Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park awards concession contracts for floating and fishing

December 10, 2009, 8:06 am
The National Park Service has awarded a dozen floating, fishing and horseback concession contracts in Grand Teton National Park.

The contracts include 11 that originally expired at the end of 2008 but were continued for an additional year. The park also issued a new fishing contract on the Snake River from the Moose landing down.

The contracts will take effect Jan. 1 and will last for 10 years.

During the process, the Park Service gave current concessionaires Barker-Ewing Scenic Tours, Jack Dennis Fishing Trips, Snake River Angler and Float Trips, Heart 6 Ranch, National Park Float Trips, O.A.R.S. Inc., Solitude Float Trips, Lost Creek Ranch, Boy Scouts of America and R Lazy S Ranch  a chance to beat a better offer. Those 10 concessionaires were awarded their contracts.

While most of the existing contracts remained the same, the Lost Creek Ranch contract was changed so it is no longer for ranch guests only and monthly fishing launches were reduced from 10 to five. Also, the R Lazy S Ranch contract is no longer for guests only, daily launches were reduced from five to two and monthly launches were reduced from 19 to 10.

Also, Snake River Angler and Float Trips won a concession previously held by the Crescent H Ranch, which opted not to submit a proposal.

“That contract was available for another concessioner to bid on,” park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs said. “We’re happy to announce that Will Dornan of Snake River Angler and Float Trips secured that contract. That gives him a few more float trips a month.”

Snake River Angler and Float Trips’ concession is also no longer for ranch guests only, daily fishing launches were reduced from six to four, and monthly launches were reduced from 119 to 60.

Skaggs said the reduction in existing contracts made room for the new Moose-down contract, which was awarded to Mike Ream of Grand Fishing Adventures. The new contract will allow four launches a day, up to 58 launches a month.

“That is something that doesn’t happen very often, that we have the ability to offer a new concession opportunity,” Skaggs said. “That’s his first time to get a concession contract with Grand Teton National Park.”

Skaggs said professionals with the regional office made the decision without influence from Grand Teton National Park.

“They do go through a pretty rigorous scrutiny,” she said. “The proposals were of a high caliber.”

“There are stringent parameters that the selection committee is looking for,” Skaggs said. “They’re looking at ways the visitor experience can be enhanced and business practices that protect the park resources. It’s not just how well they’ve taken people down the river in the past.”  

The prospective concessionaire’s offer on the park’s cut of the proceeds, typically 3 percent of the first $250,000 and 12 percent of the remaining gross income, is a factor the panel considers.