Lake Powell Water Level May 26th Update - Utah

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.

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Comments (4)

Ann Heitland
Retired from RE/MAX Peak Properties - Flagstaff, AZ
Retired from Flagstaff Real Estate Sales

It's awfully nice to have this news for a change!

May 29, 2008 05:30 PM
Heather Rankin
Rankin Realty at Lake Powell, LLC - Page, AZ
Lake Powell Real Estate

Ann - Yes it is. The news this week ~ Lake Powell has come up between 10 and 12 inches a day the last five days! 12 inches a day - that's a half an inch an hour - you can almost stand on the shore and see that!!

May 29, 2008 06:59 PM
Mobile Austin Notary
Apostille/Authentication/Embassy Legalization, Notary Public, Loan Signing Agent & Process Server Services - Austin, TX

I really enjoyed reading your post.Butterfly

Feb 03, 2009 04:03 PM
Heather Rankin
Rankin Realty at Lake Powell, LLC - Page, AZ
Lake Powell Real Estate

Thanks Jenette - By the end of April Lake Powell will be at the lowest level for the year, and then it starts! The rising waters beging. From late April to the first of July the Lake should gain close to 50 feet of water (we hope more!) It's an amazing thing every year to watch it come up.

Feb 03, 2009 04:54 PM