Lake Powell Ferry Resumes Operations


Dec 2, 2019
The reopening of the Halls Crossing to Bullfrog ferry on Lake Powell after 3(?) years of closure is good news for travellers in the South-West

It appears that the lake's water level has increased somewhat in the past year, from the all-time low-point (3,520') in April last year.
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These satellite photos show the visual difference that the 36' increase in water level made between 4/17/23 (3,522') and 4/16/24 (3,558').
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(It should be noted that the level is only 2' higher between 7/2/23 (3,584') and 7/2/24 (3,586'))
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Lake Powell Sat image 041624 west.jpg......Lake Powell Sat image 041624.jpg

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Curious when the sat photos are from month-wise b/c the water levels are roughly the same as last year at peak.
Gauge at Glen Canyon Dam
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Also, the water levels are not directly correlated with precipitation, but rather dam releases. 2022/3 CO River headwater snowpack was much higher than this season's (~135% v. ~108%; purple and black lines below, respectively).

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Hi @fossana and @James and Amy,

Many thanks for your feedback on this.

In my clumsy attempt to illustrate the recent rise in the level of Lake Powell, from its all-time low last year, I inadvertently showed satellite images from April 2023 and June 2024, which is clearly not an 'apples to apples' comparison.

I should have used a direct 12-month comparison, as you both correctly point out. My apologies for that.

I have edited the original post accordingly.
Thanks for being conscientious, and sorry to be pushy on the data. I follow the CO River situation closely.