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Recreation at risk as Lake Powell dips to historic low

Posted at 7:27 AM, Aug 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-06 10:27:58-04

PAGE, Ariz. (AP) — 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.

The milestone reached last week has closed boat ramps and forced some houseboats off the water, leaving tourists and businesses scrambling. Houseboat-rental companies had to cancel their bookings through August, one of their most popular months, after the National Park Service banned people from launching the vessels in July.

Lake Powell is the second-largest reservoir in the United States, right behind Nevada’s Lake Mead, which also stores water from the Colorado River. Both are shrinking faster than expected.