Lake Powell Water Level May 26th Update

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Rankin Realty at Lake Powell, LLC

Lake Powell's water level continues to rise this week to the tune of 6 to 9 inches a day. As of last Friday the lake crossed the less than 100 feet low threshold ~ an exiting event! In another ten days or so we would expect the Lake Powell Castle Rock Cut to be open again and boaters happily heading upstreeam without the 11 mile detour to Glen Canyon Dam.

Currently the rivers that feed Lake Powell are running at 124% of normal. By the time July rolls around the lake should be about 61 feet below full, the highest it has been since 1999. For locals and tourists alike this is a joyous event. Also power production at the dam will be increased about 12% over last year with the higher water levels.

The CUT at Castle Rock being opend means less gas used to get upstream and out of Wahweap Bay. Tourists and tour operators a like are thrilled at this prospect. It is such a problem with the Cut is closed that the National Park Service had proposed a plan to dredge the Cut this spring. The wet winter and cool, wet spring has made that unnecssary.

Overall Lake Powell is expected to increase 50 verticle feet this spring run off year. Good news for the west as Lake Powell is the savings account of water used by the downstream states of Arizona, Nevada, California and the country of Mexico.

See Also

Lake Powell Continues to Rise

Contact Me Update: Between Friday and Saturday the Lake rose a little over 1 foot. 12 vertical inches of water in 24 hours!

Comments (8)

Lisa Friedman
Alliance Realtors - Bedminster, NJ
Central New Jersey Real Estate

This is very interesting and something I have never thought about. I've heard greatthings about Lake Powell and would love to visit there in the next year or two.

May 26, 2008 03:37 AM
John Walters
Frank Rubi Real Estate - Slidell, LA
Licensed in Louisiana

Good to know you guys are getting enough water to do fun things this year.

May 26, 2008 03:38 AM
Heather Rankin
Rankin Realty at Lake Powell, LLC - Page, AZ
Lake Powell Real Estate

Lisa - If you decide to visit, drop me an line and we'll chat. It is one unique place and for a big water storage tank, just gorgeous.

John - The lower water levels for the past eight years have meant a lot more beaches and hikes were available to be explored even with the Cut closed. Last week, when we crossed the 100 foot low mark (WOOT!), there was still 460 feet of water depth at the dam. Having been here for 20 years it's still hard to wrap my mind around just how much water we are talking - not only in the lake, but to come up 9 inches a day over 250 square miles - gads!

May 26, 2008 03:44 AM
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

Thank you for the report. . but I'm sure where Lake Powell is. .

May 26, 2008 04:03 AM
Clint Miller
Real Estate Pipeline, Inc. - Missoula, MT

this has been the first time in 10 years that we have had above normal precip for the winter.  And now we have low-end flodding all over the state.  Glacier Park in the last 7 days has had 7 inches of rain!!!  Wet, Wet, Wet

May 26, 2008 04:04 AM
Heather Rankin
Rankin Realty at Lake Powell, LLC - Page, AZ
Lake Powell Real Estate

Fernando - Lake Powell sits on the Arizona Utah border. It begins 1 mile from Page, Arizona, crosses the Utah state line six miles later and then streatches back 186 miles into central Utah. Lake Powell is the main water storage facility for the Colorado River and the main cog in the wheel for water in the west. When full it can hold 27 million acre feet of water - roughly 2 years average flow of the Colorado River. An acre foot is 325,851 gallons and roughly enough water for a family of four for a year.

Lake Powell was created in the late 50's and early 60's when the Colorado River was damed at Glen Canyon, by the Glen Canyon Dam.

Lake Powell has simply some of the most breathtaking scenery in our country. Google Lake Powell then click on images to see.

Clint ~ we have had a wet, cold spring here as well. It snowed at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and in Bryce National Park on Friday. Rained at lower elevations. I can't believe 7 inches of rain. Our average rain fall in the Page Lake Powell area is about that for the whole year LOL.

May 26, 2008 04:24 AM
Kevin McGourty
Realty ONE Group - Phoenix, AZ

Thanks for the info.

Jun 03, 2008 11:06 AM
Heather Rankin
Rankin Realty at Lake Powell, LLC - Page, AZ
Lake Powell Real Estate

Kevin - you're most welcome. All of us around here are pretty excited. Tracking water levels is becoming a betting game, as well as when the Castle Rock Cut will see the first boat through it in several years!

Jun 03, 2008 03:44 PM