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.

Friends of Lake Powell Press Release

Press Release Charts and Images


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.

Lake Powell releases


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.

Festival


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.

Yampa


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.

runoff


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.

Friends of Lake Powell Press Release - Lake Powell Rising

Could changes in the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean end the ongoing drought?

Pacific and Atlantic Ocean influences on multidecadal drought

Atlantic Current Strength Declines


June 3, 2014

Inflows reach 60.000 cfs.

Castle Rock Cut


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.

Projection


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.

Read More...


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!

Snowpack


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.

Lake Powell - 10 year plot


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:

  • Extra water (above 8.23 maf) was released from Lake Powell in WY 2011 and 2012 (12.5 and 9.5 maf) to put the expected drop of 0.7 maf in WY14 into proper perspective.
  • Forecast WY 2014 releases from Glen Canyon Dam will be subject to an April adjustment when the snowpack and runoff potential can be better evaluated.

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:

North Rally

Date: Saturday, May 18th
Time: 3 PM - 6 PM?
Location: Stanton Creek

South Rally

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.

Friends of Lake Powell Press Release

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.


January 2013

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!

 


October 2012

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.


September 2012

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.

 


March 2012

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!


March 2012

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.

Roosevelt Dam


September 2011

The North Shad Rally Video is on YouTube

Shad Rally Video


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.

reservoirs


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.

Recent article on keeping Lake Powell mussel free.

We need ACTION not words - KeepLakePowellMusselFree.com

 


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.


Mussel ALERT!

Time is of the essence to prevent the spread of Quagga Mussels. Do your part to engage political support.

Keep Lake Powell Musselfree.com


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.

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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!

Lake Powell C.A.S.T For Kids Event Flyer


July 1st, 2007

Order your copy of Lake Powell Tales - An Anthology of Adventure

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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

More Lake Powell Merchandise


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

IMPORTANT!!

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.

Download Certificate of Cleanliness


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.

Community Park Resident Survey


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.

Read More - Quagga Mussel Facts


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

Tentative Agreement between Basin States is good news for Lake Powell

Representatives of the seven Colorado River Basin states announced Friday they have reached a tentative agreement about how the river will be managed during water shortages.

The plan would modify and coordinate the operation of the Colorado River's two major reservoirs - Lake Powell in the upper basin and Lake Mead in the lower basin - in order to ensure that neither suffers at the expense of the other. When Powell's water level is up and Mead's is low, upper basin officials will have the discretion to release additional water to the lower basin, beyond the yearly 8.23 million acre-feet they are committed to provide. Conversely, lower basin users will accept less than the 8.23 if Mead is up and Powell is faltering. Water officials cautioned that Friday's agreement is not yet official. When and if this plan is approved, it would mean that less fluctuation in the level of Lake Powell, especially during times of drought.


December 3, 2005

Grand Canyon native fish making come back

(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

Adaptive Management of the Colorado River and Glen Canyon Dam

"Previous Administrations of both political parties, as well as the U.S. Congress, have said that Glen Canyon Dam is here to stay because it is serving millions of people in the Southwestern United States. Congress, through the passage of the Grand Canyon Protection Act of 1992, clearly stated that the dam and reservoir have a place in the tapestry of the country". - Commissioner Keys

To read more....

Commissioner Keys clarifies the Adaptive Management process


October 22, 2005

Hite Marina Flyover

The lake ends near the Hite Marina in this picture taken October 22nd. Next spring's runoff is likely to open the Castle Rock shortcut near Wahweap Marina and also put lake water back on the Hite launch ramp seen in the photo below.

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The end of the Lake, 150 miles from Page


September 24, 2005

Response articles to GCI's claim that Lake Powell isn't needed for water storage and that the drought didn't cause the recent drawdown in Lake Powell.


July 7, 2005

Lake Powell up 53 feet to 3608' msl

Lake Powell has come up and up and up! The lake has risen 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 feet...and now we're up 53 feet for the year! So what did we do? Well, we toasted the lake's rise by hosting an open house where we served a little blue cool aid and dined on anchovy pizza...of course!

After 5 years of severe drought we've finally had a normal snowpack and Lake Powell responded immediately. We are now within a few feet of the lake's elevation during the last bad drought in 1993. Back then all it took was 3 years and we were back very nearly to full pool. Such are the variances of the Colorado River. Precipitation is highly variable and that is why we have water storage projects in the West. 

RAMP UPDATE: The large wide main ramp at Bullfrog is now open.

The Bureau is predicting an upward trend in Lake Powell in water year 2006. Glen Canyon Dam releases will be low this fall and the lake is expected to drop only 10-12 feet before we start the cycle all over again next spring with more runoff.

