By Jim Stanford on November 8, 2012
Tonight Jackson-Teton County Parks and Recreation and the Snake River Fund will host an open house to help plan the future of BLM parcels along the Snake.
The open house is from 5 to 7 p.m. at the 4-H building, 255 W. Deloney Ave., adjacent to Miller Park. The county will present results of its user survey, along with maps and projected timelines for improving the Wilson and South Park access points. Representatives from WyDOT, Wyoming Game and Fish, Bridger-Teton National Forest and outfitters also will participate.
The decision over how to manage the Snake between Wilson and South Park is likely to be contentious. Already, John Wasson and other river advocates have called for limiting commercial use on the 13-mile stretch, while outfitters have drafted their own management plan.
The Snake River Fund has been working on behalf of river users since 2000 to coordinate the transfer of nearly 1,000 acres formerly managed by the BLM. The transfer will ensure those lands stay in public hands and provide access.
Teton County is slated to take ownership of the BLM parcels at Wilson and South Park, while Game and Fish is eyeing parcel 23, located off Fall Creek Road near Munger Mountain. The state agency has been considering improving access.
Parks and Rec has posted much of the information it intends to present tonight online, for anyone who is out of town but wishes to stay involved. According to the survey, residents rated an improved swimming area the improvement they would like most at Wilson — an amenity that may be included in the new Rendezvous Park, adjacent to the BLM parcel. Only 12 percent of respondents rated commercial access as a major benefit, and 37 percent said there is too much traffic on that stretch of the Snake.