Enjoy a safe summer at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

© 2017-Lake Powell Chronicle

Take precaution on the water

The staff of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Rainbow Bridge National Monument want all visitors to have an enjoyable and safe visit this summer.
According to William Shott, superintendent of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Rainbow Bridge National Monument, “We welcome everyone who visits these spectacular parks, which provide outstanding opportunities for adventure. Please practice safe boating and outdoor recreation in whatever form you enjoy, while respecting each other and preserving the resources for future generations.”
Ranger-led programs are offered at several locations. The Carl Hayden Visitor Center has Junior Ranger Programs daily. Enjoy a guided hike at Horseshoe Bend daily (8:30 to 11:00 a.m.). The Hanging Garden Guided Hike is Monday through Thursday, (6:30 to 7:30 p.m.), and an evening program is offered at the Wahweap Campground Amphitheater every Friday and Saturday (8 to 9 p.m.)
“Weather permitting” also applies to people during these hot summer months. Extremely hot weather can cause sickness or even death. Follow safety guidelines to avoid dehydration and heat stress. Know and follow other guidelines for safety, including desert safety, lifejackets, and boating safety. Life threatening dangers to avoid include swimming at marinas, flash floods, cliff jumping and carbon monoxide. More information is available here: https://www.nps.gov/glca/planyourvisit/safety.htm,      
The summer heat has also added to the need for current fire restrictions. Open fire of any kind is currently prohibited, except campfires and charcoal fires within agency approved fire pits and grills. Campfires are also permitted below the high water mark of the lake in areas devoid of vegetation. Smoking is prohibited, except in an enclosed vehicle or a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least six feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material down to mineral soil. Fireworks or other pyrotechnic devices are prohibited at all times on all federal public lands.
Visitors to Glen Canyon use a variety of watercraft on Lake Powell, including houseboats, powerboats, personal watercraft (“jet skis”), kayaks and paddleboards. Because quagga mussels have been confirmed both above and below the dam, all boaters and fishermen are reminded to clean, drain, and dry their boats and all equipment after contact with these waters. Utah and Arizona state laws require that boat owners decontaminate their vessels and conveyances prior to transport from infested waters. Specific information on state laws for Utah can be found at www.wildlife.utah.gov/mussels or for Arizona at www.azgfd.gov/ais .
Those who enjoy non-motorized boating will want to check out wakeless zones recently established in three side canyons on Lake Powell: Antelope, Labyrinth and Lost Eden Canyons. Maintaining wakeless speed throughout these narrow canyons increases enjoyment by kayakers, while preventing collisions, swamping or capsizing by other watercraft.
For those camping within one quarter-mile of Lake Powell’s shoreline, “Lake Powell Pure” practices include possessing and utilizing a human sanitation device (portable toilet) that does not use plastic bags to contain the waste.
Digging a cat hole is not allowed because the area could be covered with water later, resulting in your human waste floating in the lake. A portable toilet must be used and don’t dump your tank in the lake. Other illegal activities include vandalism, graffiti, littering, careless operation of a vessel, and boating under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Under the Powell Watch Program, if you see something, say something. Text reports of violations or concerns to 928-614-0820. (Do not call; text only. This is not an emergency number.)
In an emergency, call 911 or use Marine Band 16 to hail National Park Service.

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