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Changing water levels at Lake Powell leads to closures of boating ramps

Bathtub rings show how low Lake Powell levels have dropped this year. (AP Photo/Brittany Peterson)

Bathtub rings show how low Lake Powell levels have dropped this year. (AP Photo/Brittany Peterson)

PAGE, Ariz. — Since 2001, declining water levels due to climate change and 20 years of drought have reshaped Lake Powell’s shoreline. Today we are experiencing low lake levels and their effects on boat ramp access points, on-lake facilities and the landscape.

Significant changes to the shoreline will affect usability of boat launch ramps throughout the year, especially in warmer months. We ask visitors to plan ahead and prepare for longer lines, limited parking and congestion at boat ramps and docks. To relieve launch ramp congestion, please ready your boat at a nearby parking lot before driving to launch ramps. View the current status of your preferred launch destination before heading to the lake.

On Lake Powell, boaters should be aware that as water levels drop, channels may narrow leading to increased boat congestion. Boaters should exercise caution in all areas of Lake Powell. Availability of restrooms, floating walkways, pump out, fuel and convenient stations may vary. View the current status of on-lake facilities.

There are many new places to explore as water levels change, and the scenic shoreline is always evolving. Rangers remind visitors to check current lake levels to plan ahead and prepare for your visit to Glen Canyon.

The following boat ramps are currently closed to all access because of low water levels — Wahweap Stateline, Wahweap Auxiliary, Bullfrog Main and Bullfrog Spur.

The following ramps are inoperable to motorized vessels — Hite, Halls Crossing, Antelope Point Public and Wahweap Main.

Information provided by NPS.

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