Grand Teton National Park Foundation

Foundation commits to major investment along Snake River in Grand Teton National Park

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the 10th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic designation of the headwaters of the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park Foundation is launching a multi-year campaign that will transform three popular river access points—Moose Landing, Pacific Creek Landing, and Jackson Lake Dam. Working in partnership with Grand Teton National Park, Snake River Gateways will address inadequate facilities and environmental damage to better connect people with this magnificent resource.

River users enjoy a scenic float down the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park.

The project will enhance and refine the experience at each launch site. By improving the flow of people and watercraft, reclaiming sensitive natural areas, building capacity to address safety, and creating spaces for visitors of all abilities, Snake River Gateways will foster a greater appreciation for and advance stewardship of one of the most iconic waterways in the West. Work at the three locations will be guided by the Wild and Scenic Snake River Management Plan and reflect the designation’s standard for these rivers of distinction, including preservation of free-flowing conditions and water quality, as well as universal access and opportunities to connect with the river.

To date, the Foundation has secured $2 million toward the preliminary fundraising goal of $6 million. When combined with at least $2 million from the National Park Service, private philanthropy will provide a margin of excellence that would not be possible otherwise.

Whether it is once in a lifetime, or once every summer, floating the Snake River in Grand Teton is an unforgettable experience.

Learn more and support this effort by visiting https://www.gtnpf.org/SnakeRiver

Project Priorities

-Restoration and protection of shoreline habitats

-Educational elements to inspire mindful discovery and stewardship

-Functional improvements that prioritize safety, separate user groups, and support visitors and recreationists of all abilities

-Added capacity to address resource protection and safety through volunteer Snake River Ambassadors

Projected Construction Timeline

-2019 – Design and planning

-2020 – Pacific Creek Landing

-2021 – Jackson Lake Dam

-2022 – Moose Landing