Katie Lee, Colorado River Activist, Dies at Age 98

Nov 2, 2017

Arizona singer, artist, and environmental activist Katie Lee has died at age 98. She was known in many boating and outdoor recreation circles for her love and advocacy for the Colorado River. She told KSJD about her connection to the river in 2014.


“When I saw Glen Canyon, in ‘54, I knew that I belonged in that place,” she said.

After the Glen Canyon Dam was finished in 1963, Lee spent the rest of her life advocating for its removal. Her life and advocacy were the subject of the 2016 short film “Kick-Ass Katie Lee.” According to a press release written by her friend, Lee died in her sleep at her home in Jerome, Arizona on Wednesday.