Lake Powell: Man-Made Reservoir

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Lake Powell is a man-made reservoir on the Colorado River in Utah and Arizona, United States.Glen Canyon Dam was built to regulate water availability for the seven states of the Colorado River Compact: Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, California and Nevada. Hydroelectricity and rad spring breaks are its other obvious benefits. It is a major vacation spot visited by approximately two million people every year.
  • Area658 km²
  • Catch Area: 280,586 km²
  • Surface Elevation: 1,113 m
  • Length: 299 km

The calm, blue waters of Lake Powell flow into the sandy beaches, adding swimming and boating to the hiking, camping, and sandstone vibrancy you’d expect in southern Utah. It’s called “America’s Lost National Park” because the flooded canyons so closely resemble the federal designations that surround it.

What To Do

ON LAND

  • Rainbow Bridge
  • Other hikes
  • Glen Canyon Dam & visitor center
  • Camping

ON WATER

 

  • Houseboating
  • Wakeboarding & waterskiing
  • Sea kayaking
  • Cathedral in the Desert
  • Marinas
  • Fishing
  • Boat tours

Where to Stay

  • BirdHouse: 707 north navajo drive, page, AZ 86040
  • Ranch House Grille: 819 N Navajo Dr, page, AZ 86040

Weather

Lake Powell can be visited in any season. Summers are of course most popular as water temperatures reach into the mid 70’s. Mornings are generally clear and calm, while afternoons often see winds kick up for short periods and sometimes rain. It’s generally hot, but you’re on the water. Though there are often heavy winds, the spring spawning makes for the best fishing of the year. Fall is almost always clear and bright. Boaters (mostly fishermen) use the lake in winter, which does not freeze except at its northernmost point.

Best time to visit

May – August, when the days are longer and the sunsets are unbeatable. Holiday weekends, spring break, and summertime are some of the busiest times to visit Lake Powell.

Cell phones work on Lake Powell as long as you have line of sight to Navajo Mountain.

How much does it cost to get into Lake Powell

There is a $30 entrance fee that admits one single, private, non-commercial vehicle and all its passengers and is valid for 7 consecutive days. The funds collected from entrance fees stay within the park and are used to enhance the experience of visiting the lake.

How Much Time To Stay

Looking to spend at least five days at Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas? There is so much to see and do. so our Lake Powell staff put together this sample 5-day itinerary that will sure to delight you and provide you with a vacation of a lifetime.

How to Go

The fastest way to travel between Bullfrog Marina and Halls Crossing Marina is to use the Charles Hall Ferry Service. To drive this distance it will take around 2 or more hours. By ferry it is 25 minutes. Enjoy the spectacular views of Lake Powell from the deck of the ferry as you are taken to your destination.

 

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