Contrary to what drain-the-lake activists want to believe. Normal snowpack will continue filling Lake Powell and we are at the point now where just one super year, like what was experienced in California and Utah this past year, could fill the lake up.

For next summer, the Bureau of Reclamation has forecast the lake will be high enough to open up the Castle Rock shortcut. This will happen when we get to 3620' msl. 

FISHING UPDATE: A 38 pound striped bass was caught in June. The fish are fat and healthy. Visit www.wayneswords.com for more fishing information.


June 3, 2005

Antelope Point Public Launch - Open for Use

The National Park Service has announced the opening of the Antelope Point Public Launch Ramp at a lake elevation of 3589'.  The rising level of Lake Powell will keep this launch ramp open for the foreseeable future.  All concrete launch ramps are now open at Lake Powell with the exception of Hite.

The public ramp at Antelope Point supplements the private valet launch ramp which has been open all winter and spring and operated by Antelope Point Holdings, LLC.


May 20, 2005

Envirocare Contributes $52,000 to Lake Powell Cleanup Effort

In a press conference held May 20th in Page, Envirocare announced a $52,000 donation to assist Cross International with the ongoing lake cleanup effort of sunken boats and stranded vessels above water level.  In addition, Envirocare announced that $3 Million Dollars of additional monies have been donated to the Envirocare Environmental Foundation and earmarked for future environmental cleanup work projects and activities in the West.

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May 10, 2005

Lake Powell Cleanup Begins - Boat Salvage and Dino Track Recovery

The Lake Powell cleanup of stranded vessels is now underway and needs your help! Over the weekend the workboat of Cross International Search and Recovery moved slowly through the narrow streets of North Lehi on her low-profile trailer making her way under our lines and around low overpasses on her way to Lake Powell. She is almost 49 feet long and nearly 14 feet wide looking a little bit like a miniature aircraft carrier. She’s powered by two huge Mercury 250 horsepower engines that are dwarfed by the size and length of her deck. With her new lightweight heavy-duty lift crane, she is now ready to begin her new life as a recovery vessel for dinosaur tracks and stranded watercraft.

Over the next couple of weeks she will begin removing vessels that have been stranded along the shoreline and in the waters of Lake Powell. These vessels are not only an eyesore, but also are an environmental hazard because many of them still contain oil and continue to spill into the surrounding areas. Operating under the volunteer program of the National Park Service, this is part of the volunteer cleanup program of Lake Powell.

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.

Cross International Search and Recovery Foundation 90 South Center Street American Fork, Utah 84003 TEL. 1-801-763-1223 FAX 1-801-763-1245

*Please make checks payable to Cross International Search and Recovery Foundation.


May 5, 2005

Lake Powell Up 10 feet - With Concrete Launch Ramps 

Lake Powell has come up 10 feet and launching on concrete launch ramps is available at Wahweap, Stateline and mid-lake launch ramps.

The lake is on its way up to 3600' msl this spring and a net positive rise is predicted by Bureau of Reclamation hydrologist over the next 12 months contrary to what drain-the-lake environmentalists are saying.


April 8, 2005

Lake Powell Has Bottomed Out 

The trout spawning reduction flows out of the dam end today.  Lake Powell will now stabilize for a short time before snowmelt rapidly rises the lake the rest of the spring.

Utah Fish and Wildlife is reporting the best fishing in years.  The NPS has done a great job or extending the concrete launch ramps.   2005 will be a fantastic boating season!


March 28, 2005

Cathedral in the Desert 

Cathedral in the Desert, never totally submerged by Lake Powell, is open for  viewing.  The lake will be bottoming out in mid-April, so hurry if you want to boat Clear Creek and then walk in on the floor.  It's a great place and if you haven't had an opportunity to boat there...put it on your list explorer's list.

Lake Powell is your blue highway to side canyon adventures.  

Latest Pictures of the Cathedral


December 12, 2004

Just in Time for Christmas - 'Help Lake Powell' Merchandise Proceeds help the Friends of Lake Powell

Help Lake Powell Merchandise


December 12, 2004

Comment Letters submitted to the USBR 6th Review of the Long Range Operating Criteria of the Colorado River Reservoirs

Comment Letters to Long Range Operating Criteria


November 12, 2004

Moab Uranium Tailings Remedial Action Plan Public Comment Period Open

To view the document visit http://www.eh.doe.gov/nepa/docs/deis/eis0355d/toc.html

The Department of Energy is proposing the cleanup of 11.9 million tons of contaminated material.  Each alternative would include both on site and off site activities.  The DOE does not have a preferred alternative specified.

