Lees Ferry & Lake Powell will be open beginning Saturday Oct. 12th

Lake Powell

by Arizona Game & Fish Department

Lees Ferry and Lake Powell opens this Saturday

Lees Ferry and Lake Powell, prime fishing destinations in northern Arizona and southern Utah, will reportedly be open beginning Saturday, Oct. 12, as part of a larger agreement between Utah and the National Park Service to reopen Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

The recreation area will open at noon on Saturday, according to the Lake Powell Chronicle. In the article, Denise Shultz of the National Park Service said that the Colorado River will be open from the Glen Canyon Dam to Lees Ferry, but not from Lees Ferry to the Grand Canyon. However, in light of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's successful negotiation with federal officials today to open Grand Canyon National Park, the closure from Lees Ferry to Grand Canyon could change.

Last week, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission voted to offer resources to the federal government to keep access open at Lees Ferry and certain other key fishing, hunting and boating access points on federal lands in Arizona. As of this time, the department has not received a response to its letters to the directors of the National Park Service, USDA Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has been receiving inquiries from constituents asking how the impending federal government shutdown will affect department properties, as well as how the shutdown would potentially affect hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreational activities in the state. The shutdown is set to begin Oct. 1 unless agreement between the U.S. House and Senate is otherwise reached. Below is some information that may help answer questions in the event of a federal government shutdown: All Arizona Game and...... Read More