McPhee Reservoir and San Juan National Forest officials are proposing to open the McPhee boat ramp two weeks earlier in mid-April for the 2018 motorized boating season.
But in order to do so, the House Creek boat ramp will close down by Sept. 30, a month early. The McPhee motorized season was shortened in 2016 due to the threat of quagga and zebra mussels, which have infested nearby waterways, including Lake Powell.
A new policy requires that all motorized and trailered boats be inspected and decontaminated at the McPhee and House Creek boat ramps during the hours of inspection stations. The mussel larvae can survive for weeks in the ballast of boats and engine compartments. Click on the following paragraph to access the full story.
Forest recreation manager Tom Rice explained that based on user data, opening up the McPhee boat ramp earlier in spring would better serve the recreation public. “We have a limited budget for boat inspection stations, and there is not much use at the House Creek boat ramp in October,” he said. “This is an opportunity to open the lake up earlier.”