The Wilson and South Park boat ramps will be open to Snake River users as early as St. Patrick’s Day, about a month ahead of schedule.
“Due to the exceptional snowfall this year, the Snake River Fund is coordinating efforts and resources to create access to both Wilson and South Park ramps earlier than the Parks Department’s anticipated opening date of April 15,” a Parks and Rec press release said.
Work on clearing access roads and ramps will begin today, and “barring any unforeseen weather impacts, the ramps will be open for river access by Friday, March 17,” the release said.
The Snake River Fund will be responsible for restroom access and facilities maintenance until Parks and Rec takes over on April 15.
“Please be aware that downriver established access and exit points located in the Bridger-Teton National Forest are not currently open,” the release said.
The Snake River Fund reminded people that cold water, unpredictable weather and unnavigable channels should be taken into account when planning a float.
Parks and Rec said temporary closures or restricted access at the Wilson Boat Ramp are possible this spring due to “upland development.”
Anyone who would like to contribute to the Snake River Fund’s ramp clearing campaign can do so at SnakeRiverFund.org. — Staff report
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