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Size: 162,700 Acres


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Lake Powell
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Lake Powell
Description - Lake Powell, the focal point of Glen Canyon National Recreation area, is situated in setting of deep canyons, rock outcrops and spectacular scenery. Formed by one of the world's highest dams and the waters of the Colorado River, the lake stretches for 186 miles along the Colorado River channel, covers a surface area of 162,700-acres and boasts 1,960 miles of shoreline. Glen Canyon is so massive that the lake took 20 years to fill after the dam was completed.

Attractions - Lake Powell has created a new realm for fishermen. Before Glen Canyon Dam was built, the Colorado River was so full of silt that only carp, catfish, suckers, and the Colorado River squawfish could survive in its murky waters. Now, abundant game fish thrive in the clear waters of Lake Powell. Introduced species such as bass and crappie as well as walleye, bluegill, and catfish challenge the avid fisherman. Fishing below the dam is popular, but access is difficult.

Fishing in the waters of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in any manner other than hook and line (bow and arrow, crossbow, snare, gig, spear, spear gun, net, etc.) is prohibited. Chumming is allowed only for striped bass and only with dead anchovies. All other Arizona or Utah fishing regulations apply. Liscenses can be purchased at all marinas.

Concessionaires provide such services as food, lodging, boat rental, boat tours, etc. at all five marina sites on the lake (Wahweap and Bullfrog are the only two marinas with full services). They do not provide any services at Lees Ferry, in the Orange Cliffs, or in Escalante.

Wahweap Marina, located near Page, Arizona, is the largest marina site on Lake Powell. It offers a wide variety of visitor services and opportunities for recreation. The city of Page also offers numerous visitor services and is the site of Glen Canyon Dam.

Bullfrog Marina is approximately 95 miles (153km) uplake from Glen Canyon Dam, with the Waterpocket Fold on one side and the Henry Mountains on the other. It offers the largest array of services of any of the uplake marinas.

Halls Crossing was a place well-known on the Colorado River long before the creation of Lake Powell. It was the site of a popular river crossing for many years. Today, Halls Crossing Marina, located on the eastern shores of Lake Powell across from the Bullfrog Marina, offers many services to visitors.

At Hite Marina, near the upper end of the lake, visitors launch power boats from the launch ramp, explore the lake and river canyons, and camp along the shores. A modern highway now crosses the Colorado and Dirty Devil Rivers on steel-girded bridges.

Dangling Rope Marina, 40 miles (64km) uplake from Glen Canyon Dam, replaces the marina that was formerly in Forbidden Canyon near Rainbow Bridge National Monument. This marina is accessible only by water. At Dangling Rope, the National Park Service provides a ranger station, restrooms, free boat pump-out station, and emergency communications. During the summer season, interpretive rangers are stationed at nearby Rainbow Bridge National Monument.

Several opportunities for camping and lodging are available for visitors to the recreation area. There is a lodge at Wahweap and one at Bullfrog. There is a National Park Service campground at Lees Ferry and concessioner operated campgrounds are available in Wahweap, Bullfrog and Halls Crossing on a first-come, first served basis. RV campgrounds are available at Wahweap, Bullfrog and Halls Crossing. Primitive camping is available at the following vehicle accessible shore line areas: Lone Rock (Wahweap area), Stanton Creek, Bullfrog North & South, Hite and Farley Canyon (Hite area). These sites have no facilities except for pit toilets. Shore line camping outside developed areas is possible lake-wide (campers must have self-contained or portable toilets).

Leaving anything, including human and pet wastes, on the shores or in the waters of Lake Powell is unacceptable and illegal. Solid wastes, not urine, are the problem.

Recreation - Lake Powell extends nearly 200 miles and provides ample room outdoor recreation activities. Popular activities in and around Lake Powell include fishing, boating, boat camping, water-based recreation, summer ranger programs, half and full-day tours to Rainbow Bridge, four-wheeling on some of the park's backroads, backpacking in the Escalante or Orange Cliffs, and exploring the lake's numerous side canyons by boat.

Climate - Summers are extremely hot, with little, if any, shade. Winters are moderately cold with night time lows often below freezing. Spring weather is highly variable with extended periods of winds. Fall weather is usually mild. Temperatures range from 110° F (38°C) in June & July to O° F (-16°C) in December & January. Precipitation is generally light (less than 6 inches--15.2cm-- annually) though heavy rains and flash flooding can occur in spring and summer. Recommend lightweight, light colored clothing for summer, including a hat. Layers of clothing are best for other times of the year.

Location - Glen Canyon National Recreation Area extends over 200 miles in southern Utah and northern Arizona. Lees Ferry and the Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center is located on Arizona Highway 89A. Carl Hayden Visitor Center in Page, Az is on Highway 89. The Bullfrog Visitor Center is located on Utah Highway 276. Halls Crossing is also reached by Highway 276. Hite is located just off Utah Highway 95.

The primary form of transportation within the park is by boat. Except for Lakeshore Drive in Wahweap, there is virtually no hard-surfaced road which offers access to or view of the lake outside the developed marinas. In-park shuttle services are available at Wahweap, Bullfrog, Halls Crossing, and Hite.


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Filed By: David Constancio (Riverside, Ca)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Had planned to Boat camp for two days on Powell outside of Hall's Crossing,But got a late start from Blue Mesa and didn't get there till late Friday. Weather was great in high 90's with a little wind in afternoon. Had Boat trouble first day 09/11/04 but got plenty of help from people on lake . Traced it down to bad ground wire and we finished the trip under our own power....Didn't fish but talked to alot of people who did and all were catching something ....Went all the way to Dangling rope and camped about 5 miles from there in Dungeon Canyon. Lowest I have see lake in 15 years but still alot of water ...Launch ramp at Halls was ok for 2 at a time but look outwhen Ferry comes in...Rained on us Saturday night but was clear all day Sunday...Gas was over priced but the trip is always worth it!!!!


Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Boat Launching Bullfrog, Halls Crossing, Waheap and Hite Marina's all offer boat launching facilities.
Yes
ICON Boating Bullfrog, Halls Crossing, Waheap and Hite Marina's all offer boat launching facilities and boat rentals.
Yes
ICON Fishing Bass and crappie as well as walleye, bluegill, and catfish challenge fisherman.
Yes
ICON Swimming & Waterplay Swimming and watersports opportunities are nearly endless in Lake Powell.
Yes


More Information

Contact Information:
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, P.O. Box 1507 , Page, UT, 86040-1507, Phone: 928-608-6404

Additional Information:
Arizona Lakes and Reservoirs - The reservoirs and lakes in Arizona provide excellent water based recreational opportunities in this otherwise arid state. The water, combined with a typically warm climate makes the lakes and reservoirs very popular.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area - Glen Canyon National Recreation Area offers unparalleled opportunities for water-based and backcountry recreation. Lake Powell, the focal point of Glen Canyon National Recreation area covers a huge surface area of 162,700-acres.
Utah Reservoirs - Included here are short descriptions of many of the large reservoirs in Utah. Many of these reservoirs are part of State Parks and more information can be found under the Utah State Parks listing.

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