Changing Lake Levels

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Various kayaks and gear on launch ramp. rocky shelf to water. Various kayaks and gear on launch ramp. rocky shelf to water.

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Kayakers scramble down Antelope Point Public Launch Ramp in March 2021
Credit: NPS

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By August 2022, the view of the ramp is dramatically different looking up from the water
Credit: NPS

 

Glen Canyon is home to dynamic and constantly changing landscape.

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. Check current lake levels to plan ahead and prepare for your visit to Glen Canyon. Learn more about boating safety and make every trip to Lake Powell a safe and enjoyable one.

For real time lake level information, view the Bureau of Reclamation's Upper Colorado River HydroData. To learn more about the Upper Colorado River Basin and the operations of Glen Canyon Dam, including the 2023 water year predictions, visit the Bureau of Reclamation's website.

 

 

Low water effects to launch ramps and services

Location

Availability

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Houseboats

Small Motorized Vessels

Non- Motorized Vessels

Wahweap Main Launch Ramp

Inoperable

Inoperable

Available

Closed to motorized vessels. Available for Commercial paddlecraft launching only. Beginning May 1, 2023, when winter season ends, private paddlecraft access will return to the Wahweap Main Ramp. Please follow the parking guidance provided on signage at this location. Swim beach has been relocated west of this ramp.

Wahweap Auxiliary Launch Ramp

Inoperable

Inoperable

Inoperable

Ramp closed to all vessels.

Wahweap Stateline Launch Ramp

Inoperable

Inoperable

Launch at own risk

Ramp closed to launch/retrieval of motorized vessels. Drive halfway down the ramp to access the Stateline Auxiliary Ramp.

Wahweap Stateline Auxiliary Launch Ramp

Available

Available

Unavailable

Open to all vessels November 15, 2022 through May 1, 2023. Prepare all boats in the Stateline Main Ramp parking lot before accessing the auxiliary ramp.

Castle Rock Cut

Inoperable

Inoperable

Inoperable

Unable to navigate.

Antelope Point Public Launch Ramp

Inoperable

Inoperable

Available

Public Ramp closed to motorized vessels. Available for paddlecraft launching only. Extension not possible due to topography. Switchback in place to remedy steepness of access to the marina.

Antelope Point Business Ramp

Inoperable

Unknown

Unknown

Services unavailable. Contact the valet services for more information about when vessels can be accommodated.

Halls Crossing Launch Ramp

Inoperable

Inoperable

Launch at own risk

Closed to motorized vessels. Available for paddlecraft launching only. Extension not possible due to topography.

UDOT Ferry and Launch Ramps

Inoperable

Inoperable

Inoperable

Ramps closed. More information regarding the Lake Powell Ferry provided by UDOT.

Bullfrog North Launch Ramp

Available

Available

Available

Operational for smaller vessels until elevation 3525 ft. View flow of traffic and area map. A courtesy dock is available at the ramp.

Bullfrog Main Launch Ramp

Inoperable

Inoperable

Launch at own risk

Ramp inoperable to all motorized vessels.

Bullfrog Main Launch Ramp Spur

Inoperable

Inoperable

Inoperable

Closed due to rising lake levels.

Stanton Creek Primitive Area

Inoperable

Inoperable

Launch at own risk

Primitive rock and sand beach. Launch area is inoperable. Launch at your own risk

Hite Ramp

Inoperable

Inoperable

Launch at own risk

Hite Launch Ramp out of water.

Rainbow Bridge National Monument

Inoperable

Approach at own risk

Approach at own risk

The dock system and its restroom have been moved to deeper water and are no longer connected to the Rainbow Bridge trail shoreline. Small vessels can beach at the shoreline; however, it is at your own risk. Hiking permits around Navajo Mountain from Navajo Parks & Recreation.

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Lake Powell Launch Ramps (Note: Hite is not on Lake Powell)

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    Lake Powell Marina Services

    Services currently available at Lake Powell marinas
    Hours vary by season, check on seasonal hours for current times. 

