Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Clean Water

Clean water is one of Lake Powell's most valuable resources. Because Glen Canyon National Recreation Area attracts nearly 2 million visitors each year, the threat of pollution is a constant concern. The disposal of human (and pet) waste is a primary problem. Lake water is monitored for bacterial levels and certain areas of the lake may periodically be closed to swimming because of bacterial contamination from feces. These areas are posted with "No Swimming" signs. The water in the lake is not safe to drink at any time unless it is boiled first.

It is extremely important for you, the visitor, to help keep Lake Powell's water clean by following these simple steps:

Contain all solid waste in a portable toilet (that can be emptied into boat pump-outs or dump stations), marine vessel toilet or self-contained toilet. Anyone camping within one-quarter mile (0.5 km) of Lake Powell is required to carry and use a portable toilet unless their boats or campers are self-contained or unless toilet facilities are available within 200 yards (188m) of where they are camping. There are regular checks for compliance. Some designated campgrounds may have non-flushing toilets available. There are eight floating restrooms/dump/pump-out stations, all located near popular beach camping areas. (See foldout map.)

Dispose of human waste in designated pump-out or dump stations only, using appropriate portable toilets. Plastic bags are not allowed. It is prohibited to dump human waste from containers into rest-room facility toilets or into anything other than the designated facilities within the recreation area.

• Pick up and properly dispose of all pet waste left within a quarter-mile of Lake Powell's shore (required by the National Park Service).

Bag garbage and pack it out. Do not put any garbage in the lake or bury it onshore. This includes cigarette butts, apple cores or other food remains as well as coals from charcoal or wood fires. Note: Desert soils lack sufficient bacteria, fungi and moisture to efficiently decompose buried organic materials.

Report illegal dumping to the National Park Service in person or by calling (800) 582-4351.