Contracts Awarded for Concession Operations

The Snake River meanders across Grand Teton NP,
providing opportunities for guided float and/or fish trips
December 8, 2009
National Park Service Intermountain Region Director Michael D. Snyder announced today in Denver, Colorado that operators have been selected for 12 concession contracts to provide guided float trips and fishing trips on the Snake River, multi-day lake trips on Jackson Lake, and/or guided horseback rides in Grand Teton National Park. Contracts will begin on January 1, 2010, and last for a term of 10 years.

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 were preferred offerors for the contracts, pursuant to the terms of 36 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 51—Concession Contracts and Permits. Incumbent concessioners submitted responsive proposals and were selected for the contracts to continue services within Grand Teton National Park.

Crescent H Ranch, the current holder of Concession Contract CC-GRTE014, declined to submit a proposal; therefore, no preferred offeror existed. Snake River Angler and Float trips operated by Will Dornan was selected as the new concessioner for CC-GRTE014-10.

An additional contract to provide fishing only, originating from the Moose landing and proceeding downstream, was also awarded. Grand Fishing Adventures operated by Mike Rheam was selected for the new CC-GRTE052-10 contract.

Each of the 12 concession contracts authorizes specific activities, the designated launch and takeout locations within the park, and the number of launches allowed per day and month.

The NPS solicited proposals for these business opportunities through a prospectus issued on March 24, 2009. Proposals were accepted through May 22, 2009. A review team of industry experts and NPS employees analyzed the proposals based on criteria specified under the provisions of the 1998 Concessions Management Improvement Act. The 1998 Act made a number of changes in how contracts are awarded with the intent of insuring quality visitor services, protecting park resources, and enhancing the competitive contract process for NPS concession contracts. Guidelines used to evaluate the proposals can be found online at: