The days you are referring to were all prior to Aramark's purchase of Del Webb. The concessionaire winds up being the face of the park for many NPS units and Aramark has lost interest in Lake Powell. Now we have to wait for the dance between NPS and Aramark to finish so that either NPS pays a bunch to fix up facilities or Aramark is bought out of their interests. Until that happens, Antelope Point appears to be the only place where a concessionaire is interested in investing in real improvements to the experience.This is the Lake Powell Issues page, so OK, I'm following up on my October 12 rant about Dangling Rope. I had stated that I thought the NPS needed to assign an activist administrator who loves Lake Powell and everything about it. Believe it or not, years ago Lake Powell was treasured by the NPS, and they ran it that way. For instance, they had a nice mid-lake facility in Forbidding Canyon, but it was a throughway to Rainbow Bridge that made the water too choppy and rough, so they made a wise decision and moved it to Dangling Rope Canyon. It was a modern, self contained facility with comfortable living quarters. Every year the dock was staffed with students from around the world who lived there and had the experience of a lifetime. The general store had the necessities (beer, sunscreen, fishing poles, T-shirts, food, soft ice cream, block and cubed ice), and if you had a mechanical issue you didn't have to worry, there was a boat repair facility right there on the dock. They even had big dual engine outboards that could come and get you in an emergency if you were stuck somewhere. And you could use the public telephone to make free calls anywhere in the world!
So when members of this forum say that Lake Powell activists are all haters, I beg to differ. There was a day when Lake Powell was a favored child of the NPS, and not the step child it is today.
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