Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, in coordination with our partners at the State of Arizona, is pleased to announce that an alternative has been developed that will provide limited boat access to Lake Powell while meeting CDC guidelines, health department orders, and preventing the spread of Quagga mussels. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is supporting implementation of the Arizona Lake Powell Local Boater Program developed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) to provide limited day use boat access to Lake Powell beginning Friday, April 24, 2020. Access to Lake Powell will be available for boats enrolled in the Arizona Lake Powell Local Boater Program at the Wahweap Public Boat Launch Ramp on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. The following information provides program details and information to assist the public in taking advantage of this limited access to Lake Powell and continued access to the majority of the 1.25 million acres that comprise Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Question: What is the Arizona Lake Powell Local Boater Program?
The Arizona Lake Powell Local Boater Program is a sticker-based program that helps Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD), National Park Service (NPS) and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) and staff working on the boat ramps to identify local boats. The program is intended to prevent the spread aquatic invasive species while allowing owners of boats stored within 20 miles of Page, AZ to continue boating and fishing on Lake Powell when current events prevent us from performing consistent watercraft inspections and decontaminations for quagga mussels. By enrolling in this program, you agree to launch your vessel exclusively onto Lake Powell at Wahweap boat ramp, taking your boat out of the water only to return it to its current place of storage. Stickers are valid until December 31st, 2020.
Question: Who can participate in the Arizona Lake Powell Local Boater Program?
To be eligible, you must reside or store your boat within 20 miles of Page, AZ. After enrolling in the program, you will receive a sticker that must be displayed on the port bow of your boat and a Program Dash Tag that must be displayed on your vehicle dashboard at all times.
Question: How do I enroll in the Arizona Lake Powell Local Boater Program?
You may apply online at https://www.azgfd.com/fishing/invasivespecies/ or by emailing all required paperwork e-mail us. Enrollment includes completing a registration form, answering questions that assess participant knowledge related to the program components and objectives and providing supporting documents that demonstrate that you either have a local physical and mailing address or a receipt for the previous month of boat storage in a facility within 20 miles of Page, AZ.
Question: Why is access limited to participants in the Arizona Lake Powell Local Boater Program?
All public boat ramps on Lake Powell have been closed to limit the spread of the invasive quagga mussel as it was not possible to follow Center for Diseases Control guidelines and safely conduct standard inspections and decontaminations. Under the Arizona Lake Powell Local Boater Program, limited, day-use access via the Wahweap boat ramp at Lake Powell in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is open Friday through Sunday for any boat stored within 20 miles of Page, Arizona. This geographic restriction is in place to minimize the spread of invasive species. This program enables NPS to provide limited access to Lake Powell for safe boating and fishing while still limiting the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS). By enrolling in this program, you agree to launch your vessel exclusively onto Lake Powell at Wahweap boat ramp, taking your boat out of the water only to return it to its current place of storage.
Question: How will the Arizona Lake Powell Local Boater Program prevent the spread of quagga mussels?
Participants in the Arizona Lake Powell Local Boater Program may not remove boats from the immediate area to preclude the spread of AIS to other bodies of water. Boats will not receive an inspection from the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) staff every time the watercraft is retrieved from Lake Powell. Instead, the boater will be required to inspect their boat on their own, and begin the process of cleaning (no plants, mud, or mussels), draining (live/bait wells and ballasts) and removing all drain plugs on the boat ramp before leaving the ramp area to begin the dry time. Every boat must always be cleaned and drained, and then begin the drying process before leaving the launch ramp at Lake Powell. The State of Utah will be stopping boaters entering their state in areas around Lake Powell to ensure compliance with the closure order.
Question: How will the Arizona Lake Powell Local Boater Program prevent the spread of COVID-19?
Participants in the program will receive a sticker that is applied to the watercraft’s bow. The boat operator will still be required to clean, drain and begin drying the watercraft on the boat ramp before departing. However, possession of a sticker means that the AIS staff will not need to oversee the boater start this process or apply an inspection seal to the watercraft. No personal interaction will occur with NPS or AZGFD staff. For the health of staff and of boaters, strict CDC guidelines will be maintained at all times.
Question: When will the Wahweap Ramp be available for participants in the Arizona Lake Powell Local Boater Program?
Program participants will be able launch and retrieve watercraft at the Wahweap Ramp Friday-Sunday 7 a.m.-8 p.m. starting April 24, 2020, while the NPS ramp closure order is in effect at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The ramp will be closed all other times.
Question: How do I demonstrate enrollment in the Arizona Lake Powell Local Boater Program?
To demonstrate enrollment in the Arizona Lake Powell Local Boater Program, each time you launch or retrieve a boat, you must:
Question: Who will be staffing the Wahweap Ramp to monitor adherence to program requirements?
Staffing of the Wahweap Ramp at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is provided through a partnership between the NPS and the State of Arizona.
Question: What else do I need to know about the Arizona Lake Powell Local Boater Program
Precautions need to be taken if a boat participating in the Arizona Lake Powell Local Boater Program will be launched into another waterbody. If the boat is interdicted at any other waterbody other than Lake Powell without a professional decontamination, you may forfeit your right to participate in this Program or any other Program. Other states may deny access to their waterbodies if the boat has not been inspected and professionally decontaminated.
Question: What about boats stored in slips and buoy fields at the marinas throughout Glen Canyon National Recreation Area?
During this limited opening for day use boating on Lake Powell during Friday, Saturdays and Sundays, vessels currently stored in slips or buoy fields throughout Glen Canyon National Recreation Area may also voyage throughout Lake Powell. Please be advised that limited visitor services will be available on the lake during these day use openings. Boaters on the lake should be prepared to pack out all trash and dispose of it properly after their day on the lake.
Question: When will the other public boat ramps in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area open?
Due to concerns related to employee and visitor health and safety and resource damage (AIS spread), all boat ramps on Lake Powell were closed on April 6. Currently we do not have protocols in place that will allow for decontamination of quagga infested boats while also preventing the possible spread of COVID-19 due to the close contact required in the inspection and decontamination process. Once these protocols are in place, additional public boat ramps will be able to open.
Question: What else is open in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area?
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area has been successful in maintaining management of our critical operations and accessibility to much of the 1.25M acres of the recreation area. Suspensions and closures have only been implemented when essential for visitor safety, employee safety, and resource protection. In addition to limited local weekend access to Lake Powell that will begin on April 24, hiking opportunities, shoreline fishing, beach access, human powered water recreation, and recreation on the Colorado River corridor all remain available at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Question: When will the recreation go back to normal operations?
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is open. It has been a necessary difficulty to temporarily suspend any part of park operations. However, many opportunities are still available to enjoy the outdoors, so clearly needed at this time, while adhering closely to CDC guidelines for social distancing, and applicable health department orders. The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners is our number one priority. The National Park Service (NPS) is working with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor COVID-19. Our goal remains to return to full operations as soon as is feasible.
Last updated: April 24, 2020