Lake Powell, with its 1,960 miles of shoreline, straddles the Arizona-Utah border. Located within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Center, the 186-mile long lake offers sweeping scenic vistas and over 90 canyons to explore.
Where to Stay
The majority of the lake is in Utah, but the closest Arizona community is Page. Page, Arizona can be reached by air from Phoenix or by road.
Where to Dock
The largest full-service marina on Lake Powell is in Wahweap, Arizona. At Wahweap you can find lodging, food services, two campgrounds, laundry, showers and a service station.
Being a high desert area, summers are hot and don't offer much relief from the sun during daylight hours. Winter nights can be cold, and spring weather is often unpredictable and windy. Fall is the most pleasant time to visit, although heavy rains and flash flooding sometimes occurs during the summer and falls "monsoons.'' Glen Canyon National Recreation Center is open year-round, but many of the lake's marinas offer less services in the winter season.
Boating, fishing, kayaking, swimming and water sports are all popular on Lake Powell. Operators of personal watercraft must be at least 12 years old in Arizona and 18 in Utah.
The area's canyons offer prime opportunities for mountain biking, rappelling, horseback riding and hiking.
Article Written By Heather Carreiro
Heather Carreiro is a certified English teacher who has been writing since 2008. The editor of Matador Abroad, her work has appeared online at BootsnAll, Matador Network, GoNOMAD, Journey Beyond Travel and Expat Women. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is pursuing a Master of Arts in English at Bridgewater State University.