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Additional boat ramp closures announced at Utah State Parks

Photo: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

SALT LAKE CITY — Due to low water levels, two more state parks closed their boat ramps Friday.

Willard Bay State Park has now closed both of its ramps. Also Millsite State Park closed its ramp due to the water shortage.

As of Friday, seven boat ramps around the state have been closed due to the drought conditions. Another six of them are under an advisory designation, meaning the boat ramp is at risk of closing soon.

Individuals are asked before heading out to the lake for a day on the water to visit the Utah State Parks website for the status on that park’s boat ramp.

Low water levels may make navigating the boat more difficult. As such, boaters are asked to follow all of Utah’s boating laws, safety practices and rules.

  • Checking reservoir and boat ramp status before getting on the road
  • Operating at a wakeless speed within 150-feet of another vessel, fishing dock, swimmer, etc.
  • Following the rules on common waterway markers
  • Ensuring children are wearing appropriate USCG approved life jackets and you are following all life jacket laws
  • Ensuring children have taken appropriate education courses before operating a vessel
  • Not operating a vessel under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  •  Avoid boating at night. It is always extremely dangerous and should be avoided if possible
  • Not swimming around boats that have engines or generators running due to the risk of propeller cuts and carbon monoxide poisoning

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