December 15, 2016
Adaptive management (known as the Long-term Experimental and Management Plan) will continue for Glen Canyon Dam through 2036.
"Politics belong out of this, because water is life," said U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell at a conference of key water managers in Las Vegas. She signed an agreement that allows the federal Bureau of Reclamation to manage Glen Canyon Dam.
Jewell told reporters the agreement received five years of study about economic, technical, social and environmental factors, and was supported by states, the National Parks Conservation Association, Western Area Power Administration, the Navajo Nation and six other tribes, Grand Canyon river rafting groups and the public.
She said the so-called Long-term Experimental and Management Plan won't change water allocations for the basin states — Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming — or Mexico.
June 20, 2016
Lake Powell is Up!
Persistent runoff has pushed Lake Powell to the highest level in 4 years and by early July the lake will be 6 feet higher than 2015.
May 22, 2016
Spring runoff is in full swing and the lake is rising 4 feet per week. 2016 will be another year where Lake Powell releases extra water to Lake Mead (9.0 maf instead of the normal 8.23 maf).
Despite the ongoing drought this water year will be the 5th year since 2008 the Upper Basin has sent additional water to the Lower Basin. The graph below shows historical data through the last water year which ended on September 15, 2015.
April 16, 2016
Tales of Downriver Campfire Festival is planned in Page, AZ on April 22nd. The Friends of Lake Powell are one of the proud sponsors of this inaugural event. Guest speakers include Tim Cahill, Amy Gigi Alexander and Steven Law.
April 15, 2016
Runoff has started! The Yampa River and other tributaries are beginning to carry water downstream. Snows are still flying in the Rocky Mountain headwaters. Lake Powell will be rising for the next 2 months.
April 6, 2016
Snowpack is significantly better this year than 2015 when the lake came up 24 feet.
October 20, 2015
BOR announces there will be no beach building release this fall from Glen Canyon Dam.
August 15, 2015
EPA Press Release:
"EPA expects no significant impacts to Lake Powell associated with the Gold King Mine release."
August 14, 2015
A reminder that there are no closures or advisories for Lake Powell. Come enjoy the lake. August and September are great months for exploring Lake Powell. New beaches emerge, the sun is less intense and fishing action picks up.
Regarding concern about the Colorado spill event, the Glen Canyon Recreation Area has established a hot line for updates and information at 928.608.6404.
June 24, 2015
Reservoirs upstream of Lake Powell are 90% full and Lake Powell has come up 21 feet so far even though the projections were for only a 2 foot increase this spring. That's the nature of the Colorado River. It is a fickle river and you have to be ready to capture what nature gives you.
June 1, 2015
Lake Powell came up over 7 feet in May and more is expected in June.
February 14, 2015
Spring is in the air!
February is a good month to hike the shores and benches above Lake Powell or bask in the sun against a rock wall trying to tempt an early season largemouth.
Snowpack is currently below normal but long range projections are hinting to a wetter pattern returning later this spring.
September 24, 2014
The USBR will celebrate 50 Years of hydropower production at the Glen Canyon Dam, on Saturday, September 17th from noon to 4 p.m. with a series of speeches, commemorative displays, food and music. The event will be attended by Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior.
“It’ll be a community party,” said Marie Memmer for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. “We will celebrate 50 years of power production and water management.”
Hydroelectricity was first produced from the facility Sept. 4, 1964, eight years after the first blasts began setting up the foundation. In the dam and power plant’s first 19 years, it generated nearly $500 million in electrical sales, or more than double the cost of construction. o.
The dam was established to help meet the power and water needs of cities, industries and agriculture throughout the West. Its 26.2 million-acre-feet of storage capacity serves as a water bank for a region of the nation that tends toward drought.
Read more from the Arizona Daily Sun
August 10, 2014
Boaters and lovers of Lake Powell are invited to participate in a survey to select a geographical landmark to name in honor of the late Stan Jones who for decades published a lake explorers map and was fondly known as “Mr. Lake Powell”.
Nominations under consideration include renaming the Castle Rock Cut, Wahweap Windows, the Wahweap Overlook off Highway 89, Friendship Cove (which Stan named and often visited), one of two unnamed prominent buttes near Friendship Cove, and Birthday Arch located in southern Utah, a short distance west of Lake Powell. This is the public’s chance to cast a vote and submit comments regarding proposed locations.
Participate in the survey and make your preference known.
June 6, 2014
Good news! The public launch ramp at Antelope Point is open and the lake continues to rise a foot per day.
Could changes in the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean end the ongoing drought?
June 3, 2014
Inflows reach 60.000 cfs.
May 31, 2014
The lake is rising rapidly and inflows will exceed 50,000 cfs for the next several weeks. The Castle Rock Cut is open to boats of all sizes. The Antelope Launch ramp will open this week. Boating will be great this summer.
March 14, 2014
The USBR is projecting a 45 foot rise in Lake Powell to 3619' msl this spring due to slightly above normal snowpack in the northern Rockies.
February 9, 2014
Exit interview: Pat Mulroy talks about her life as Las Vegas’ water chief
Q: Let’s turn to the Colorado River. What do you think the future is going to look like for the river and its users?
A: I think the biggest threat for the river community right now is the pace at which the drought is deepening. It’s not the fact that we’re in a drought. It’s the rate of the degradation of the water supply, because it makes it very difficult to adjust to it. I think you’re going to see some efforts to store more water in Lake Mead. Maybe even the upper basin will store water in Lake Powell to protect power deliveries and power supplies, because it’s a huge revenue source for them. And I think that will be the first step. I think the lower basin states will have to take responsibility for Mead and the upper basin states will have to take responsibility for Powell.
January 22, 2014
Castle Rock Cut Work Begins - Will be deepened an additional 20 feet.
Work began January 21, 2014 to deepen the Castle Rock Cut. The excavation project will increase the number of usable days of the cut during lower lake levels. Based on current and anticipated water levels this spring, excavation will lower the bottom elevation of the cut to approximately 3580 feet, removing over 70,000 cubic yards of material.
The Castle Rock Cut is a popular short-cut for boaters on Lake Powell. Travel through the cut saves approximately 10 miles of boating. “This not only saves time and gas for boaters,” stated NPS Project Manager, Carl Elleard, “but it also provides for a safer boating experience.”
Scheduled completion for the project is late April. However the Castle Rock Cut will not reopen until lake levels allow. The park will notify the public when this occurs.
December 6, 2013
Lake Powell watershed snowpack is off to a good start!
October 21, 2013
Lake Powell loses a dear friend today. Pete Klocki had a love affair with Lake Powell that stretched back to 1964. Read more in Lake Powell Tales: An Anthology of Adventure.
October 11, 2013
IMPORTANT NOTICE! LAKE POWELL IS OPEN!
Thanks to the state of Utah during the period of gov't shutdown...Lake Powell and other Utah National Parks are open. Wahweap, Antelope Point, Bullfrog and Halls Crossing are once again open to boaters!
September 16, 2013
Good news! Due to recent rains in northern AZ, New Mexico and Colorado, the lake has come up almost 2 feet to keep the public launch ramp open at Antelope Point for September and October. The fall is a great time to visit Lake Powell. Warm water, less crowds and fantastic fishing!
August 24, 2013
Contrary to media perception, Lake Powell has held its own over the last 10 years of severe drought.
August 23, 2013
The public launch ramp at Antelope Point Marina will likely close after Labor Day weekend (at a lake elevation of 3587'). However, the valet launch ramp will be available down to a lake elevation of 3537'.
August 16, 2013
Bureau of Reclamation Announces Forecast of Lower Water Release from Lake Powell to Lake Mead for Water Year 2014.
It is important to note:
Reclamation's Lower Colorado Regional Director Terry Fulp acknowledges variability in the Colorado River system. "With a good winter snowpack next year, the outlook could change significantly as it did in 2011, but we also need to be prepared for continuing drought."
Currently the longer-term projections from Reclamation's hydrologic models show a very small chance of lower basin delivery shortages in 2015, with the first significant chance of reduced water deliveries in the lower basin in 2016. These projections will be updated monthly and will reflect changes in weather and the resulting hydrology," said Fulp.
July 12, 2013
The Glen Canyon Institute proposal to Fill Mead First would undermine recreation at Lake Powell. Read more....
May 1, 2013
Spring shad rally dates:
Date: Saturday, May 18th
Time: 3 PM - 6 PM?
Location: Stanton Creek
Date: Saturday afternoon, June 8th
Time: 4 PM - 6 PM?
Lone Rock Beach
Shad Rallies are fun social events that focus on friendship and catching stripers to help save shad populations. The event concludes with a fantastic fish fry! Open to public. Bring a side dish and come join the fun.
April 24, 2013
Lake Powell is listed on Bassmaster magazine's top 100 bass fishing list. Lake Powell was as the #1 best bass fishing lake in both Utah and Arizona.
March 27, 2013
Mussels have been reported at both Wahweap and Antelope Point Marina. The mussels were promptly removed by NPS dive teams but it is likely we are seeing the early stages of a mussel infestation. It is important that boaters leaving Lake Powell and other lakes follow state decon procedures to ensure their boats do not spread mussels and aquatic hitchhikers to other lakes.
March 13, 2013
Lake Powell's 50th anniversary! On this date, the gates on the second of two diversion tunnels reduced the flow of the Colorado River such that Lake Powell could officially begin filling.
Read the Decade by Decade chronology of Lake Powell.
January 21, 2013
Happy Birthday Lake Powell - Lake Powell was born 50 years ago when the steel gates of the right diversion tunnel were closed on the west bank; the Colorado River rose thirty-four feet behind Glen Canyon Dam causing a backup of water extending some 21 miles into the river canyon.
On March 13, 1963 the tunnel plugging operation had progressed to the point where additional water impoundment could be made. Adjustable control gates in the left tunnel were partially closed to permit passage of only one thousand cubic feet of water per second through the dam, signaling the actual beginning of growth of the new Lake Powell as the lake waters began to rise on the face of the dam.
Polar Bear Plunge at Antelope Point Marina
Thirty-seven hardy souls braved 32 degree air temperatures to enjoy a frosty swim in Lake Powell and raised $500 to support the True G.R.I.T. graffiti removal program.
Watch the Video!
With great sadness we report the loss of Steve Ward, spokesperson for the Friends of Lake Powell who died of a heart attack in his home.
Steve was a community leader and hero who spent a life time promoting Lake Powell. His kind words and personality will be greatly missed.
Steve's wife, Gay Ann Ward says the outpouring of support from the community has been “wonderful” and “touching.” She indicated that in lieu of flowers people are encouraged to donate to any one of the many local nonprofit organizations that her husband supported, including the Powell Museum, Friends of Lake Powell, and the United Methodist Church among others.
Friends of Lake Powell
P.O. Box 7007
Page, Arizona 86040
Fish Advisory - Striped Bass
Fish are important in a healthy diet. They are a lean, low-calorie source of protein. However, some fish from specific areas in Utah may contain chemicals that could pose health risks. Larger fish contain more contaminants than younger smaller fish.
In Lake Powell from Dangling Rope Marina south to the dam: Children should limit their consumption of striped bass to one 4-ounce meal per month. Women of childbearing age should limit their consumption of striped bass to two 8-ounce meals per month. Adult women past childbearing age and men older than 16 should limit their consumption of striped bass eight, 8-ounce meals per month.
There are no advisories on the other Lake Powell fish species.
A new publication called Lake Powell Hikes helps celebrate Lake Powell's 50th birthday.
This publication is an anthology of Lake Powell Magazine hiking adventures over the past decade. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area provides a world of adventure. While some people may still morn the loss of Glen Canyon there is much to say about the 1.25 million acres of recreational opportunity that abounds in every direction.
2012 is shaping up to be an unforgettable year for fishing. Rising lake levels the past 10 years have brought new nutrients and luxury vegetation cover. The result are that fish of all species are abundant and very fat reminiscent of the 1970's when the lake was filling for the first time.
Don't miss out on the fishing action in 2012. It will be remarkable!
The dam that changed Arizona Celebrates 100 years!
Roosevelt Dam provided the first dependable water supply to the farms of the Salt River Valley, the territorial capital of Phoenix and the burgeoning agricultural communities of Tempe and Mesa.
The impact was immediate.
A decade-long drought that ended with calamitous floods in 1905 had fallowed farm fields and sent some people packing from the Salt River Valley.
In 1910, Tucson had a bigger population than Phoenix. Cochise County, with its copper-mining powerhouse at Bisbee, contained more people than Maricopa County.
The dam, which increased agricultural production and brought electrical power to the Salt River Valley, reversed that.
The North Shad Rally Video is on YouTube
August 16, 2011
Lake Powell continues to amaze doom and gloomers with a 51 foot rise this summer (and even with extra water flowing down to Lake Mead). After 12 years of severe drought Lake Powell is at a 10 year high and the reservoirs on the Upper Colorado are 92% full.
May 15, 2011
It's a banner year!
Snowfall in the Rockies has continued deep into May. Even with equalization flows providing extra water to Lake Mead, Lake Powell is expected to rise 50 feet this summer to above average levels.
The value of Lake Powell and Lake Mead is proven over and over again. Here we are in the midst of 10 year drought and storage in the Colorado River Upper Basin is overflowing full and Lake Mead is rising substantially.
Despite all the gloom and doom, it continues to be a fact that there has yet to be a single year with an officially declared "shortage" on the Colorado River system. And it is no wonder that many consider Lake Powell to be the "Kingpin" of the Colorado River water storage system.
March 20, 2011
Abundant snowpack in the Colorado and Green River systems brings good news! It's been six years now since Lake Powell reached its modern day low. Conditions have improved so dramatically that extra water will be released downstream to Lake Mead this water year.
The Bureau of Reclamation is expected in April 2011 to officially announce equalization flows in the range of 11.6 maf of water. This is an extra 3.3 maf above the normal of 8.3 maf.
Equalization criteria help both reservoirs by smoothing highs and lows and providing a more stable recreational experience.
Let it snow!
March 10, 2011
Spring is in the air and for those planning upcoming fishing trips it is helpful to understand the effect of water temperature on fishing behavior.
53 degrees - Largemouth bass respond first by moving into shallower water vegetation to sun.
55 degrees - Smallmouth bass begin to get more active.
60 degrees - Walleye and crappie become more catchable.
65 degrees - Fishing goes bananas, especially for stripers! Typically this is the period from mid-April to end the May.
July 9, 2010
The lake topped out at 3638.8' msl this spring and early summer. Although the lake level came up 20 feet from its spring low we fell 3 feet short of the 2009 peak elevation thus ending a run of 5 consecutive years of increased lake levels.
The amazing thing is that after 10 years of drought, Lake Powell is within a few feet of its expected average elevation (3640' msl). The lake is functioning like it should: storing water in the wet years for distribution in times of drought. Droughts don't last forever and it is just a matter of time now before we return to a wetter precipitation cycle.
In the meantime Lake Powell continues to hold its own.
July 8, 2010
Thanks to the Bureau of Reclamation for an education billboard that was installed on Highway 89 south of Page.
The Truth about Mussels
Thanks to proactive efforts, Lake Powell continues to be mussel free. And contrary to media reports, no live mussels have been found in any Utah lakes. There has been some confusion due to some controversial lab DNA results from Utah lakes but the fact remains that no live veligers or mussels have been documented anywhere in Utah.
Your continued cooperation with inspection programs and your boating due diligence are important factors in keeping our important recreational waters free of aquatic hitchhikers like mussels.
March 31, 2009
A series of April spring storms will bring beneficial snows to the watershed. The lake is expected to rise 25-30 feet by the 4th of July bringing the lake up to levels not seen since 2002. Work is proceeding to deepen Castle Rock cut and spring runoff will open the cut in early May.
Fishing will be great in 2009. New habitat has increased populations of largemouth bass and crappie. Stripers are fat and healthy due to an abundance of shad.
Gas prices are down from previous summers. It will be a great year to visit Lake Powell.
June 10, 2008
The Castle Rock Cut is now open to all boats. The lake
will continue to rise through July.
Rising lake levels opened up the Castle Rock in 2008
Editor Update: Construction underway in March 2009 will deepen the cut to 3610' msl. More good news is that the lake is expected to rise to 3635' msl by July 1st 2009.
Time is of the essence to prevent the spread of Quagga Mussels. Do your part to engage political support.
May 18, 2008
Lake Powell is poised to raise significantly over the next 2 months. The melting of abundant snowfall in Colorado will
cause the lake to rise nearly 50 feet similar to what occurred in
2005. By the end of July 2008 the lake level will be near
3636' msl which is very close to Lake Powell's historical
average of 3640' msl.
October 29, 2007
GCNRA Announces Environmental Assessment for deepening the Castle Rock Cut
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is beginning an
environmental assessment to examine the environmental effects of deepening an area on Lake Powell commonly called the Castle Rock Cut.
The Castle Rock Cut is a popular short-cut route on Lake Powell that allows boaters to conveniently travel between the Wahweap Marina and other destinations uplake. Due to long-term drought conditions, however, the Castle Rock Cut has not been usable since 2003.
The Castle Rock Cut is currently open to boaters when Lake Powell is at
an elevation of 3,620-feet or higher. Lake Powell is currently about 3,600-feet in
elevation. The environmental assessment will look at deepening the Castle Rock Cut
so it is navigable at other water levels.
Interested individuals are encouraged to provide their comments about the project to the National Park Service by mailing them to:
Castle Rock Cut EA, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
P.O. Box 1507
Page, AZ 86040.
All comments must be received by December 4, 2007.
Editor's Note: The project was approved but put on hold since runoff was expected to open the cut naturally.
July 4, 2007
Friends Makes $250 Donation to upcoming Lake Powell C.A.S.T. For Kids
The Friends of Lake Powell are proud to be a participant in the first annual C.A.S.T. event to be held on Saturday, September 29, 2007 at Stateline Launch Ramp near Page, Arizona.
Volunteer boat captains are needed. If you can help disabled and disadvantaged children "Catch a Special Thrill"....see the flyer below for additional details and contact information. Help us make a difference!
July 1st, 2007
Order your copy of Lake Powell Tales - An Anthology of Adventure
An engaging and entertaining collection of personal stories that span the decades of exploring and enjoying America’s most scenic lake, in the heart of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
"Humans by nature are drawn to water. So come with us and experience majestic Lake Powell and rejuvenate your soul in her waters". - Editor Tiffany Mapel
June 18, 2007
Lake Level Reaches 4 Year High - Now up to 3611' msl
Lake Powell continues to rebound even in a face of continued drought. From its low point of 3555', the lake is now up 3 consecutive years.
May 21, 2007
Lake Powell Rising Higher Than Expected
The level of Lake Powell has risen 9 feet so far this spring to 3606' and is still rising...beating the runoff expectations issued earlier this month.
A gain of another 4 to 5 feet is possible before runoff ends at the end of May / early June timeframe.
Upcoming Meeting - April 25, 2007
Page Community Forum
The Friends of Lake Powell and the Bureau of Reclamation bring you a Lake Powell community forum to discuss the newly proposed shortage criteria and what they mean for the future of Lake Powell.
Terry Fulp, BOR hydrologist will be the guest speaker. Meet at the Marriott, Wed. April 25th at 6:30 pm.
April 1, 2007
All visitors bringing boats into Glen Canyon National Recreation Area will be required to display a certificate on their dashboard stating their boat is free of zebra or quagga mussels.
February 8, 2007
Page Community Park Questionnaire
The Friends of Lake Powell received a grant from the Page-Lake Powell Community Foundation to document the natural history of a new community park area in Page and describe its recreational and education opportunities.
A community scoping meeting was held on February 7th to help facilitate a public vision for the park. Questionnaires will be collected through the end of March.
January 11, 2007
Quagga Mussel Infestation Found in Lake Mead
On January 6th, a long feared western U.S. infestation became reality as colonies of invasive mussels were found in Lake Mead. Quagga mussels are a zebra-type mussel that looks virtually identical its more famous, smaller cousin. Quaggas are a heartier species that survive and reproduce in colder water down to depths exceeding 400 feet. Quagga mussels in the Great Lakes have replaced zebra mussels in many locations.
Both species of invasive mussels can disrupt existing fisheries by filter-feeding on microscopic plants (phytoplankton) and animals (zooplankton) and competed for limited nutrient and food resources of the habitats they occupy.The mussel infestations can also clog industrial water intakes.
Boaters can help prevent their spread. These aquatic nuisance species can hitch a ride on clothing, boats, and items used in the water.
1) Remove any visible mud, plants, fish or animals before transporting equipment.
2) Eliminate water from boat engines and bilges where tiny larvae can hide and survive for weeks.
3) Clean and dry anything that came in contact with water (boats, trailers, equipment clothing, dogs, etc.)
4) Never release plants, fish, or animals from one body of water to another.
December 7, 2006
Busted and fined $600,000
The Center for Biological Diversity loses a court case and appeal on libel. At issue were manipulated environmental photos the jury felt had "evil intent". These manipulated photos showed damage done by cows grazing on public lands where none existed.
The court declared that the Center and its employees “made false statements” in their media press release which “contained misleading photographs” and “did not accurately describe the condition” of a Forest Service grazing allotment near Nogales, Arizona.
This is the same environmental organization that has filed lawsuits against the Glen Canyon Dam.
October 20, 2006
Lake Rises 6 feet in October
Fall rains have pushed up the level of Lake Powell 6 feet in October with an increase of 800,000 acre-ft of additional water. Assuming that a family of four uses an acre-feet of water this represents enough water for 3.2 million people.
October 19, 2006
Colorado River Storage Project (CRSP) Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Official gathered on top Glen Canyon Dam to celebrate 50 years ago the construction start Glen Canyon Dam. Since 1963, hydroelectric generation at CRSP facilities have produced over $3 billion dollars of net revenues for the federal government above and beyond the initial construction costs.
August 26, 2006
50 Years Ago Today
"Senator Carl Hayden (D-Arizona) tells us that Glen Canyon Dam is
considered a flood control project and that Arizona will ultimately receive a share of the
water. The generating plant is expected to produce 800,000 KW of power and revenues are
expected to pay for the dam over a period of 50 years at a 3% interest rate. He believes
that it will create a new wealth and tremendous development in the Southwest."
Source: Arizona Daily Sun
August 24, 2006
Excellent reproduction and survival have resulted in record numbers of big and small fish. It is possible that striped bass numbers are greater now than at any time during their 30 year residency in the lake.
Great smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing is almost unnoticed with
all the striper catching. Fishing with plastic grubs at 20-25 feet is awesome. Use a
quarter ounce jig head with a green plastic offering to catch bass up to 3 pounds. Target
the breaking edge of rock structure where depth rapidly increases.
Sunfish and catfish are readily taking live worms near shore. Sunfish are in the brush and in the shade of boats while catfish are on the sandy bottom near camp.
Fish managers feel they have a good fishery when catch rate exceeds one fish per hour. A quick tabulation from our creel survey on Monday of this week shows 354 three-pound striped bass caught in 51 hours of fishing at Wahweap. That catch rate for striped bass only is 6.9 fish per hour. When bass and other species are added in the catch rate goes up. Fishing at Lake Powell is 7 times better than just good fishing. It has been that way all year long and is expected to continue until winter.
If you haven’t experienced the most amazing year for fishing success ever seen at Lake Powell, now would be a good time to give it a try.
Source: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
July 22, 2006
Six Eco-terrorists Plead Guilty - Were responsible for millions of dollars in properly damage
Members of the Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front have pleaded guilty to 16 acts of sabotage across the West resulting in over $20 million dollars in property damage.
Their acts were an attempt to "intimidate and coerce federal agencies, private businesses and the public through sabotage."
Her voice breaking with tears, Chelsea Gerlach, 29, stated "I know now that it is better to act from love than from anger, better to create than destroy and better to plant gardens than burn down buildings."
June 7, 2006
Alarming Trend in Kite Tube Injuries
Canyon has reported 4 injuries on the Lake several of which required air transport to nearby hospitals.
Injuries have included a broken neck, cracked ribs, a punctured lung and a loss of consciousness. One of the injured users was a 14-year old girl.
Kite Tubes are large, round inflated tubes towed by a boat at 20-40 mph. The user holds onto the Kite Tube as it rises into the air, 15-60 feet from the surface of the water. Controlling a Kite Tube is extremely challenging, and the slightest upset in its balance causes the Kite Tube to fall into the water.
We consider this kind of towable devices inherently unsafe and have urged the manufacturer and distributors to pull the product before a loss of life or other serious injuries occur.
Editors Note: Following two deaths attributed to this product, in July, the manufacturer pulled the Kite Tubes from the market.
April 6, 2006
World's Largest Floating Platform Being Constructed at Lake Powell's Newest Marina
The world’s largest floating marina platform began its journey from land to water today when it was lifted in sections by crane into Lake Powell’s Antelope Point Marina, Glen Canyon Recreation Area’s newest marina on Lake Powell. Phase II of the Antelope Point Marina platform project will include an on-the-water marina village of restaurant, lounge, retail store and some administration offices. Upon completion the marina will be the largest platform of its type in the world.
John Schoppmann, general manager of Antelope Point Marina, is overseeing the multi-million dollar project. “The floating platform is sectioned into 14 pieces totaling 1,234 cubic yards of concrete, 123 tons of reinforced steel, 122,000 cubic feet of encapsulated Styrofoam. When fully assembled the platform will be 27,000 square feet, weighing 2,500 tons. The platform will support 1,200 tons of live load, equivalent to 13,900 people or 685 average sized cars,” Schoppmann stated.
