10/11/2013 3:48:00 PM Lake Powell to reopen Saturday
The federal government shutdown had locked the gates at Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon Recreation Area.
Glen Canyon Recreation Area and Lake Powell will reopen beginning Saturday, Oct. 12.
Under an agreement reached Thursday between the State of Utah and the U.S. Department of the Interior, Glen Canyon and Lake Powell will receive funding to reopen Coconino County's two destinations this weekend. The agreement comes after Coconino County officials participated in phone calls with multiple Utah counties, U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick and letters sent to our Arizona Congressional Delegation.
"Glen Canyon and Lake Powell are two of the County's premiere destinations for locals and tourists from around the world," said County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Liz Archuleta. "We are encouraged that this agreement with the Department of Interior was reached to reopen these areas."
Through the agreement, the recreation area from Lees Ferry north to the Glen Canyon Dam will reopen to visitors. The Colorado River south of Lees Ferry through the Grand Canyon will remain closed.
"Because of the federal shutdown, more than 600 local employees were out of work," said District 5 Supervisor Lena Fowler, whose district includes Glen Canyon, Lake Powell and Page. "The County has worked tirelessly since the shutdown to show our national leaders how our communities are being impacted. With the park and lake reopening, our local businesses, motels and fishing guides can put their employees back to work before the end of the busy tourist season."