May 12, 2023 — Lake Powell is receiving the benefits from this winter’s above-average snowpack.
Utah’s Fox 13 reports that Antelope Point Marina is anticipating lake levels will rise 50 feet by the summer, while also citing concerns from experts that one good winter will not solve long term problems caused by drought. Fox 13 writes, “Lake Powell is currently almost 200 feet below capacity close to the ‘minimum power pool,’ the point where the lake can no longer produce hydropower. The Bureau of Reclamation recently put out a study, acknowledging the drought is causing lake levels to drop, and proposing alternatives, like bypassing the power plant and investing in wind or solar power.”
With increasing water levels, boat ramps are opening and expected to open throughout the summer, which is good news for local businesses that rely on tourism.