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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Memorial Day Preview

Memorial Day is a low-keyed holiday in Utah. There will be several events hosted by communities and organizations, and plenty of family picnics, campouts and recreational activities.

This is a popular family holiday. Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer and many people will be fishing, boating, hiking, camping and engaging in other outdoor sports.

Popular campgrounds will fill up early. Many campgrounds are first-come, first-served and they will start filling on Thursday afternoon. Arrive early if you hope to get a site. Campgrounds that accept reservations may have some openings, if you book immediately.

Low-elevation areas in southern Utah will have summer-like temperatures. In northern Utah the weather will still be spring-like, with chilly nights, so be prepared.

Boat ramps will be busy at our popular reservoirs, including Lake Powell, Strawberry, Jordanelle, Deer Creek and Otter Creek.

Lake Powell is an attractive destination, even through the marinas will be crowded. It is a huge reservoir and you can always boat away from the crowds. Arrive early, if you can.

At Powell, the upper lake won't be as crowded and it offers some of the best fishing. The Colorado River is pumping muddy water into the lake, and muddy conditions may extend downloake almost to Good Hope Bay. But the fishing will be great in the area where muddy river water gives way to clear lake water.

The official launch ramp at Hite is still not usable but it is possible to launch on an old roadbed near the old marina. However, there is considerable floating debris in the area and so boating is difficult.

Here are some great places that won't be as crowded.
Flaming Gorge
Bear Lake
Red Fleet
Anywhere in Utah's west desert

Boulder Mountain is starting to open up. Lakes on the side of the mountain should be accessible and ice-free. Boulder Top is still not accessible.

Uinta Mountain high lakes are not accessible but lower-elevation lakes usually start to open up about this time of year.


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