Photos: Hite Marina and Lake Powell, May 2021

This page features aerial photos of Hite Marina, the Hite Crossing Bridge, and Lake Powell in southeast Utah.

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.

The area is named for Cass Hite, a gold prospector who arrived in Glen Canyon in September 1883, according to the National Park Service, which manages Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Our free multimedia library also has aerial photos of Bullfrog Marina and Antelope Point Marina.

DateMay 2021
LocationHite Marina, Utah (map)
CreditAlexander Heilner/The Water Desk with aerial support from LightHawk
RightsFree to reuse under Creative Commons license.

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