Snake River Management Use Report

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 9:11am
Snake River Management Use Report

Snake River 2014 Use Study Report

October 13, 2014

Results from 2014 Snake River in Jackson Hole use report are now available online.  This report compiles and analyzes the results found from our onsite staff surveying of river users at both South Park and Wilson from July 3 - September 3, 2014. We'd like to thank both the private and commercial users who logged trips through our voluntary "Register Your Trip" pilot progam this summer.  Data collected from the Register Your Trip online portal was used to assess accuracy of our onsite survey staff.  

The data collected by our staff this summer will assist the consulting team, Confluence Research & Consulting, as they draft the Preferred Alternative for managing the Snake River in Jackson Hole.  We hope to publish the Draft Preferred Alternative by Wednesday, October 29th, and will be hosting a public open house on Wednesday, November 5th from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the 4H Extension Office at 255 W. Deloney Avenue in Jackson, Wyoming.  This open house will give the community a chance to provide public comment and feedback, as well as ask questions and receive clarification about the plan.  

Moving forward, meetings have been scheduled with the Board of Commissioners to review the Draft Alternative Plan once is is distributed.  Please download our schedule for a complete listing of all meetings that are currently scheduled.  Please note, these meetings may change - visit our website for the most up to date information.  

Snake River Management Plan Schedule

September 5, 2014

As the summer winds down, we are finishing up the data collection and surveying at the Wilson & South Park boat ramps.  We'd like to thank all the river users and outfitters that helped us this summer as we gathered information.  The information collected is extremely valuable, and further helps us understand the use at both of these sites, as well as how to adequately plan for future use. The "Register Your Trip" site will remain open so that both private and commericial users can continue to log trips.  

Moving forward, Confluence Research Consulting will be analyzing the data collected and bringing a preferred alternative for the management plan to the Board of County Commissioners, with the end goal of adopting a Final Management Plan before the end of February.  The complete schedule of upcoming events can be found here.   

South Park Boat Ramp Design Revised

June 20, 2014

The South Park Boat Ramp Design has been revised to better accomodate the project's overall goals.  The final location of the ramp has been moved downstream about 500 feet.  After further design and review, it has been determined that this slight change will have notable benefits and allow us to better meet the goals of the project, while minimizing impacts on the river.  

Why is the boat ramp location being constructed in this new location?

  • Uses exisiting trees & vegetation to better hide the boat ramp from nearby residents and the highway
  • Uses an existing eddy and naturally slower river flows
  • Provides for approach and staging areas with relatively slow velocities
  • Maximizes safe public use of the facility
  • Protects mature riparian vegetation more than previous design
  • Avoids disturbance of the southern river bank where rock has been installed and where the river is deep and fast moving
  • Minimizes in stream impacts: for example, will eliminate the need for installation of structures in the river
  • Enables access to the ramp from the river from the left and right of the mid-channel sandbar
  • Minimizes river impact or alterations

When is the South Park Boat Ramp Project starting?

Our construction schedule remains the same, with project bidding occuring in late July, construction scheduled to begin in early August with the majority of the project expected to be completed by November 2014.  Any remaining work will be completed in the spring of 2015.  

Updated Drawing of the South Park Boat Ramp 6.30.14


Snake River Public Comments Available Online 

June 2, 2014

Following the release of the Snake River Draft Management plan in March 2014, public comments were collected until April 30th via an online comment form.  Confluence Research Consulting compiled the results of the online comment form and the comments recieved as well as the letters sent to Board of County Commission during this time.  Summaries of all comments collected, as well as the extended letters can be found below. 

Snake River Summary of Public Comment - Main Report

Snake River Summary of Public Comment - Extended Letters

Draft River Management Plan Released - Comments Welcome

March 14, 2014

The Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department has released the Snake River in Jackson Hole Draft River Management Plan created by Confluence Research & Consulting.  This comprehensive Draft Plan includes a range of alternatives and options for management of the Snake River, but does specifically identify a preferred alternative.  A final plan will be developed after consideration of public and a workshop with the Teton County Board of County Commissioners.  

Below you will find links to three documents, an invitation for public comment, a 12 page overview and the 75 page draft plan itself.  The overview describes the plan's scope and strategy, with a short review of each major section of the plan.  It also includes the 21 tables which list the decisions to be made as the plan moves towards finalization.  The complete draft plan is the more detailed version.  