Editors Note: The expected opening is winter 2007
January 8, 2006
December 3, 2005
(AP) Efforts to remove non-native fish from parts of the Colorado River appear to be working, with more native fish being reported by fish-removal crews. A years-long effort to remove trout from the river by stunning the fish with electrical shocks and netting them is now in its final year. Biologists say the number of trout is dropping while the number of natives species the program is designed to help, such as speckled dace, bluehead and flannelmouth suckers and humpback chub, is increasing.
Crews have stunned, captured and killed more than 17,000 non-native fish this year. Their remains are ground up for use as fertilizer on a downstream Indian reservation. While teams used to catch native fish only about 5 percent of the time, there are now stretches of the Colorado River where they are dominant, according to Clay Nelson, the Arizona Game and Fish Department biologist contracted to run the fish-removal efforts for the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program.
Editors Note: The recently released USGS score report concerning native fish did not include new data that is starting to show an improving trend in native fish populations.
November 5, 2005
October 22, 2005
The end of the Lake, 150 miles from Page
September 24, 2005
http://www.lakepowell.org/page_two/what_s_new/keys_response.htmCommissioner Keys Response
http://www.lakepowell.org/page_two/what_s_new/deseret_response.htmDeseret News Response
http://www.lakepowell.org/page_two/what_s_new/friends_response.htm Friends of Lake Powell Response
July 7, 2005
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The other project underway is that of removing dinosaur tracks from the shoreline and under the waters of Lake Powell. The plans are that the tracks will be housed in a museum in Bullfrog to be displayed where they can be enjoyed by everyone. As it is necessary to maintain our precious water resources and recreational waterways, your donations to this nonprofit cleanup operation will be greatly appreciated. Operational expenses like fuel, safety lifting equipment, and other operational needs can be met by donating directly to Cross International Search and Recovery Foundation.* You can direct your donations to dinosaur tracks or Lake cleanup by specifying at the time of your donation.
May 5, 2005
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December 12, 2004
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November 8, 2004
Why are high releases necessary?
How much water will be released?
What are the expected benefits?
What will be the impact on Lake Powell?
Why is this release being planned during a drought?
How can I make comments?
October 21, 2004It's Official...'Lake Powell' Stays 'Lake Powell'
October 1, 2004Civil Engineers honor Mesa Verde Anasazi reservoirs and ditch systems
The landmark designation, one of about 230 in the world and the fifth in Colorado, recognizes Mesa Verde National Park's ancestral Puebloans for designing, constructing and maintaining at least four reservoirs for domestic water-storage between 750 and 1180 A.D. "Without so much as written language, the ancestral Puebloans that populated the riverless mesa top conquered the impossible by creating a water system to sustain their domestic and agricultural needs," said Patricia D. Galloway, president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, in a news release. "They are truly civil-engineering pioneers." "They knew how to manage water," says Eric Bikis of Wright Water Engineers Inc. in Durango. "They were ingenious."
September 3, 2004
are invited to participate in National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 18 from
7:30A-noon and choose from a list of several activities that inspires them to “lend a
groups including home schoolers and other youth groups, Friends of Lake Powell, Glen
Canyon Natural History Association, National Park Service rangers and local residents are
asked to roll up their sleeves and devote a few hours of labor in the lands we all use to
recreate, explore, learn and relax.
Projects volunteers can participate in include:
Warm Creek Road just outside of Big Water for removal of
off-road tracks plus installation of new signage and boundary markers
Lees Ferry will get some critically needed rehabilitation work in the historic Lonely
Dell Orchard. Pedestal Alley, a popular backcountry trail just north of Bullfrog,
September 2, 2004
August 25, 2004
Trash Tracker Wins National Award(WASHINGTON ,
Secretary of the
Interior Gale Norton has announced winners of the 2004 National Take Pride in America
Awards. The Trash Tracker volunteer program in Glen Canyon National Recreations Area in
Since 1989, the
Trash Tracker Program has devoted itself to keeping the shores of
Closely partnered with Trash Tracker are the National Park Service and
Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas (ARAMARK). ARAMARK donates a houseboat, another regular
boat, a paid captain, and a barge for clean-up activities. Trash Tracker has also inspired
the creation of another similar program called Graffiti Removal and Intervention Team.
All award winners will be honored at a Sept. 21 ceremony in
August 24, 2004
New launch ramp opened - Stateline Alternative
Lowering lake levels have shutdown the Stateline launch ramp but a new ramp called Stateline Alternative has been opened 200 yards to the south. This new launch area follows the original hard road surface that was in service in the 1960's when lake was first filling.
