Tuesday, September 10, 2002
Team South is enjoying the sights along Lake Powell and listening to presentations by USGS biologists on resource management issues and on the native fish species of the Colorado River Basin. As far as classrooms go, the houseboat is a pretty luxurious one and Lake Powell is quite a schoolhouse.
Named after famed explorer John Wesley Powell who first explored the Colorado River in 1869, the lake covers 161,390 acres when at full capacity. It is 186 miles long and has more than 1,600 miles of shoreline. The lake and parts of the surrounding area, a total of 1,236,885 acres, were designated as Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in 1972. More than four million people visit the lake each year to boat, fish, swim, or hike. Although Glen Canyon Dam was built and is operated by the Bureau of Reclamation, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is managed by the National Park Service.