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NEWS: Making the Cut: Lake Powell Boasts Higher Water, Lower Prices

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Lake Powell/Castle Rock Cut courtesy Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas

Lake Powell, Utah—As the U.S. copes with some of the worst floods in more than a decade, a hot tourism spot is seeing rising fortunes in its rising waters. Lake Powell, a reservoir on the Colorado River that straddles the Utah-Arizona border, saw a 50-foot rise in lake levels this summer. Because of this influx of water, Castle Rock Cut, a passage allowing boaters to access 12 miles of uplake destinations, is now open for the first time in five years. Visitors have noticed, Steve Ward, public relations director for Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas, told The Arizona Republic, “I saw the excitement building back in January and February, when a lot of us figured this was the year. As soon as it opened, our visitation took a big jump.”

Worth noting: A higher lake need not mean higher prices, and it doesn’t. In fact, through December 31st, visitors enjoy discounts on houseboat (20 percent) and powerboat (50 percent) rentals, and can save as much as $1,000 on their final tank of gas. See the Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas site for details. — Amy Frye