PROVO, Utah, June 29, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Utah Lake is only 48 percent full this summer and with 100 degree plus temperatures and lack of rain, water levels are expected to continue dropping right up until winter.
Utah State Park Law Enforcement (LE) and Utah County Search and Rescue (SAR) authorities say they won’t be able to launch response vessels at seasonal numbers but will need to rely heavily on jet boats and air boats to conduct “people” rescue missions only.
The message for the boating public is that LE and SAR will not be able to retrieve boats stranded on Utah Lake, only rescue people in distress.
Boat owners will be responsible for making arrangements to have their boats towed away at their expense.
Finally, rangers warn that high winds and stormy weather can hit at any time and drastically change conditions on the lake. They suggest safety should be everyone’s top priority while recreating on Utah Lake.
Boaters are encouraged to let friends or family members know where they’re headed in advance and make sure they have life jackets and other personal flotation devices on board.