by Gary Yantis, Manager
The Jewel of the Desert is shining brighter this summer. Lake Powell’s water level topped out at 3660.90 after 112 days of increasing water elevation. The runoff was slow at first, starting in early April. By late April the lake was rising up to 3” of per day and there was enough water in the Castle Rock Cut to cruise through it if you were careful. By mid-may it was going up 6” per day, and by June 9, a foot a day. After a week at that pace there was a gradual tapering off, until at 3660.90 on July 30th, it topped out. The heavy snows in the mountains of the upper Colorado River drainages filled all the various rivers’ reservoirs and brought Powell up over 50 feet.
Wahweap: The Wahweap Marina Store Complex is still in the final design stage, according to ARAMARK’s Regional District Manager Dan Resmondo. Although earlier thought to be well into the construction stage by now, a change in the government’s approval process has delayed the acceptance of the plans by the National Park Service (NPS). Lou Good, Glen Canyon NPS Chief of Concessions, concurred that a recent change in the process does now require another level of review. This additional step, which is to be done at the local level of NPS, has postponed the beginning of the construction of the store complex. However, he assured me that they are doing everything they can to get the permits accepted so the store may still be built and in place next year. A few changes are being made to the design to reduce the construction cost. The overall size will be reduced, but otherwise it will remain much the same as the original configuration.
Bullfrog & Halls Crossing: “Business has been good at Halls Crossing Marina and Bullfrog Marinas” states Chuck Fortin. “It (business) got off to a slow start this spring, but July and August have been very busy.” He adds that everything else is running smoothly. Resmondo stated that at Bullfrog, they are still recovering from the 2010 “wind event” and will build in more protection for the marina. The work includes building up the breakwater to restrict the wave action and installing more solid anchoring systems to hold the slips and the marina in place.
Antelope Point: Antelope Point Marina has passed an NPS Environmental Audit with flying colors, according to Steve Ward, Marketing Director for Antelope Point Holdings. Amid concerns about the impending inspection they brought in some affiliated technical assistance to help get them up to the required level for their first Audit. It worked!
Lou Good (NPS) states that Glen Canyon National Park Service is very proud of the performance that Antelope Point Marina and Forever Resorts (the rental fleet) has achieved during the recent inspection. So much so, that the innovations and green practices that they have adopted will be the subject of a showcase article in an NPS internal magazine.
Crystal Angel II, the 85’ X 22’ yacht reported on in the last issue is berthed at the end of B dock in Wahweap Marina where it towers over the rest of the boats. This Skipperliner, the largest privately owned yacht on the lake, was launched on May 18, 2011. It had been transported from the factory into the Wahweap Stateline shop yard (Top Shop) on two tractor trailers. The upper deck was then attached to the hull and the final assembly was completed. After the craft was assembled, it had to be moved from the boat yard to be launched into the lake on one tractor trailer. That takes a specialized heavy duty marine trailer. It was reported the yacht was so heavy that on the initial try the trailer wound up with 3 broken axles and a broken frame. Another trailer was brought in to complete the launch.
Members Bill and Iris Adams, from Flagstaff, AZ store a couple of boats in the LPYC storage yard. He reminded me of the need to check the nozzle on fire extinguishers on a regular basis. He thought you should know that mud daubers will build their nest in the nozzle and restrict the operation of the unit. Here is some more information which I have discovered on the internet: Mud daubers are actually beneficial to humans. “Mud daubers live alone rather than in hives or colonies. The Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension describes mud daubers as being between 3/4 of an inch to 1 inch long. Their coloring is usually dark brown or black, and some subspecies may have yellow markings. These insects have a long narrow waist called a petiole. Mud daubers are useful to humans because they feed black widow spiders, a dangerous arachnid species, to their larval offspring. Mud daubers rarely sting.” And while we are talking about fire extinguishers, check them for full charge at least every year and tap them gently on the floor to loosen the powder (on the dry chemical units).
The end of 2012 will mark a turning point for many PWC owners. Although manufacturers have produced 4-stroke machines for several years, there are still many 2 stroke machines in operation on Lake Powell. That is, until Dec. 31, 2012, at which time the 2-stroke PWC’s not meeting the 2006 emission standards will be banned for use on the lake. (That includes all older 2-stroke models.) This ban only pertains to PWCs – the ban does not include 2-stroke motors in other boats. PWC operators will be required to change to 4-stroke or the newer 2-stroke that comply with the 2006 EPA emission standards. (The Yamaha Wave Runner, FX 140 manufactured in 2002 is reportedly the world’s first 4-stroke PWC.) Information is available about the new regulation on the NPS website at www.nps.gov/glca. Click on “Advisories” under “Quicklinks”. For addition information, follow the link to the EPA website.
Lake Mead and Lake Mohave: The same ban will be implemented on Lake Mead and Lake Mohave beginning January 1st 2013. Their information is available at www.nps.gov/lake, then click on “2-stroke engine info”. This site describes how rangers on Mead and Mohave will determine if the engine is not compliant: “Rangers will take into account the model of the vessel, the engine type, and whether it’s carbureted in determining if a vessel should be removed from the lake”.
As of 2011 two-stroke PWCs are still permitted in areas such as the Colorado River south of Davis Dam, Lake Havasu and other recreation areas managed by other federal, state and local agencies.
(Is there anyone out there that wants to buy some Ocean Front property in Arizona? – or a couple of 2-stroke PWC to use on Powell after 2012? Hmmm.)
A local propeller repairman told me a few days ago that this has been a busy year for him. He has had more damaged props this year caused by striking objects in the water than he has ever before. The great amount of water that has flowed into the lake and the higher water level has also brought an unusually large amount of driftwood into the lake. That driftwood may appear as a log, or only a small limb floating in the water. As you seasoned boaters know though, that little piece of driftwood that you can see in your path may have a log floating just below the surface. Hit one of them and you may need a trip to the prop shop, or maybe worse, a hull repair shop.
Lake Powell remains Mussel Free! Keep up the good work! - PLEASE do not transport quagga mussels or other invasive species back to Lake Powell. The battle to protect Powell from quagga mussel contamination continues. Clean, Drain & Dry Your Boat and Equipment.
Contact the office to store your houseboats, cruisers, PWCs and also RVs in the Yacht Club storage yard. It is lighted, secure and you can work on your boat with personal access 24 hours a day. Reserve a space by contacting the office at 928-645-3992, or email at
Give a friendly wave and a smile to your fellow boater! It will make the day better for both of you.