UTAH LAKE CLOSED
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Park Manager Jason Allen sends out e-mail information, July 16, 2016:
I would like to begin with an apology about not providing updates throughout the summer about the various issues that have affected Utah Lake State Park and you as slip renters.
So, what I would like to do is provide the latest up to date info about various issues so you can make the best decision for yourself and your vessel.
1. Utah Lake is closed to all recreational activities, including sailing and water skiing. This closure will remain in affect till the lake gets a clean bill of health. I have no idea how long this could be. Days, weeks, or worst case scenario the entire rest of the season.
The park has placed barricades at the top of each ramp to prevent any launching of vessels. Now that being said, if you would contact the park or myself and set up a time we can lower the cables for vessel recoveries. As in if you wish to pull your vessel and call it quiets let me know and I will lower the cable so you can remove your vessel.
2. The lake level also continues to drop. We are already past where we were last year around Labor Day. The below link is a website for the local water conservancy district. They monitor the lake level on an hourly basis. Long story short is we have around 3.5 ft left in the marina and the ramps are getting short. So if you need deep water to pull your vessel without a crane I would strongly suggest getting your vessel out ASAP.
While on the crane issue. The park has allowed crane removal in the past but the crane left large divots in the lawn and actually broke several irrigation lines. We need to avoid this as much as possible this year because of the time and cost that adds up on the park. Please plan your vessel removal accordingly.
You will also see a link to the local water ski club. They have been tracking lake levels since the early 90's and I think some of you may find it useful to predict where the lake level is heading and last time we were at such a level.
3. I recently received a post card from the Army Corp of Engineers stating that they have received our application to dredge the marina and we have been assigned a case number. So we are one step closer to getting this marina dropped 3 ft then we have ever been. We are now looking at a winter dredge and the goal will be to have everything put back together by April 1st of next year. Now I know this has already been changed several times but I am trying to stay optimistic that this will be the date that will stick. Keep your fingers crossed.
If you notice or hear of anyone not receiving this email that might benefit feel free to forward it to them. Some of the handwriting I had to interpret has made me doubt that everyone will get it.
That is all I have for now, but if you have any questions just hit reply and I will do my best to get them answered.
Central Utah Water Conservancy District
Utah Lake Water Ski Club
This closure obviously impacts our sailing school business.
We apologize to our valued customers whose sailing experience has been cut short.
We have explored continuing on at Deer Creek, but have received no encouragement there.
Solutions do not appear to be quick or easy, but we will continue to try to find a solution
for those who want to live their sailing dreams.
Bonneville School of Sailing will be arranging for the ramps to be opened,
for vessel removal, this Wednesday, July 20, probably early morning.
Feel free to join us if you need assistance with your haul-out.
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