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Historically low Lake Powell water levels cause closures of some launch ramps, other changes

Historically low Lake Powell water levels cause closures of some launch ramps, other changes

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ST. GEORGE — Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is advising visitors to be aware of changes to water access points and boat launch areas on Lake Powell this year due to declining water levels through the summer.

The Bureau of Reclamation forecasts for 2021 and 2022, Lake Powell water levels will continue to drop, according to a press release issued by the National Park Service. Due to this, boaters should check the status of their preferred launch destinations before heading to the lake. The latest information on current boat launch and marina facilities can be found online.

The park regularly makes adjustments to infrastructure such as launch ramps, floating docks and walkways to accommodate fluctuating lake levels and to maintain visitor access to the maximum extent possible.

Currently, the Bullfrog Main Launch Ramp, Antelope Point Public Launch Ramp, Hite Launch Ramp, Stateline Launch Ramp and Castle Rock Cut are closed, according to the release. Bullfrog North Launch Ramp, Wahweap Main Launch Ramp and the Halls Crossing Launch Ramp remain open. Stateline Launch Ramp at Wahweap will reopen April 26 for the season.

These boat ramps will remain open as long as conditions allow. Due to a steep drop-off and predictions for low lake levels this summer, the Antelope Point Public Launch Ramp will likely remain closed to motorized vessels this season; however, human powered vessels may launch there (kayaks, canoes, paddleboards).

Read the full article at St. George News.

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