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Lake Information for Lake Powell


Lake Powell is a man-made reservoir on the Colorado River, straddling the border between Utah and Arizona. It is the second largest man-made reservoir in the United States behind Lake Mead, storing 24,322,000 acre feet (30 km³) of water when full. Lake Powell was created by the flooding of Glen Canyon by the controversial Glen Canyon Dam, which also led to the creation of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, a popular summer destination. The reservoir is named for explorer John Wesley Powell, a one-armed American Civil War veteran who explored the river via three wooden boats in 1869. In 1972, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area was established. It is public land managed by the National Park Service, and available to the public for recreational purposes.

Lake Powell is a storage facility for the Upper Basin states of the Colorado River Compact (Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and New Mexico). The Compact specifies that the Upper Basin states are to provide a minimum annual flow of 8.23 million acre feet (10 km³) to the Lower Basin states (Arizona, Nevada, and California).

Facilities and Parks: 

Because most of the lake is surrounded by steep sandstone walls, access to the lake is limited to developed marinas:

1. Lees Ferry Subdistrict
2. Page/Wahweap Marina
3. Antelope Point Marina
4. Halls Crossing, Utah Marina
5. Bullfrog Marina
6. Hite Marina

The following marinas are accessible only by boat:

1. Dangling Rope Marina
2. Rainbow Bridge National Monument
3. Escalante Subdistrict

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area draws more than two million visitors annually. Recreational activities include boating, fishing, waterskiing, jet-skiing, and hiking. Prepared campgrounds can be found at each marina, but many visitors choose to rent a houseboat or bring their own camping equipment, find a secluded spot somewhere in the canyons, and make their own camp (there are no restrictions on where visitors can stay). Anyone who camps further than a quarter of a mile from a marina, however, must bring a porta-potty. The burying of human waste in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is prohibited. Pet waste must also be packed out.

Fishing Description: 

* Largemouth Bass
* Smallmouth Bass
* Striped Bass
* Crappie
* Sunfish
* Catfish (Channel)
* Northern Pike
* Walleye

Directions to Lake: 

The southwestern end of Lake Powell in Arizona can be accessed via U.S. Route 89 and State Route 98. State Route 95 and State Route 276 lead to the northeastern end of the lake in Utah.

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Striped Bass
Bass Family
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Businesses Located Nearby

Boat Rental

    H20 Zone PWC Rentals & Repair
  • 136 6th Ave - Page, AZ
  • (928) 645-3121
    B & T Marine
  • 803 Vista Ave - Page, AZ
  • (928) 645-2599
    Skylite Boat Rentals
  • 455 Independence Rd - Big Water, UT
  • (435) 675-3795

Vacation Rental

    Quality Inn at Lake Powell
  • 287 N Lake Powell Blvd - Page, AZ
    Rodeway Inn
  • 107 S Lake Powell Blvd - Page, AZ
    Holiday Inn Express Page-Lake Powell Hotel
  • 751 S Navajo Dr - Page, AZ
  • (877) 786-9480

Bar and Restaurant

    Courtyard Marriott Lake Powell
  • 600 Clubhouse Dr - Page, AZ
  • (928) 645-5000
    Glen Canyon Steak House
  • 201 N Lake Powell Blvd - Page, AZ
  • (928) 645-3363

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