Lake Powell To Begin Reopening To All Boats In Phases
May 1, 2020, 8:04 PM | Updated: 8:08 pm
(National Park Service)
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Officials with Glen Canyon National Recreation Area announced plans to reopen Lake Powell to all boats in phases, beginning May 8.
“We continue to work closely with the Department of the Interior and all of our partners to phase-in reopening facilities and services,” said Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Superintendent William Shott. “We are pleased that the majority of the 1.25 million acres that comprise Glen Canyon National Recreation Area has remained open and accessible during this difficult time, including Escalante, Orange Cliffs, Ferry Swale, Muley Point and other accessible backcountry.”
Park officials said the main launch ramp at Bullfrog and Wahweap launch ramp will open to all boats for day use on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The ramps will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Restrooms at both launch ramps will also be open.
Beginning May 15, the Bullfrog and Wahweap ramps will be open seven days a week to all boats and begin overnight use.
The Halls Crossing launch ramp will open to all boats for day use only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Halls Crossing ramp will open to all boats seven days a week beginning May 22.
“The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount,” officials said in a release. “At Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance, and will be regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.
“While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.”
Many concession operations and some park facilities and areas will remain closed until further notice. See the latest updates from the National Park Service here.