Ramp Will Close: Low Lake Levels
Antelope Point launch ramp will close on September 23, 2013 to all launches with boat trailers due to low lake levels. A barricade will be placed at the lower portion of the ramp to allow for hand launching of kayaks, canoes, and other small vessels. Boaters should still be aware that while the ramp is open, launching at these water levels is not safe for all sizes of boats and launching is at your own risk. Parking is prohibited on the ramp and self-certification for mussels is still required for all vessels.
Lake Powell’s water levels plummeted in early 2005, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation, and the lowest water levels in this time series appear on April 2, 2005. In the latter half of the decade, precipitation was better, but still slightly below normal in the Upper Colorado River Basin. Except for year 2008, lake level began to get higher. While the lake was significantly higher in 2011 and 2012 than in 2005, a careful comparison of the side canyons reveals that the level was still not back to 1999 levels, when the lake was near full capacity.
A US Bureau of Reclamation report released last August forecast dramatic cuts next year in releases between the two main reservoirs on the Colorado River, the primary source of water for tens of millions of people across seven western states.