Glen Canyon Dam Information

Glen Canyon Dam Information
Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell are part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, which has many outdoor activities, including camping, hiking, boating, fishing and swimming. There are also guided tours available. See the link in Resources.




The Glen Canyon Dam is located in Arizona on the Colorado River. The Glen Canyon National Recreation Area also extends into Utah.


Construction on the Glen River Dam started in 1957 and was not completed until 1964. More than 5.3 million cubic yards of concrete were used to build it.


The construction of the Glen Canyon Dam created Lake Powell behind it. The lake is more than 180 miles long with almost 2,000 miles of shoreline.


Though Glen Canyon is open year-round, there are limited services for visitors in the winter months. You can purchase weekly or annual passes to use the facilities.

Fun Fact

Glen Canyon Dam is the second-largest dam in the United States, trailing only the Hoover Dam.


In Arizona, a person must be at least 12 years old to operate a personal watercraft alone. In Utah, the minimum age is 18, though 16- and 17-year-olds are permitted provided the operator has completed a boating education course.



Article Written By Mark Kennan

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