Lake Powell is the second-largest reservoir in the nation by capacity and began to fill with Colorado River water in the 1960s with the completion of Glen Canyon Dam.
The ongoing megadrought and human demands upon the river have caused Lake Powell’s elevation to plummet to levels not seen since the days when the reservoir was filling for the first time. The precipitous drop in the reservoir has threatened hydropower at the dam and led the federal government to demand significant water cutbacks among the seven states of the Colorado River Basin.
The Hite Marina has been closed for many years due to low water levels in Lake Powell, and its boat ramp now lies far from the water.
The Hite Crossing Bridge, which opened in 1966, is one of the only places to cross the Colorado River in southeast Utah.
“The bridge is the only automobile bridge spanning the Colorado River between the Glen Canyon Bridge, 185 miles (298 km) downstream near the Glen Canyon Dam and the U.S. Route 191 bridge 110 miles (180 km) upstream near Moab,” according to Wikipedia.
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