All groups traveling through Cataract Canyon must cross a portion of Lake Powell to reach the takeout at Hite. The location where the river ends and the lake begins varies throughout the year. Given the distances involved and the frequency of strong, up-canyon winds, motors are recommended.
An old access road on river right can be used for a takeout. This road leaves Highway 95 between mileposts 41 and 42, just downstream from the Dirty Devil River. The ramp provides two-wheel drive access close to the river. Cut banks may prevent boaters from backing trailers directly to the water's edge or into the river at this location.
For current conditions on Lake Powell, contact Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Hite Marina remains closed. However, fuel for boats or motor vehicles may be purchased 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at the service station (located in front of the Hite convenience store) by using a credit card at the pump.
Camping below Imperial Rapid is limited, especially for large groups. Many former camps are now perched on dried mud flats 20 to 30 feet above the river.
Zebra Mussel Advisory
All boaters on Lake Powell must comply with Glen Canyon's zebra mussel regulations.
Did You Know?
At Spanish Bottom on the Colorado River, scientists discovered 260 feet of sediment below the water's surface. This could make Cataract Canyon one of the most actively filling canyons in the world. More...