Game & Fish bans motorboats on Snake

By on September 23, 2013
Wyoming Game & Fish hears testimony from more than 75 in opposition to increased motorized watercraft use on the Snake River. (Jake Nichols)

Wyoming Game & Fish hears testimony from more than 75 in opposition to increased motorized watercraft use on the Snake River. (Jake Nichols)

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – After taking public comment from more than 75 speakers at this morning’s meeting held at the Virginian, Wyoming Game & Fish opted to ban motors from Grand Teton National Park to Sheep Gulch, with the exception of a season for single-engine motorized watercraft no larger than 115 horsepower from the day after Labor Day to the end of March.

“Today was a huge victory for the river community in Jackson Hole,” said Rebecca Reimers, executive director of the Snake River Fund, in a statement prepared after the daylong deliberations. “You have reason to celebrate. From the Snake River Fund, a sincere thank you for all of the hard work and efforts around this issue.   Your voice made a difference today.”

Testimonials from local and state elected officials, guides, outfitters, instructors, private users, landowners, hunters, anglers, and non-profit representatives were all opposed to an increase in motorized use on the Snake River.

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About Jake Nichols

Jake is a wedding DJ. He also blabs on the radio at 103.7 FM The Range weekday mornings. He does other things besides write. In fact, it is probably readily apparent that journalism is not his forte. He already knows this so when blogging things like: "8th grade writing level" and "immature reporting" these are not considered insults. In some cases, they read like encouragement.

One Comment

  1. Common Sence

    September 24, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Ok you booted us from the river— from the lakes with our snow planes and from yellowstone on snowmobile—- Things we’ve done for decades– Whats good for the golden goose should be good for the gander- get your mountain bikes off the horse trails- walk to the teton and yellowstone areas and when you come to jackson do so by horse- or bike you hypicrital sons a witches—- Lets see how you feel when we block you from public lands and the usage of them- I want that river pristine now too— lets ban ALL boats that is my quest—– bunch of jet setting hypocrites— and to all of those I’ve rescued from my jet boat— I sure hope your not among the ones bitching about motor craft on the river—— Never seen more eco hypocrites in my life than right here in Jacksons hole—–

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