Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Ready For Spring, New PWC Regs For Lake Powell

With spring slowly warming up the Southwest, hours at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in southern Utah are expanding to accommodate travelers.

With the closure of Hwy 89, Colorado River Discovery has adapted the types and number of tours available on the Colorado River below the dam. Half-day and full-day tours will begin at the base of the dam. An additional tour will begin at Lees Ferry for a half-day run to the petroglyph panel and return to the Lees Ferry launch ramp.

Glen Canyon asks visitors to play it safe while in the park. Bring water, snacks, hats, sunglasses and sunscreen – and use them. Visitors on the water should wear life jackets. Cliff jumping is not recommended and illegal at 15’ or greater. Boating after dark is discouraged due to sub-surface water hazards.

Boaters are reminded that all vessels launching on Lake Powell are required to be certified zebra mussel free prior to launching. Violators face mandatory court appearance and up to a $5000.00 fine or six months in jail.

Additionally, a new Personal Watercraft (PWC) regulation took effect January 1 that requires PWCs operating on Lake Powell to meet 2006 emission standards established by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Park Service delayed implementation of this regulation for ten years to minimize impacts to PWC owners and provide time for people to plan for this new requirement.

“We are actively reaching out to the boating public about this change and will take the opportunity next summer to continue to educate park visitors on Lake Powell,” said Superintendent Todd Brindle.

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Here's a rundown on the NRA's launch ramps and their operating hours:

* Wahweap, opened March 25, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. MST. As of May 1, 5 a.m. – 7 p.m. MST

* Stateline Closed, will open in May, exact date to be announced

* Antelope Point, opened March 25, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. MST. As of April 22, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. MST. As of May 20, 6:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. MST

* Bullfrog, opened March 25, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. MST. As of May 1, 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. MDT

* Halls Crossing, no change, 7 am. .– 5 p.m. MDT

* Hite, no change, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. MDT

* Floating Pump-outs Lakewide, opened March 10

* Dangling Rope: Hours are MST

All services except snack bar and pump-out opened March 1, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

(No public trash or recycling available)

Pump-out opens April 10

* Antelope Point Marina

Ja’ di To’oh Restaurant, opens April 5, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. MST

* Wahweap: Hours are MST

Boat Rentals/Canyon Coffee/Store, opened March 29, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Rainbow Room Restaurant, opened March 29, 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.– 9pm

Driftwood Lounge, opened March 29, 11 am. .– 10 p.m.

* Stateline Fuel Dock, opened March 29, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

* Sinclair Station, opened March 29, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

* Oasis Pool and Spa, opened March 29, 7 a.m.– 9 p.m.

* Driftwood Pool, opened March 29, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

* Bullfrog: Hours are MDT

* Defiance House Lodge, opened March 29, open 24 hours

RV & Campground, opened March 29, open 24 hours

Upper Gift Shop, opened March 29, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Dock n Stock, opened March 29, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Boat n Go, opened March 29, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Anasazi Restaurant, opened March 29, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Kiva Lounge, opened March 29, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

* Halls Crossing: Hours are MDT

Village Store and Fuel, opened March 29, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Marina Store and Snack Bar, opened March 29, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Fuel Dock, opened March 29, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

* Hite: Hours are MDT

Convenience Store and Fuel, opened March 29, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Lodging (Family Units), opened March 29, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

RV Campground, opened March 29, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

* Colorado River Discovery

Half-day raft trips, open

* Visitor Centers

Carl Hayden Visitor Center, opened March 3, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center, opened March 5, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Comments

By implementing the new rule, PWC will be treated differently than all other watercraft on Lake Powell (the vast majority). The EPA rule is for the manufacture of new boats not the regulation of existing vessels. NPS proposes prohibiting all PWC that can't meet 2007 emmission standards. Just how will they do this? It is likely that many PWC manufactured before that time also met that standard even though it wasn't mandated or could have been modified to allow them to meet the new standard. So will rangers be on the launch ramp wth testing equipment? In addition, all other vessels on the lake use some form of two stroke or four stroke engines that produce emmision rates similar to PWC. With this rule, they will be allowed on the lake with no one making a peep.

The bottom line is that there is no pollution issue on Lake Powell so the benefits derived from this proposal are minimal to insignficant. Even if there was a problem, it is not being caused by PWC but the other boats on the lake that form the vast majority of vessel user hours. This is more PC quasi envrionmental clap trap from the NPS. If any group seriously challenges this ridiculous regulation, it will fall like a deck of cards.