    (Wahweap operates on Arizona (Mountain Standard) Time Year-round)

    • Lake Powell Resort – Open 24 hrs
    • Restaurants –
      Rainbow Room: Closed
      Driftwood Lounge: Open 12pm-9pm
      Wind Coffee Shop:  6am-6pm
      Cookie Jar: Closed
      Latitude 37: Closed
    • RV park, Campground, Campground Store: Open 7am - 8pm
    • Lake Powell Lodge Gift Shop: Open 9am-6pm
    • Marina Store: Open 9am - 5pm
    • Sinclair Gas Station: Pay at the pump open 24 hours, retail open 8am - 5pm
    • Wahweap Fuel Dock: Open 9am-4pm
    • Stateline Fuel Dock: Open 9am - 4pm
    • Wahweap Shuttle- Open 8am-5pm
    • Wahweap Marina Offices (access to private vessels in slips or on buoys): Open 9am - 4pm
    • Boat Rentals: Open 9am- 4pm
    •  Dock n' Stock: Open 9am - 5pm. Closes for season November 1.

    (Bullfrog, Halls Crossing, Hite, and Escalante are currently on Utah (Mountain Standard) Time):

    • Defiance House Lodge: Open 8am - 5pm
    • Bullfrog Fuel Dock: Open 9am - 4pm
    • Boat Rentals: Open 8am - 5pm
      Boat N Go: Open 9am - 5pm
    • Upper Gift Shop (at the lodge): Open 7am -11pm

    • Corner Store & Gas Station: Pay at the pump open 24 hours (Store 9am - 5pm)

    • RV Campground/Tent Campground: Open 10am-3pm

    • Anasazi Restaurant: Closed
    • Kiva Lounge: Closed
    • Northlake Marine Service Center (access to private vessels in slips or on bouys): Open Monday-Friday, 9am - 4pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday.
    • Bullfrog Clinic/Urgent Care: Open 9:30am - 3pm. On call 24 hours: call 911 for emergencies.

    • Halls Crossing/Bullfrog Ferry: Closed due to low lake levels. Call (435) 893-4747 or check the ferry page of UDOT's website for more information.

    (Bullfrog, Halls Crossing, Hite, and Escalante operate on Utah (Mountain Standard) Time)

    • Halls Crossing Fuel Dock: Closed due to low water
    • Halls Crossing RV Park, Campground: Open 9am - 4pm
    • Village Store: Open 9am - 5pm

    • Village Store Fuel: Pay at the pump open 24 hours

    • Halls Crossing Marina Store: Open 9am - 5pm

    • Snack Bar: Closed

    • Northlake Marine Service Center (access to private vessels in slips or on buoys) – open 9am-4pm

    • Halls Crossing/Bullfrog Ferry – closed due to low water levels. Call (435) 893-4747 or check the ferry page of UDOT's website for more information.
    • Marina Guest Services: Open 24 hours

    • Marina Business Launch Ramp:  Available for vessels smaller than 26', 7am- 6pm
    • Visitor Center Gift Shop: Open 8am-5pm
    • Boat Rentals: Open 8am - 5pm
    • Fuel Dock: Open 8am - 5pm
    • Marketplace Store: Open 8am - 5pm
    • Boat Tours: Open 8am - 5pm, for more information check the Antelope Point website. 
    • RV park: Open 8am -5pm 
    • Jadi Tooh Restaurant - open 11am-9pm
    • Grandma Betty's Snack Cafe': Closed for the season
     
     
    floating toilet now beached as lake levels drop
    Changing lake levels has left this floating restroom stranded on rock.
    The bathroom, once located near Dominguez Butte has been moved to deeper water as of June 2021.

    NPS

    Last updated: December 8, 2022

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    Contact Info

    Mailing Address:

    PO Box 1507
    Page , AZ 86040

    Phone:

    928 608-6200
    Receptionist available at Glen Canyon Headquarters from 7 am to 4 pm MST, Monday through Friday. The phone is not monitored when the building is closed.

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