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Lake Powell is perfect answer for the hot weather
Lake Powell has been busy this summer! Many long-time residents are reminded of the ‘good old days.’
According to the National Park Service, visitation since Independence Day has continued to be steady as warm weather continues to bathe the area in sunshine.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, known for Lake Powell, has experienced an increase in visitation unlike what has been seen in recent years. Many ‘old timers’ say that it’s starting to look like it did in the 1980s and 1990s when the parking lots were full and parking overflowed onto Lakeshore Drive.
Lake elevation as of August 24, 2020, was 3601.24 feet, which is around 98.76 feet below the maximum level. Lake Powell is down 18.41 feet from one year ago and is at 48.8 percent of full pool.
Unlike the 1990s, boaters must have their boats inspected by employees of the Utah Division of Wildlife for invasive mussels at every boat ramp. Visitors are reminded to be patient and respectful of other visitors. Due to the pandemic, visitors should practice social distancing. Masks are mandatory for indoor public spaces in Coconino County, Arizona, including Page and Wahweap.
Nearest to Page and Kanab, the following areas are open:
• Wahweap South, Wahweap North, Lone Rock Entrance Stations. Be sure to bring your Federal Public Lands pass for free entry and discounted fees.
• Lone Rock Beach - day use and primitive camping. Fee required.
• Wahweap Main Ramp open seven days a week.
• Wahweap Stateline Ramp open seven days a week.
• The Wahweap RV Park and Campground (including laundry and shower facilities) and the Campground Store
• Wahweap Picnic Area restrooms
• Lake Powell Resort Lodge, the Rainbow Room Restaurant (to go), the Wind Café (to go), Driftwood (to go), Driftwood Pool and Escalante Pool
• Wahweap Grille (limited indoor seating, in addition to takeout)
• Wahweap Boat Rentals and Dock ‘n Stock
• Wahweap Overlook
• The Chains day use area
• Beehive Campground is open with a limit of three days, and camping beyond the campground is prohibited. Pack it in/Pack it out. There are no restrooms or trash cans. Campers are responsible for removing all solid waste, including human waste.
• Antelope Point Marina, which lies mostly on the Navajo Nation, recently opened.
The campground at Lees Ferry is closed.
Most of the facilities in Bullfrog, Halls Crossing and Hite are open. Visitors are urged to check https://www.nps.gov/glca/planyourvisit/conditions.htm for the most accurate information on what is open or closed in other areas of Glen Canyon NRA.
Visitors will find plenty of lodging at the Lake Powell Resort Lodge and in the surrounding towns for those who would rather have a more comfortable place to stay.
Restaurants are open in Page and at the resort. Some restaurants offer take-out, while others offer dine-in with social distancing.
So, load up your boat, kayak, inner tube and camping gear and come enjoy the lake, and hike around the surrounding landscape.