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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Visit Lake Powell Over Memorial Day Weekend

Lake Powell is a very popular destination for people looking for water, sand and sun, and it is always busy over Memorial Day weekend. Conditions are good at the big lake and there is plenty of room for fun and adventure. Here are some tips to make your trip more enjobable.

Arrive early, if you can, and boat away from the marinas. The marinas will be crowded and there will be lines on launch ramps Friday through Monday.

Be aware of water levels and what that might mean to areas you want to visit. At this writing, the lake level is 3583 feet above sea level. Here is a launch ramp report:
  • Wahweap main ramp is open with good launch conditions
  • Stateline ramp has been closed but will open May 22
  • Antelope Point public ramp is closed - may open for smaller boats by weekend
  • Bullfrog ramp has been extended, is open and in good shape
  • Halls Crossing ramp is open and in good shape
Boat launching is not possible at Hite. Small boats will be about to launch on a primitive ramp when the lake level rises to 3608 feet.

The Castle Rock cut has been deepened and will be usable this weekend. Small and mid-sized boats should be able to use the cut, but be careful.

Quagga mussels are now well established in Lake Powell. In past years, boat inspections sought to keep the mussels out of the lake. Now, officials are trying to keep mussels from spreading from Powell to other waters. Boat inspections may happen as you leave the lake. More information.

11 Little Know Facts About Lake Powell
Heather Rankin has interesting tidbits about the lake on her blog, see them here. (An example, Lake Powell comprises just 13% of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.)

Lake Powell Photography
Below is a video I found interesting, describing photography and culture at the lake. It was published on AZCentral.com.

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