The comment period is open through February 18, 2005


November 8, 2004

NOTICE:  41,000 cfs Beach Building Flow Proposed Public Comment Period Open UNTIL NOVEMBER 19TH

Pictures of the Flood - Before, During and After

Beach building flows moved up to late November.   The Department of the Interior has proposed to move the timing of a high flow release to rebuild beaches from January to late November and also extend mechanical removal of trout. 

To read the proposed action visit http://www.usbr.gov/uc/envdocs/ea/gc/SuppEA-ltr.pdf

FAQs: 

Why are high releases necessary?

The science of the Adaptive Management Work Group has indicated the need to conserve and use sediment that is transported down the Paria and Little Colorado Rivers to rebuild beaches in the Grand Canyon.  Recent rains in October and November introduced trigger threshold amounts of mud.  Beaches made of fine mud sediments will compact better and last longer and will contain more nutrients.  

How much water will be released?

The peak flow would be 41,000 cfs for 60 hours with a day of ramping up and day of ramping down.

What are the expected benefits? 

Bigger beaches in the Grand Canyon and the creation of new shallow backwater areas that provide a warm and protected environment for juvenile humpback chub.

What will be the impact on Lake Powell?

The lake is expected to drop 2.9 feet.  Boaters on Lake Powell will need to monitor the shoreline carefully between November 20th and November 25 and take precautions SO THAT BOATS DON'T BECOME STRANDED.

Why is this release being planned during a drought?

The extra water that would be released in November is compensated for less water released during the months of April, July and August.   There would be no net loss in lake level with the normal 8.23 maf of water being released over the course of the year.

How can I make comments?

You can send an email to dkubly@us.usbr.gov


October 21, 2004

It's Official...'Lake Powell' Stays 'Lake Powell'

A federal panel soundly rejected (10-0) a proposal to change the name of Lake Powell to Glen Canyon Reservoir taking less than 3 minutes to discuss the name change request made by a coalition of environmental groups.

The amount of comments received on the renaming request was believed to be the most for any naming case in the more than 100-year history of the board but only 13 letters were in support of the name change request

Thousands of letters and petitions of opposition arguing against the name change came from dozens of Western water boards, all of the federal land management agencies, regional tourism bureaus and chambers of commerce, and the entire Utah congressional delegation.

''To have this many responses is highly unusual,'' said Roger Payne, executive secretary to the board.

Editors note:  The Glen Canyon Institute was among those groups that favored the renaming of Lake Powell. 


October 1, 2004

Civil Engineers honor Mesa Verde Anasazi reservoirs and ditch systems

The Ancestral Puebloans who lived there until 1300 were remarkable water engineers.  Prehistoric reservoirs and ditch systems were dedicated as Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks on Sunday, joining ranks with the Golden Gate Bridge, the Eiffel Tower and the Washington Monument.

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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."

The people of this high desert, without benefit of metals, wheels or written language, maintained at least four massive waterworks from A.D. 750 to 1180 to survive the devastating droughts of the Four Corners region. The last of these works studied, a large mound dubbed Box Elder Reservoir, wasn't discovered until a 2002 wildfire burned off a dense, high carpet of sagebrush.

A thousand years before this was a park, Wright says, Mesa Verde was an astounding collection of public construction projects, from the stone cliff dwellings to the newly appreciated water system.


September 3, 2004

Join us September 18th.  Public Lands Day Volunteers Wanted!

The Friends of Lake Powell are seeking volunteers to assist the Glen Canyon National Park Service with the removal of unsightly off road vehicle tracks along the Warm Creek Road on the west end of Lake Powell near Big Water, Utah.

The Warm Creek Road traverses a spectacular but fragile section of the Tropic Shale formation first made famous by the original Planet of the Apes movie that starrred Charlton Heston and now more recently by the paleontological excavations of large predatory marine reptiles know as plesiosaurs, one of which is on display in Page at the John Wesley Powell Museum.

Hope to see you Saturday, September 18th.  

Meet at 7:30 a.m. Arizona time at the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area Headquarters Building along Highway 89 or at 8:30 a.m. 5 miles east of Big Water along the Warm Creek road.  Bring a rake, gloves, and drinking water and wear a hat and/or sunscreen.

For further information contact the friends@lakepowell.org or NPS Educational Specialist, Joan Mayer, at 928 608-6353 .

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Volunteers 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 hand to America ’s lands.” 

Volunteer 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, Utah , at the upper end of Lake Powell , will be redefined with new trail cairns Grand Staircase-Escalante NM, Glen Canyon NRA will partner with Grand Staircase-Escalante NM to remove ¾ mile of old barbed wire fencing and replace it with wood pole fencing on the Cottonwood Canyon Road to assist wildlife migration. 


