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Navajo Lake to be dammed
Navajo Lake is a popular fishing/recreation destination on Cedar Mountain. With a normal water depth of 12 feet, the lake covers 620 acres. It has always been the ‘hot spot’ to chill, in the cooler temperatures of the 9,000-foot elevation lake.
But due to a breach in the dike in 2012, courtesy of a heavy snow pack and runoff the previous winter, the lake began to drain. Experts last summer predicted there would be approximately one foot of water loss a month from the 50 foot wide breach.
The main problem was that while the Southern Utah Region of the Fish and Wildlife Department intended to repair the dam, the majority of work had to wait until the water reduced more and the dam dried out.
Things didn’t look good for the popular recreation spot.
The positive news is the Kane County Commission, Fish and Wildlife, and the ‘mountain’ people are working hard to support the dammed lake! At an open forum meeting on May 30, Kane County Commissioners Dirk Clayson and Jim Matson, and representatives from the State Wildlife Division, met to discuss the present and future plans for the dam at Navajo Lake.
The update was that the dam has been repaired, and the lake is filling! However, due to a light snow pack, it will not fill completely this year.
The design for a replacement dam is expected to be completed by the end of summer. Plans are in place to schedule the necessary impact studies, water rights issues downstream, and reach a projected target date of 2015 to start building.
Twenty-five thousand rainbow trout, 10,000 splake and 10,000 cutthroat were planted in the lake on May 27. A feasibility study will be conducted on a new boat ramp.
The best news is how Duck Creek Village and Cedar Mountain residents have come together to support Navajo Lake! At the May 30 meeting, Dianne Rudnicki presented a check for $3130.96 to Stan Beckstrum of the State Wildlife Division, to be placed in the Navajo Lake Project account on behalf of the people of Duck Creek Village.