Gaining Public Access to the Big 5

Gaining Public Access to the Big 5

The Public Land Users Committee, or PLUC, held their monthly meeting Tuesday, where they discussed the next step in garnering public access to the Big 5 Sections, which is a large area of state land bordering Sheridan and Johnson Counties, just west of Lake DeSmet.

Since public access has never been staked, the Big 5 has only been available through permission from adjacent landowners due to the fact that access to the area requires a short trip through private property.

The committee talked about extending an area of County Road #39, which is deeded to Johnson County, to gain access to the Big 5, and to perhaps build a parking area on the land. PLUC Committee member Ted Lapis explains how far the road would need to be extended to reach the Big 5.

Sheridan County Commissioners Terry Cram and Mike Nickel were on hand to give the committee some advice on what they need to do next.

Commissioner Cram stated at the meeting that the committee would need the cooperation and support of at least two of the Johnson County Commissioners before the project can come to fruition.

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