Arizona: Local Boater Program Allows Limited Access to Lake Powell

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Local Boater Program Allows Limited Access to Lake Powell

As an update to a story we posted a few weeks ago, this announcement from the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the National Park Service:

As a first step in the reopening of national parks announced by President Donald Trump and Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD), in cooperation with the National Park Service (NPS), is launching the Arizona Lake Powell Local Boater Program to allow limited, day-use access at Lake Powell in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area for any boat stored within 20 miles of Page, Arizona.

Local boaters who wish to participate in the program must enroll by submitting an application, available at www.azgfd.gov/ais. Implementation of the program will occur only at the Wahweap Marina boat ramp beginning Friday, April 24, and continuing every weekend (Friday-Sunday, 7 a.m-8 p.m.) until the NPS general closure order is rescinded. Boaters who are enrolled will be allowed to launch and retrieve their boats within the listed hours of operation.

All boat ramps on Lake Powell have been closed to limit the spread of the invasive quagga mussel, as it was not possible to follow Centers for Disease Control recommendations and safely conduct standard inspections and decontaminations. This geographic restriction is in place to minimize the spread of invasive species. AZGFD and NPS encourage safe boating and fishing when possible, while still limiting the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS).

Boaters are reminded to observe all applicable travel regulations within Utah and the Navajo Nation. All boaters must comply with local restrictions and AIS laws. Boaters may not remove boats from the immediate area to limit the spread of AIS. Boats from outside the immediate area of the Wahweap Marina ramp, including other parts of Arizona, will remain subject to the NPS general closure order. Boaters will not be permitted to enter Utah in areas around Lake Powell to ensure compliance with the closure order.

For more details about this program and to enroll, please visit www.azgfd.gov/ais.

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Don McDowell, Arizona native, is an avid outdoorsman and has been an active bass pro fisherman for over 16 years and in the past 15 years has developed his own radio show promoting bass fishing and conservation efforts for bass fishing that escalated to nominations with several bass groups and organizations. In the past 12 years, Don has pursued his conservation agenda through AZBFN-TBF as Conservation Director and with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, in the spring of 2014 redesigned his website to include those efforts highlighted below and has increased the AZGFD exposure, public education of the AZGFD and Commission issues on his radio show and website soliciting local and national support for Arizona. 2014 has seen the founding of SRT Outdoors, Inc., 501 C3 organization, “Not for Profit, for Conservation” which is concentrating on grants for mitigating the effects of Gizzard Shad on Roosevelt lake thorough habitat enhancement, Florida Strain Bass stocking, lakes bottom mapping, etc. and feral hog research.

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