Resource Stats

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  • LEES FERRY: GCNRA- GCNRA visitation was 2.27 million people in 2011; 178,922 in the Lees Ferry District (NPS 2012- CFMPEA pg 87)
  • Between 2009 and 2011, 8,048 people participated in guided fishing trips on the Colorado River in GCNRA, averaging 2,682 people per year during this period.
  • FISHING: Between 09-11, An average of 1,000 anglers visited Lees Ferry that did not use commercial guides and who fish from shore, bring their own boats, or rent boats (Anderson et al. 201)


  • (SOURCE: CFMP-EA_pg 87)
  • RAFTING: Approximately 50,000 visitors per year experience the Glen Canyon Reach on guided raft trips from GCD to Lees Ferry boat ramp operated by an NPS concessioner.
  • RAFTING: Approximately 24,000 visitors participate in commercial and noncommercial river trips each year.
  • The Colorado River Management Plan set a visitor capacity of 60 trips at one time (1,100 people) based on campsite size and location and other resource factors.
  • Durning peak summer months, a maximum SIX trips (motorized and non-motorized)launch each day.
  • Summer trips range from 6 to 16 days, and Maximum group size is 32 people.
  • Non-Motorized use period (Late September throught March)
  • Approximately 1/2 of trips launching at Lees Ferry terminate at Diamond Creek, and other trips terminate at Pearce Ferry.
  • Diamond Creek is located at river mile 225, and is accessible by a rad on the Hualapai reservation.
  • HUALAPAI RIVER RUNNERS: conduct one-day river trips from Diamond Creek to the Quartermaster Canyon areas near RM 263, where visitors debark and take helicopters to the rim.
  • Hualapai operate short pontoon trips near Quartermaster Canyon as well.
  • Visitor Use statistics for Hualapai river trips are not available.


  • (SOURCE: CFMP-EA_pg 88)
  • The Colorado River is a popular destination for many of Grand Canyon's 37,000 overnight backpackers and thousands of day hikers.
  • Approximately 56% of backpackers camp overnight in the popular Cross-canyon Corridor that includes three campgrounds and a trail system that links South Rim to North Rim.


  • GCNP- Glen Canyon National Park was visited by 4.36 million people in 2011 (NPS 2012)
  • Grand Canyon-
    • About 18,000 people visit the Grand Canyon daily in October
    • Nearly 5 million people visit the Grand Canyon Park each year, and 1,500 people call it home.

Source: Las Vegas Sun Article- LINK

  • Every $1 of federal investment in the national parks creates $4 of economic value to the public. [AMWG minutes_Feb 2015]




  • The Colorado River and its tributaries provide water to nearly 40 Million people for municipal use, supply water to irrigate nearly 5.5 million acres of land, and is the lifeblood for at least 22 federally recognized tribes, 7 National Wildlife Refuges, 4 National Recreation Areas, and 11 National Parks.

(SOURCE: Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study)


  • The average flow of the Colorado River is 15 million acre-feet. This compares with 16.5 million acre-feet for the Hudson River, 164 million for the Columbia, and 520 million for the Mississippi River. All except the Colorado routinely flow almost entirely into the oceans. - News Article-LINK


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  • Three of the seven states in the Colorado River Basin led the nation in population growth from 2000-2010. Nevada grew 35.1 percent, Arizona 24.6 percent and Utah 23.8 percent.
  • The four other states in the Basin––California, Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming––all showed double-digit growth. The region added more than 6.9 million people, accounting for one quarter of the nation's growth in the decade.
  • With about 65 million people, the seven Basin states account for around 20 percent of the U.S. population.


  • Hydropower facilities along the Colorado River provide more than 4,200 megawatts of electrical generating capacity, helping to meet the power needs of the West and offset the use of fossil fuels.

(SOURCE: Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study)


  • THE LARGEST OF THE LARGE-- Here’s a list of the largest man-made lakes in the nation by acre-feet of water volume as of Feb. 21,2014 according to federal records:
  • Getting to the bottom of Lake Mead’s shrinking reputation- LINK
    • 1. Lake Oahe, N.D. and S.D., 17.1 million volume, 23 million capacity
    • 2. Lake Sakakawea, N.D., 16 million volume, 23.5 million capacity
    • 3. Fort Peck Lake, Mont., 12.5 million volume, 19.1 million capacity
    • 4. Lake Mead, Nev. and Ariz., 12.5 million volume, 26.1 million capacity
    • 5. Lake Powell, Ariz. and Utah, 9.6 million volume, 24.3 million capacity


  • LV Review Journal_ Lake Mead_January 3, 2013: Liability issues hamper hiring outside parties__Wednesday, January 2nd

“Since 2000, 112 people have drowned in Lake Mead. A spokeswoman for the park service says all but five of those bodies have been recovered.”