Johnson County's Commissioners, at their last meeting, discussed how they can move forward on getting public access to the “Big 5” public land area.
There has been a recent push to get public access to the lands through a county-owned easement on Little Fork Road, just off of Shell Creek Road.
The county has an unused but designated easement through the private lands there.
The commissioners favor a secondary access that would be located off of French Creek Road on the southern end of the Big 5, where a parking area could also be built to alleviate congestion and parking issues along the county road that arise during peak times of use.
The commissioners feel the best way to resolve the access issue is to travel to Cheyenne and put their idea before the State Lands Board for their approval.
They would also like to see the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's approval of the secondary access idea to allow hunters and other recreationists' access to the state lands.
They discussed getting approval and working on the parking area as soon as possible.
County Deputy Attorney Barry Crago will work on getting the commissioners on the agenda for the next State Lands Board meeting in August to discuss the easement, parking area, and the management plan for the area.