Bates Public Access

In 2016, FTR and a group of non-profit partners (the Trust for Public Land, Legacy Works Group, Valley Advocates for Responsible Development, the Teton Regional Land Trust (TRLT), Teton County, and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG)) collectively raised $720,000 in public, private, and grant funds to purchase 80 acres adjacent to the Bates Bridge on the Teton River. This purchase secured permanent protection and the future of this popular river access for the entire community. Teton County owns the parcel, named the “Buxton River Park,” which includes a 46-acre portion under conservation easement with the TRLT.  IDFG will manage the public access portion, similar to other public access points on the Teton River.

Bates Public Access
bates public access
bates public access

The new public access site will be located on the north side of the road and will include an improved boat ramp and parking configuration, a vault toilet, and informational kiosks.  The site will be open for day-use only.  After improvements have been made, the access on the south side of the road will be decommissioned and restored to natural vegetation.  Beyond improvements for river recreation, the property will be an important investment in our community, our local economy, and natural resources.  The conservation easement portion will be stewarded by TRLT.  FTR is currently raising funds for habitat restoration adjacent to the property.

The expected completion and opening of the new access/boat ramp is June 2018. Stay tuned for more updates on our progress in the coming months, and for ways that you can contribute to the future of this shared resource.

bates public access