Current Conditions – Updated 6/30/19
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*Southwest boardwalk of Rock Cliff is closed due to water damage. Other areas at Rock Cliff are open.
Day-Use: OPEN. The day-Use is open as well as the restrooms at both the PWC and Main Ramp. The CXT pit toilets are also available in the day use area.
Surface: The runoff has started and the debris is everywhere in the water. Please use extreme caution when boating. Watch out for floating debris!
Launch Ramps: The courtesy docks have been installed at the main ramp and the PWC ramp. The Rock Cliff boat ramp is now in the water. The Ross Creek non-motorized boat ramp is open for use an in the water. Remember, this is for non-motorized use only!
If you’re targeting trout, try using 2 5/8-inch silver or hammered gold/silver Williams Wabler spoons, 1/2-ounce nickel/chartreuse or gold/fluorescent red Acme K.O. Wobbler spoons, 1/4- to 3/8-ounce silver shiner or black chartreuse candy Blue Fox Vibrax spinners, or 1/4- to 1/2-ounce nickel/blue or nickel/chartreuse Acme Kastmaster lures. Also, try using garlic/chartreuse PowerBait or night crawler with a marshmallow fished 18- to 24-inches off the bottom using a fixed or slip sinker rig, or nightcrawler or mealworm fished 20- to 30-inches below a bobber.
If you’re targeting smallmouth, try using green/pumpkin, watermelon/red, or smoke stick baits on a ned rig, Texas rig, or weedless wacky rig. Anglers have reported success around both Hailstone and personal water craft (PWC) boat ramps.
If you’re targeting kokanee, try trolling the main stem of the reservoir near Hailstone at 1.2- to 1.5-mph. Anglers report success running down-riggers at a depth of 20- to 25-feet using either pop gear and corn, or a four-inch dodger or flasher with white, green or pink squids on a 20- to 30-inch leader, tipping the squid with pink or natural white Berkley Gulp Maggots.
If you’re targeting wiper, try using mussels, or white tube jig tipped with a nightcrawler fished 24- to 36-inches below a bobber. Also, try using white or chartreuse 3/4-ounce bucktail jigs, 1/2-ounce blade spinnerbaits, bleeding shiner or nickel Heddon Super Spook Jr. lures, or black or frog white belly 2 1/2-inch Arbogast Jointed Jitterbug lures. Anglers have also reported success vertical jigging from a boat using spoons tipped with a nightcrawler or 1/4-ounce jig heads with 2 1/2- to 3-inch curly tail grubs.
ALERT: The Nature Center and campground at Rock Cliff are closed due to flooding. The boat ramp and trailhead will remain open.
You must self-decontaminate for Aquatic Invasive Species/mussels if you have been to contaminated water including Lake Powell. You must be dry for 7 days in the summer for simple boats like sailboats and non-motorized vessels (ex. paddle boards) or be professionally decontaminated before you launch at another water body. If you have a more complex boat with ballast tanks or in/outboard motors with unverified water, it’s 30 days of dry time regardless of the time of year or professionally decontaminated before you launch at another water body.
We now AIS staff around 7 days a week for decontaminations. Please contact the park to make an appointment if you need to be professionally decontaminated. If you have been to Lake Powell and your boat has ballast tanks, you must be decontaminated regardless of the time the boat has been out of the water. This is due to the major infestation at Powell. Mussels are appearing on boats that are there less than a week. 435-649-9540.
Go to www.stdofthesea.com for more information.