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Friday, June 06, 2014

Lake Powell Level Rising A Foot A Day Plus Amazing Photos

Fishing at Lake Powell - © Dave Webb
The water level in Lake Powell is now rising about 1 foot every day, and that will continue into late June. The result will be a larger playground with very good boating conditions this season.

Powell has been relatively low for the past few years, but the reservoir is huge and there is still plenty of opportunity to boat away from the marinas and find your own private cove or remote canyon. The Deseret News has this article about the deluge. Below are excerpts.

The latest numbers by the Natural Resources Conservation Service put the Upper Basin Colorado River snowpack at a whopping 208 percent of normal — twice what is typically measured for early June.

Runoff into Lake Powell that began in mid-May reached 60,000 cubic feet per second. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation reports that lake levels will continue to climb a foot a day into late June, hitting a peak elevation of 3,616 feet.

The rising water opened the Castle Rock Cut near Wahweap Marina and three concrete launch ramps — Wahweap, State Line and Antelope Point — are now open.

Hite Marina continues to be closed indefinitely but all other marinas and launch ramps are open and in good condition. The lake changes on a daily basis, so boaters always need to use caution.

Amazing Photos

Today we stumbled on two publications showing amazing photos of southern Utah. Wish we could show some of the images here but we respect copyright. Both of these links are worth a click.

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