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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