Conservancy — located upstream of the Wilson bridge, on the northwest bank — will be a jewel for recreation, a place where the community can interact with the river in a setting likely nicer than the old Wilson Beach.
A partnership between the LOR Foundation and Jackson Hole Land Trust, RLC is moving swiftly to bring this dream to life.
RLC envisions a “natural, passive” recreation site. Pierson Land Works is heading the design team. The land is adjacent to the 11-acre BLM parcel where the boat ramp is located, and the Highway 22 pathway bridge also will cross at this location. The survey only takes a few minutes to complete.