|PAGE, Ariz. – Visitors to Glen Canyon
National Recreation Area now have the opportunity to see
the endangered bonytail fish up close and personal at
the Carl Hayden Visitor Center.
The National Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation,
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Utah Division of
Wildlife Resources recently installed a new aquarium
exhibit featuring the fish. The exhibit is intended to
educate visitors about endangered species and the
recovery program for the fish.
The bonytail is native to the Colorado River and its
tributaries. This minnow is the rarest of all fish
species in the Colorado River basin, with no known
reproducing populations in the wild.
Bonytail are raised by the Utah Division of Wildlife
Resources at the Wahweap Fish Hatchery near Big Water,
Utah. Bonytail raised at this hatchery are stocked into
the Colorado River upstream of Lake Powell in an attempt
to re-establish breeding populations.
The Carl Hayden Visitor Center is located at the Glen
Canyon Dam, near Page Arizona. Currently, the visitor
center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.