WILSON, Wyo. — The Wilson Boat Ramp Improvement Project is moving forward, following the contract approval and authorization of additional funds by the Board of County Commissioners on Jan. 3.
The project includes the paving of the access road, a portion of the levee and the construction of a one-way loop, totaling 49,855 square feet of roadway. A series of pathways, a new bathroom and an informational kiosk will also be built. Twenty-eight parking spots including two ADA-compliant spots will be painted on the roadway.
The Board approved the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the project on Nov. 1, 2022, after continuing the item during a September 2022 meeting.
MD Landscaping was selected as the contractor for the project, with a bid of $992,398.90. The Board of County Commissioners approved the contract and allocated FY23 funding totaling $308,399 from the Teton County Capital Fund balance.
The Town of Jackson is contributing $218,500 to the project, according to the staff report submitted to the Board by the Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department.
The project is set to begin in April and should be completed by October with work planned to pause from July through August to avoid impacting commercial boating operations.
Orion Hatch, executive director of Snake River Fund spoke during the meeting in support of the project.
“This has been a lengthy process but the careful consideration and balancing of what is best for recreationalist, outfitters and the environment will payoff once this project is complete in October,” Hatch said.
According to the County, the 10.93-acre site has been used as a formal boat ramp and river access point since the late 1970s. Owned by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the county received a 30-year right-of-way grant from the BLM in 2014 and assumed management of the site.
A different CUP was approved by the Board in 2017, but construction was delayed due to funding constraints.