Castle Rock Cut Deepened
Work will begin Monday, February 25, 2013 to deepen the Castle Rock Cut. The excavation project will increase the number of usable days of the cut during lower lake levels. National Park Service (NPS) staff will place "Closed Area" buoys around the work area and ready the site for the contractor, Brown Brothers Construction of Loa, Utah. Based on current and anticipated water levels this spring, excavation will lower the bottom elevation of the cut to approximately 3600 feet, removing over 70,000 cubic yards of material. If the lake drops further in subsequent years, excavation could continue to a maximum depth of 3580 feet.
The Castle Rock Cut is a popular short-cut for boaters on Lake Powell. Travel through the cut saves approximately 10 miles of boating. "This not only saves time and gas for boaters," stated NPS Project Manager, Carl Elleard, "but it also provides for a safer boating experience."
Scheduled completion for the project is late April. However the Castle Rock Cut will not reopen until lake levels allow. The park will notify the public when this occurs.