May 2, 2004
Excerpts from a flurry of drought articles this weekend...New York Times, Sacramento Bee, Associated Press and the Arizona Daily Sun.
The period since 1999 is now officially the driest in the 98 years of recorded history of the Colorado River, according to the United States Geological Survey.
Editors Note: The Associate Press also made note of this in a table entitled "Water Saving Options For the Colorado". Recommendation #3 was "Shift water storage from Lake Mead, where temperatures reach 120 degrees, to higher elevation Lake Powell, where lower temperatures cause less evaporation. (This is true. Lake Powell's annual evaporation losses run about 2.5-3% of water volume. Lake Mead evaporates at a rate twice that much (5-6%) and hot shallow lakes like Tempe Town lake evaporate at an annual rate of more than 40%. The deep narrow configuration of Lake Powell is an almost idea location to store water.
In a December speech in Las Vegas, Interior Secretary Gale Norton laid out some of the possible scenarios. Under the 2001 Interim Surplus Guidelines, Norton said she is required to cut surplus supplies to California, Arizona and Nevada if the surface of Lake Mead drops to 1,125 feet in elevation 10 feet below its current level. Further down the road, Norton could use her court-appointed authority as Colorado "river master" to declare a shortage and impose cutbacks.
Some water experts believe Norton could make such a declaration when Lake Mead's surface level hits 1,083 feet elevation about 52 feet below its current elevation but the law isn't specific. ---In the meantime....here at Lake Powell the lake is still over 400 feet deep at the dam, spring runoff will begin this week and by Memorial Day all three launch ramps near Page will be available for launching. Fishing continues to be excellent.
The choice is yours...you can spend your time sitting at home reading about the drought or you can be out there having the fishing time of your life. Like the Nike commercial says...."Just Do It!"
March 21, 2004
March 15, 2004
Spring Fishing is HOT!
Recent warm weather has turned on the fishing at Lake Powell in a huge way!
Look for depths of 5 to 15 feet with 40-60 feet nearby.
March 5, 2004
Planning a trip to Lake Powell?
accessible by boat
February 24, 2004
Without Lake Powell....How Low Would Mead Go?
Drought conditions continue to drop lake levels in both Lake Mead and Lake Powell. Instead of 50.2 million acre-ft of stored water, we now have just half that amount and the drought isn't over yet.
Lake Mead in the 1950's before Lake Powell
Lake Mead (without Lake Powell) - Spring 2004
To read more about why we need Lake Powell, visit
December 6, 2003
For the first time since May 1973, the level of Lake Powell dropped below 3600' today. The lake is now 100' below full pool, five feet below the 2002 spring low and twelve feet below the 1993 drought low level of 3612'.
The lake is expected to drop to 3584' before the 2004 spring runoff begins.
November 8, 2003
"What you see is people moving to the Mountain West because they have this notion of wide-open spaces, but they almost inevitably end up in cities." It wasn't always this way. As late as the 1950s, Westerners were spread out pretty evenly between rural and urban areas. Today, fully 70 percent of the Intermountain West's population lives in metro areas.
November 8, 2003
Global Warming May Mean More Fights over Water in the West
September 25, 2003
Kitty Roberts, Glen Canyon Recreation Area Superintendent announced today that the NPS Final Rule will be adopted on Friday, September 26 which means that use of PWC in GCNRA are legal in all but a few sensitive environmental area which include: Lees Ferry to the the Glen Canyon Dam, the upper reaches of the following rivers: Escalante, Dirty Devil, Upper Colorado and Upper San Juan.
September 20, 2003
Cathedral in the Desert
Come take a Lake Powell adventure to the number #2 attraction in all of Glen Canyon. It's a photo journal and an overland hike to this spiritual landmark.
July 20, 2003 - Summertime at Lake Powell
Play it smart and be weatherwise especially when exploring slot canyon and when choosing camp site locations.
June 25, 2003
Men's Health Names Lake Powell as 2nd best Beach Getaway in the World
The July 2003 issue of Men's Health highlights Lake Powell in its list of the 20th best beach locations. "Lake Powell is beautiful. It's got one-of-a-kind scenery and a one-of-a-kind scene", said Peter Frank, Deputy Editor of Men's Journal.
May 9, 2003
PWC Ban Lifted
May 5, 2003
Antelope Marina Groundbreaking
Local, regional and national officials descended on Antelope Point May 5 to break ground on a long-awaited $70 million marina project that’s expected to provide a major economic boost to the Navajo Nation and the city of Page.