Glen Canyon National Recreation Area ( Lake Powell )

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Lake Powell

Lake Powell was formed with the construction of the Glen Canyon dam in 1963. Lake Powell stretches for 186 miles, making it the second largest man made lake in the United States. With 1960 miles of shore line and 96 major side canyons, the activities at Lake Powell are endless. In mid summer Lake Powell's water temperature pushes 80 degrees, making water activities the most popular. Hiking, mountain biking and scenic drives are other ways to enjoy Lake Powell.


Lake Powell is a boaters paradise. With 96 side canyons and 186 + miles of water your boating opportunities are endless. With the size of Powell its easy to pack up the boat with camping gear and go find one of those out of the way sandy beaches and enjoy solitude. With calm waters and not much boat traffic, side canyons make a great place to water ski and camp. Due to lake elevations on Lake Powell each boating trip will offer new changes in scenery and also new dangers. With changing lake levels submerged rocks may exist in areas where they weren't a problem before. Always use extreme caution when outside of the main channel. Rocks or other under water obstacles are not marked. Always practice safe boating and be respectful to other boaters on the water. Five marinas provide gas, food and other essentials for boaters on Lake Powell. 

Mountain Biking:

The backcountry and primitive roads of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area are a great way to enjoy the scenery of the Colorado Plateau. Mountain biking trails are offered in the following areas, Wahweap, Bullfrog/Escalante, Halls Crossing/San Juan, and Orange Cliffs.


Several hiking trails are available at Lake Powell for those who want to explore Powell on foot. Wahweap Marina offers a day hike that over looks the Colorado River and the Glen Canyon Dam.

The canyons of the Escalante offer some of the best back country hiking. Hikers must be experienced in the use of maps and a compass and thoroughly familiar with the techniques of canyon and slickrock hiking.

The Orange Cliffs portion of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, bordered by Canyonlands National Park also offers fantastic hiking opportunities.


Fishing is year around activity at Lake Powell. Many species of fish can be targeted and caught such as; Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Black Crappie, Walleye, Channel Catfish and Bluegill Sunfish. For updated fishing reports click here.

Lake Powell

More Information:

Glen Canyon NRA

PO Box 1507

Page, Arizona 86040

Park Headquarters: (928)608-6200

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