Kane County Sheriff: Low water to close Stateline Launch Ramp to Lake Powell boaters

Stateline Launch Ramp. Photo: Kane County Sheriff's Office

KANE COUNTY, Utah, May 15, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — The Kane County Sheriff’s Office has posted a notice to boaters saying the Stateline Launch Ramp closes Monday due to low water, and can be used this weekend “at your own risk.”

“Lake Powell boaters are advised that the Stateline Launch Ramp will close on Monday, May 17 to motorized vessels. The closure will remain in effect until further notice and is due to revised projections from the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) and lake levels lowering faster than previously predicted.

“On May 12, the Stateline Launch Ramp had approximately 3 feet of water depth ending at approximately 3558 elevation. Alternative launching facilities for motorized vessels are located at the Wahweap Marina, located approximately one and one-half miles south of the Stateline Launch Ramp area.

The Stateline Launch Ramp will be open to motorized vessels over the weekend, May 15 and 16, for “at your own risk” launch and retrieval,” the statement says.

“This will allow boaters already on the lake to depart the lake and retrieve their vehicles from the Stateline Launch Ramp parking lot. Posts are visible on the ramp that indicate the end of the concrete to assist boaters in assessing the viability of launching their motorized vessels while the ramp is open.

“The Stateline Launch Ramp will remain open to non-motorized vessels (e.g., canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards). Owners of non-motorized watercraft are advised to clean, drain, and dry their equipment to remove quagga mussels.”

The Stateline Launch Ramp is located at the Utah-Arizona border and is accessed off Highway 89 between Page and Greenehaven, Arizona. Boaters are asked to avoid the fenced construction zone located on the north side of the Stateline Launch Ramp.

The park’s busy season is underway, and visitors are advised to expect congestion and exercise caution in all visitor use areas. Dangers of the spring season require park visitors to monitor changing weather conditions and lake levels.

“Always approach the shore with caution and watch for shallows and submerged debris.”

Prior to visiting, visitors are encouraged to become aware of current alerts available here: Alerts & Conditions – Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov).


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