|Lake Powell from Wahweap Point, Arizona|
|Jet skiers and fishermen love the narrow canyons|
|Glen Canyon Dam, the third highest dam in the country|
|Horseshoe Bend, Page, Arizona|
Lake Wicwas may have some concerns with indigenous plants and animals, but nothing like what the Glen Canyon dam has created. It devastated the indigenous plants and animals both above and below the dam, and has allowed non-native species to totally take over. Carp and stripped bass are plentiful in the lake now.
I was surprised to learn that even below the dam the river was altered, as the lack of silt flowing in the river (the lake catches it all) allows more light to penetrate the water, letting algae and other plants flourish, creating the green water below the dam.
|A river tour stop below the dam|
|The confluence of the Paria and Colorado River|
|Colorado water on the left, Paria water on the right|
A few miles farther downstream, at Navajo Bridge, the mixing was nearly complete, and the Colorado had returned to the color that that gives the river its name.
|The Colorado River at Navajo Bridge, Marble Canyon, Utah|
|Final mixing of the two Rivers|
And what would a Lake Wicwas blog be without at least one wildlife shot (real wildlife, not invasive fishes!) and a look at the lake in peak foliage season!
|Plateau Fence Lizard (Sceloporus tristichus) at the rim of the Colorado River|
|Lake Wicwas in its fall colors - photo by Marge Thorpe|