Rotting carcasses prompt closure of cove near camping area on Lake Powell

Tent camping at Lone Rock Beach in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, date not specified | Photo courtesy of the National Park Service, St. George News

GLEN CANYON NATIONAL RECREATION AREA — Officials are asking Memorial Day weekend visitors to Lake Powell’s Lone Rock Primitive Camping Area to practice safe hygiene and to avoid a nearby cove due to potential exposure to decaying cattle carcasses.

Map of Lone Rock Beach showing closure area near the Lone Rock Primitive Camping Area | Image courtesy of the National Park Service, St. George News

The closure area is located in Greenehaven Wash, in a cove directly south of the area known as the “sweet spot” at the Lone Rock Primitive Camping Area.

Officials closed the area Thursday after two cows became stuck in the mud.

“Despite efforts by ranchers and National Park Service personnel, the cattle could not be removed so had to be put down,” a news release by the National Park Service reads. “Because the Lake Powell water level is rising, the carcasses are now in the water.”

The area is closed to public access until further notice and is marked by yellow closure buoys. Kayakers who access the lake at the Stateline Boat Ramp are also advised to stay away from the closed area.

In anticipation of an influx of visitors to the area over the holiday weekend, park officials have also instituted a water quality advisory in effect for the Lone Rock Primitive Camping Area.

“As a standard precaution for possible water quality issues, users are advised to practice safe sanitation, wash their hands often, and shower after swimming,” the park-issued advisory reads. “Pet owners are also required to pick up and remove pet waste.”

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