Lake Powell's elevation reached 3,620 feet Wednesday and is expected to continue rising. At this elevation, boat passage on the Castle Rock Cut has been deemed safe. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area announced the official opening to boat travel Friday.

Castle Rock Cut has been closed since 2003 due to low water levels. However, with the reopening, boaters will be able to travel between Wahweap and Warm Creek bays to reach popular upper-lake destinations, saving a 12-mile trip through The Narrows.

The National Park Service placed buoys to mark the channel from Wahweap to the junction of Warm Creek and the main river channel. The cut is marked as a no-wake zone.