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Lake Powell & Glen Canyon

One of the most popular lakes in Arizona, Lake Powell is a narrow, 186-mile-long body set amid the deep canyons, rocky outcrops and spectacular scenery of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Formed by one of the world’s highest dams and the waters of the Colorado River, the lake boasts a surface area of 162,700 acres and 1,960 miles of meandering shoreline – making it the perfect destination for fishing, water sports, houseboating and myriad other outdoor activities.

History & Nature

Millions of year ago, erosion from the Colorado River carved Glen Canyon, which straddles the border between modern-day Arizona and Utah. A combination of volcanic lava, erosion and wind then created the rock formations surrounding the canyon.

In the early 1960s, Glen Canyon Dam was constructed, flooding the region above the dam where the Escalante, San Juan and Colorado rivers merged and creating Lake Powell. It wasn’t until 17 years later the lake rose to its high water mark; since then, the lake level has altered with the changing of seasons.

Things to Do

Lake Powell is one of the best-known spots for fishing in Arizona, with an abundance of game fish thriving in its clear waters. From bass to crappie, walleye and catfish, Lake Powell fishing offers plenty of fun for anglers of all types.

Lake Powell houseboat rentals are another popular option for visitors. Wahweap Marina, located near Page, Arizona, is the largest marina on Lake Powell and a great place to rent a houseboat – as well as to find hotel and lodging options. Another option is Antelope Point Marina. You can also bring your boat – or rent one onsite – and head out onto the lake for waterskiing, wakeboarding or whatever adventure sports strike your fancy.

Hotels, Lodging & Camping

If you’re not staying on a houseboat, Lake Powell camping is an incredible way to enjoy the beauty of the shoreline during your stay. There is a National Park Service campground at Lees Ferry, as well as privately run campgrounds and a lodge at Wahweap Marina. Several hotels are available in Page, just a few miles away.

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PO Box 1507
Page, AZ 86040
(928) 608-6200

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