Snake River in Jackson Hole | Invitation for Public Comment

Snake River in Jackson Hole | Overview of Draft Management Plan

Snake River in Jackson Hole | Complete Draft Management Plan

Teton County/Jackson Parks & Recreation and the consulting team are inviting the public to review the Draft Plan between now and April 30th, 2014.  During this time, we will be collecting comments and feedback online to consider when developing the final plan.  Our online comment form includes several multiple choice questions that provide an easy way to for individuals to weigh in on specific topics addressed in the plan.  Teton County/Jackson Parks & Recreation will also be holding a public open house on Monday, April 14th from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm in the Teton County Library auditorium.  This is a wonderful opportunity for the public to visit with Confluence Research and Consulting, County Commissioners, Parks & Recreation staff and Board, as well as your neighbors who are interested in the plan.  There will be a short presentation about the plan and a chance to provide comments in a public setting.  On Tuesday, April 15th the Teton County Board of County Commissioners will hold a workshop with the consulting team to further explore the plan.  

Snake River in Jackson Hole | Online Comment Form

Thank you for taking the time to review the Draft Plan and provide comments.  If you have any questions regarding upcoming meetings or the public comment period, please contact Steve Ashworth at

Update:  12.19.2013 - BCC Workshop with Confluence Research & Consulting

The Board of County Commissioners will be meeting with Confluence Research & Consulting on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the County chambers to finish the discussion regarding River Management.  Topics covered during this workshop include permitting, fees and revenues.  This BCC Workshop is open to the public, however the County Commissioners will not be taking any public comment.  

Update:  12.10.2013 - BCC Workshop with Confluence Research & Consulting

The Teton County Board of County Commissioners met with Confluence Research & Consulting for workshop concerning the potential river management of the Snake River Corridor.  During this workshop, they discussed the various options for managing permitting and usage, including the number of commercial boats allowed per day.  You can listen in and view the workshop's presentation here:

Update:  8.20.2013 - Grant from Wyoming Game & Fish Received

Teton County is pleased to announce that on August 20th the Board of County Commissioners accepted a grant from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in the amount of $584,554.00 for the phase one development of the BLM Parcel #26, South Park Bridge Boat Access.  Funds will be used to develop the site to provide critical recreational river and swimming access at the South Park Bridge, as well as provide boating and traffic safety enhancements by allowing the potential closing of the Von Gontard’s Landing on the north side of the Snake River. 

In 2010, voters approved a SPET initiative to fund planning and analysis of five BLM parcels, and facilitate an application to transfer ownership from BLM to Teton County.  Over the last year Teton County staff, with the help of the Snake River Fund, has conducted environmental and cultural studies, along with extensive community use research. From this work Teton County has created a site plan that incorporates the entire eastern section of the parcel along with river bank improvements on the western section.  In addition, the plan provides for necessary site amenities to include parking, pedestrian circulation, restroom and trash facilities, as well as landscaping.   Teton County’s goal is to finalize its planning and the land transfer application process by the end of this month.

Steve Ashworth, Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Director, commented, “The Wyoming Game & Fish Department grant enables us to move from planning into development of the site for the benefit of all river users.  This development will allow the county to ensure safe recreational river access in an environmentally sustainable manner.  Teton County is planning to secure bids for phase one development this fall, as well as complete some preliminary site surveying, with the hopes of being ready to break ground in spring of 2014.”

The phase one development is supported by future phases to include upstream recreational whitewater features, bank terracing and public gathering/spectator areas, and the Wilson Boat launch and recreational beach as demonstrated in the Snake River Corridor Improvement Plan. 

This project is being supported through community donations and a voter approved Specific Purpose Excise Tax in addition to the generous support of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

The proposed site plan for the South Park Bridge Boat and Recreational Access can be viewed here.  

Proposed Drawings & Plans

Wilson Boat Ramp 6.24.13

Wilson Boat Ramp 6.24.13

South Park Boat Ramp 6.24.13

Parcel 23A

Current Data Available:

Snake River Use/Improvements Community Survey Results

Wilson/South Park Usage Data

Parcel 26 Environmental Map

Parcels 9/10 Environmental Map

Recreation & Public Purposes Act

Staff Report - BLM Parcel Management Goals and Design Programming Goals (3/18/2013)

BLM Transfer Plan Update (3/20/2013)