September 2, 2004

Graffiti Removal Glen Canyon National Recreation Area's GRIT (Graffiti Removal and Intervention Team) Program is celebrating a successful second year.   Volunteers removed non-historic graffiti carved into the rock and canyon walls along the shores of Lake Powell.  Volunteers also help map graffiti with a GPS system and educated visitors regarding the program and the damage caused by graffiti.   Participants in the program have found it a worthwhile endeavor and, as a bonus, get to experience Lake Powell for 5 days aboard a houseboat.  The program runs from mid-June through mid-September.  For further information or to volunteer, please visit www.nps.gov/glca.


August 25, 2004

Trash Tracker Wins National Award (WASHINGTON , D.C.) –

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 Page, Ariz. is a winner in the federal volunteer program category.  

“The cornerstone of Take Pride is the belief that individuals need to be engaged to take responsibility for improving their community environment,” Norton said. “At Interior we call it ‘cooperative conservation,’ and Take Pride’s award-winning volunteers are helping to turn this philosophy into action.”

Since 1989, the Trash Tracker Program has devoted itself to keeping the shores of Lake Powell , located near Page, Arizona , debris-free. The park has no trouble finding volunteers and most years have more volunteers than necessary. In 2003 the volunteers spent four to seven days picking up trash and cleaning 461 miles of shoreline on Lake Powell , making the area safer and more beautiful for the nearly 2 million boaters who come each year. In 2,876 hours 81 volunteers gathered 58,724 pounds of trash.

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 Washington , D.C.  Tiffany Mapel, Friends of Lake Powell - Colorado representative, NPS/GLCA Superintendent Kitty Roberts, NPS Volunteer Coordinator Lisa Dittman and Steven Ward, Friends of Lake Powell President, will be in attendance to receive this award.

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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. 

Contrary to what you might have read in the press, there will always be a Lake Powell no matter how low the water level goes. If the lake were to drop another 200' lower than it is today to reach the level of the four jet tubes, the lake would still hold nearly 1.9 million acre-feet of water, be over 200' deep and extend uplake for 50 miles.  A very large lake by any standards and no doubt it would be filled with fat chunky fish.


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.
Water officials from seven states have been meeting regularly in recent months, said Dennis Underwood, a former reclamation commissioner who now works for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The most recent meeting was held Monday in Phoenix, where officials discussed options for keeping the taps flowing. Some of those options, said Underwood, include storing lower-basin water in upper-basin reservoirs to reduce the huge evaporation that occurs in Lake Mead (Sacramento Bee)

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.

Agencies are also discussing water trades and "forbearance agreements" paying farmers not to irrigate to help vulnerable areas through a drought. Las Vegas, the nation's fastest growing city, draws 98 percent of its water from the Colorado. Nevada officials have been pressing for some type of interstate water-sharing arrangement. Electricity has become a concern. The Western Area Power Administration, the federal agency that distributes power from hydroelectric projects in the Rocky Mountain West, plans to reduce by about 25 percent the amount of electricity it can promise in future years.

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!"

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Lake Powell Crappie May 2, 2004


March 21, 2004 Arizona Daily Sun article - Powell Keeps Mead From Drying Up? Lake Mead, created by construction of Hoover Dam in 1928-35, was 59 percent full earlier this month and sorely needs Glen Canyon Dam, says a spokesman for the Southern Nevada Water Authority. "Were it not for the storage Lake Powell provides, Lake Mead's water level would likely be precariously low, threatening both Southern Nevada's drinking water intakes and impairing the ability of Hoover Dam to generate hydroelectric power," J.C. Davis said this week from his Las Vegas office. "Glen Canyon Dam is an integral part of the reservoir system that provides stability to water users throughout the Southwest. Its role in managing flows in times of surplus and drought can hardly be overstated. The current drought plaguing the Colorado River system only underscores this point." Editor's note:  As of April 23rd, Lake Mead had dropped to 57% of live storage capacity.


March 15, 2004

Spring Fishing is HOT!


Recent warm weather has turned on the fishing at Lake Powell in a huge way!
All over the lake, the early spring fishing pattern is finding regular coves and cuts where shallow water adjoins deep water.  Two pound regular and largemouth bass are moving out of the depths to warm themselves in the shallow coves. They are willing to hit many different reaction baits in clear green to brown water.  

Look for depths of 5 to 15 feet with 40-60 feet nearby.
Nice size regularmouth, largemouth and 6-8 lb. stripers are being caught. The Utah Game and Fish is already calling this year's spring fishing "the best since 1997".  Back in the fall, Utah Game and Fish biologist, Wayne Gustavenson, noted that "Fish numbers are mind-boggling. Physical condition is superb".

