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August 25, 2012 level = 3624.65 ft.

Inflow comparison

Bureau of Reclamation's look at what the future might bring
Castle Rock Cut has a zero water depth for lake elevations below 3608 feet above sea level.

For more water level data visit

Upper Colorado River Basin Snow Pack

Excerpts of the Lake Powell Status Update 9 July 2012
(Courtesy of the Bureau of Reclamation)

Glen Canyon Dam / Lake Powell –The monthly unregulated inflow volume to Lake Powell for June was 353 thousand acre-feet (kaf) (13% of average). This was very nearly equal to the forecasted unregulated inflow volume at the beginning of June which was 350 kaf. The release volume from Glen Canyon Dam in June was 709 kaf which was 1,000 acre-feet above what was scheduled for release during the month. The end of June elevation and storage of Lake Powell was 3633.90 feet (66.10 feet from full pool) and 15.29 maf (62.88% of full capacity).

The Water Supply Forecast for Lake Powell (April through July Unregulated Inflow Volume) for July remained unchanged from June at 2.01 maf (28% of average). For the Water Supply period (i.e. April through July) 2012 will most likely be the third driest year on record since the closure of Glen Canyon Dam in 1963. Only 1977 and 2002 will have had lower April-July unregulated inflow volumes to Lake Powell than what is most likely to occur in 2012....

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Quagga Mussel Alert!!
(Every Boater Please click and Read)

All visitors bringing boats into Glen Canyon National Recreation Area at the major ramps will be required have their boat inspected during normal ramp hours. Your boat must be free of zebra or quagga mussels.

Glen Canyon Recreation Area Zebra/Mussel Information webpage

Arizona G&F Invasive Species Information

Utah Department of Natural Resources Invasive Species Information

Lake Powell Fall Rendezvous
September 26- 30, 2012

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Forget boating on ponds and streams when Lake Powell is in our backyard. It is unique for boating, beauty, discovery and unfettered recreation.

Imagine days of 80 degrees and nights in the 50's! Hard to imagine when it's 113 degrees outside. But that's what you'll experience if you join us June 7 to 10. Mark it on your calendars and call Art Ashton who Powell coordinator emeritus.

You'll travel over blue waters through endless canyons defined by beautiful red rock formations, see mountain sheep, beaver, petroglyphs and more. You may also discover wild horses and ancient Indian dwellings.

For those who haven't been before, we'll arrange for you to convoy (travel) with a Lake Powell veteran. If folks are interested we will hold a planning meeting which is particularly useful if this is your first time boating at Powell.

It is important to contact Art Ashton who wil distribute information about who plans to attend when they plan to arrive and leave the lake and contact information so all can be informed about the location our camp beach on the lake. or 480-313-3905, leave a message or Chuck Peterson at or 602-908-7380.

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Lake Powell Fall Rendezvous
Sep 28 - Oct 2, 2011

Imagine days of 80 degrees and nights in the 50’s! Hard to imagine when it’s 113 degrees outside. But that’s what you’ll experience if you join us at beautiful Lake Powell for our Fall Rendezvous September 28 – October 2. You’ll travel over blue waters through endless canyons defined by beautiful rock formations, see mountain sheep, beaver, petroglyphs and more. You may also discover wild horses and ancient Indian dwellings.

For those who haven’t been before, we’ll arrange for you to convoy (travel) with a Lake Powell veteran.

Contact Art Ashton at or 480-313-3905, or Chuck Peterson at or 602-908-7380

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Lake Powell Summer Rendezvous
June 8-12, 2011

Lake Powell in colorful Monument Valley with clear blue water and a shoreline longer than the west coast. Explore hundreds of tributary canyons some with Indian petroglyphs and ancient dwellings. Experience wild horses, mountain sheep and beaver at this fisherman’s paradise. Don’t forget water skiing, floating and swimming in the warm clean waters with no salt, sharks or dangerous tides.

Join other Squadron members for five glorious days at Powell. Camp out or sleep in your boat, enjoy skiing, fishing, hiking and relaxing on an uncrowded beach. Experience cuisine delights like Hobo stew over a campfire while making lifelong friendships based upon shared adventures.

Reserve June 8-12 for Lake Powell. Let Art Ashton know if you are thinking about going or if you need further information at or 480 313-3905 or contact Chuck Peterson at or 602 906-7380.

June 2011 Photo Gallery
(Photos by Brickner and Sheen)

The approach into the "Castle Rock Cut" from the
Wahweap Bay side

In the "Cut" approaching Warm Creek Bay. Water level was 3630.40 feet. By 31 July the lake was 30 feet deeper.

An unlighted river channel buoy

And a lighted buoy

That is the way to Rock Creek Bay

And that is the way further upstream. Be careful to avoid the
low mounds well out from the shore.

Rock Creek Bay entrance

A nice sand beach in a protected cove for the campsite.

Dan Sheen directs the pop-up preparation

While others supervise and make things secure.
Time for a bit of fishing
A string of bass shows they were successful

Off for some sightseeing

A descriptive sign at the destination

And further explanations by a Park Ranger at
Rainbow Bridge

There it is just around the corner

Rainbow Bridge after a short hike.

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