Lake Powell

Associated Press | John Locher

The U.S. government released projections Wednesday that indicate an even more troubling outlook for a river that serves 40 million people in the American West.


Officials at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area say they’ll partially reopen the Stateline Auxiliary Boat Ramp at Lake Powell Thursday.

Rapids are returning to lower Cataract Canyon in southern Utah after decades underwater in the far-upper reaches of Lake Powell. The damming of the Colorado River in Glen Canyon in the 1960’s submerged the river’s channel and native vegetation. But climate change, extended drought and extreme heat have caused Lake Powell’s water level to drop to new lows, revealing the once-submerged rapids.

Yavapai County Sheriff David Rhodes says he's been cited for operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol at Lake Powell. 


AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

The water level at Lake Powell on the Utah-Arizona border has hit a historic low amid a climate change-fueled megadrought engulfing the U.S. West.


Southern Utah University

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office says a 43-year-old woman drowned in a flash flood Saturday in a side canyon of Lake Powell. Authorities responded to Labyrinth Canyon after receiving information about a possible drowning. The victim, Heather Rutledge of Louisville, Kentucky, was hiking in the slot canyon with her husband and three sons Saturday afternoon when they were caught in a flash flood. Her family was able to locate her and perform CPR, which was unsuccessful.

National Park Service

Lake Powell on the Colorado River is at historically low levels. All but three of its boat ramps are stranded above the waterline. The National Park Service is fighting to maintain access to the reservoir for recreational boaters… with the help of an old “legacy” ramp that’s been underwater for half a century. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny spoke with William Shott, superintendent of Glen Canyon National Recreational Area.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Lake Powell on the Colorado River is expected to drop to a record-breaking new low in the next day or two. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports, the reservoir will reach its lowest elevation since it was first filled.

AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

Lake Mead, the largest reservoir on the Colorado River and in the country, has fallen to its lowest level since it was first filled in the 1930s. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports.


Officials at say a 34-year-old Phoenix man recently drowned at Lake Powell.