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March 5, 2004

Planning a trip to Lake Powell?

The otherworldly terrain featured in the movie Planet of the Apes is here at Lake Powell - an amazing lake with 2,000 miles of shoreline, hidden canyons and private campsites, all completely
accessible by boat


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Visit http://www.utah.com/lakepowell/
You'll be leaving the Friends of Lake Powell website so please come back.


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 is actually holding up pretty well though (it's still 59% full) thanks to Lake Powell. 

Prior to construction of the Glen Canyon Dam, Lake Mead was subject to huge fluctuations.  In fact, during the 1950's drought, Lake Mead dropped all the way down to 1083' msl which was 130 feet below full pool and some 57 feet lower than it is today.  And this was before the Upper Basin states and the State of Arizona were utilizing their water allocations if you can imagine that!

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Lake Mead in the 1950's before Lake Powell (Cline Library Archive) So, how well would Lake Mead by doing during this current drought cycle (without Lake Powell)?

       
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Lake Mead (without Lake Powell) - Spring 2004
Live storage =  1.6  million acre-ft (6% full)

To read more about why we need Lake Powell, visit
How Low Would Mead Go? - 25_Reasons to Keep Lake Powell


December 6, 2003

Lake Powell Drops Below 3600'

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'. 
Drought conditions have reduced runoff into Lake Powell the past 4 years. 

The lake is expected to drop to 3584' before the 2004 spring runoff begins.
Also, the Adaptive Management Work Group has cancelled the January beach-building spike flow for the 2nd year in a row.  Even though the Colorado ran muddy for much of August due to monsoon storms (see photo below)...the amount of incoming sediment failed to trigger AMWG beach building criteria. 

A USGS study found that an August 1992 flood of the Paria River delivered 544,000 tons of sediment -- primarily sand -- into the Colorado in less than 24 hours. Typically, flows of that size occur on the Paria about every two years, according to USGS. In all, the Paria dumps about 1 million tons of sediment downstream during the monsoon season in late summer and early fall.


November 8, 2003

And All These City Folks Are Going To Need Water

"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.
Source:  Salt Lake Tribune 11-08-03


November 8, 2003

Global Warming May Mean More Fights over Water in the West

Two recent articles tell the story of dwindling water supplies if global warming trends continue. It will mean more fights over water throughout the West. "Climate change is upon us. In 20 to 25 years, we really will be working with a different climate," said Michael Dettinger, a U.S. Geological Survey research biologist and researcher with the Climate Research Division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. MORE


September 25, 2003

PWC Are Officially OK - NPS Final Rule Approved It's Official! 

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.
To read the Record of Decision visit: PWC Record of Decision or GCNRA What's New


September 20, 2003

Cathedral in the Desert
Where is it?  What is it? 

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. 
Think everything good is lost underwater?   Think again.  The slickrock wilderness that surrounds Lake Powell is filled with adventure.  Put on your hiking boots.

Essay and Photo Journal


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July 20, 2003 - Summertime at Lake Powell

The water temperature is a warm 82 degrees.   The monsoon thunderstorm season has started.  The afternoon clouds offer a welcome relief to the hot sun but can also cause erratic winds when the thunderstorm cells collapse and cooler air rushes to the ground.  Make sure your boat and shade tarps are securely anchored as the wind can come up without much notice...late afternoon and early evening hours are particularly prone to thunderstorm activity. As the moisture levels rise, the potential for flash floods also increases. 

Play it smart and be weatherwise especially when exploring slot canyon and when choosing camp site locations.
Shad populations are healthy this summer and the fish are fat and sassy.  Striper boils will be increasing during the month of August.   Bass are in the summer patterns...fish deep 20-30' or look for shad schools early in the morning.


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.
"Lake Powell isn't a beach per se, it offers a wide variety of things to do and that's what we were looking for.  Men's Health boasts a circulation of 680,000.


May 9, 2003

PWC Ban Lifted

The personal-watercraft ban at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is lifted as of sunrise on May 10, 2003. A Department of Justice judge signed off an an agreement between the National Park Service and Bluewater Network to allow for the lifting of the ban before the final rule of a recently conducted environmental study is complete. The study shows the PWCs -- or jet-skis -- cause no significant damage


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.


“Today marks a new beginning at Antelope Point, and the fulfillment of a promise the U.S. government made to the Navajo Nation 30 years ago,” said Kitty Roberts, superintendent of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. “It’s definitely a time to celebrate.”
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