Decaying carcasses prompt closing of swimming hole


A popular swimming area on Lake Powell has been closed, forcing tourists and locals to seek other swimming holes on the lake this Memorial Day weekend.

According to the park’s representative Mary Plumb, two cows became stuck in the mud south of an area locals call the “sweet spot,” which is small cove near the Lone Rock Primitive Camping Area in Greenehaven Wash.

She said despite rescue efforts by ranchers and park personnel, the cattle could not be removed and had to be “put down.”

The carcasses were left where they were euthanized in the lake due to rising water levels.

“The area is closed to public access until further notice,” Plumb wrote.

Kayakers who access the lake at the Stateline Boat Ramp are also advised to stay away from the closed area, which is marked by yellow closure buoys.

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Cindy Yurth

Cindy Yurth is the Tséyi' Bureau reporter, covering the Central Agency of the Navajo Nation. Her other beats include agriculture and Arizona state politics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University with a cognate in geology. She has been in the news business since 1980 and with the Navajo Times since 2005, and is the author of “Exploring the Navajo Nation Chapter by Chapter.” She can be reached at