Camping at Lake Powell

Camping at Lake Powell
Located on the border of Utah and Arizona, Lake Powell is a mecca for boaters, waterskiers, campers and hikers. There is also a rich history at Lake Powell, and curious travelers will find plenty of information (and perhaps a few tall tales) at the John Wesley Powell Museum. Check out the world's largest natural bridge, tour the dam, fish for bass or explore the canyons in a kayak. At Lake Powell, there is something for every outdoor enthusiast.


The most popular way to stay overnight at Lake Powell is on a houseboat. Camp in the lap of luxury with air conditioning, a galley kitchen and a nice, comfortable mattress. You can rent a houseboat at the lake and enjoy anything from a 75 foot luxury home to a more wallet-friendly 46 foot boat. Sleep onboard, then jump on the waterslide and take a dip in the lake first thing in the morning. Most houseboats are equipped with on-board waterslides.

Camp on Your Own Boat

Overnight boat camping is allowed at Lake Powell. You must pay the entrance fee for the National Recreation Area. Boat campers should have their own toilet facilities. Shoreline campfires are allowed, but campers are responsible for cleaning up the ashes. Remember to remove all of your trash when you leave.

Public Campgrounds

There are public campgrounds with restroom facilities at Wahweap, Halls Crossing and Bullfrog marinas. There is a small fee to camp overnight at these campgrounds. Hite marina also has a small campground that is undeveloped. The other two marinas, Dangling Rope and Antelope Point offer fuel, restrooms and small convenience stores.

Hike In

The Glen Canyon area offers some amazing hiking trails, scenic views and exhilarating slot canyons. You can backpack in along a number of trails and stay overnight, but will need a permit and camping reservation. Fires are not allowed, nor are pets. The Orange Cliffs Area of Glen Canyon is a rugged area, but is carefully protected by the National Park Service to maintain its beauty.

Beach Camping

You can camp along the shoreline on the beach or in the dunes. There are no developed campsites, but some toilet facilities exist. You may build a fire, but are required to keep it within a four-foot area. There is a small fee and some areas enforce a quiet time between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

Getting There

Wahweap is found three miles north of Page, Arizona along Highway 89.

Antelope Point is three miles east of Page, Arizona on Highway 89, turn north on BIA Highway N22B to the marina.

Lees Ferry is on Highway 89A, 45 miles southwest of Page, Arizona.

Lone Rock Beach is 12 miles north of Page, Arizona on Highway 89 at the Utah/Arizona border.

Bullfrog, Utah is located on Utah Highway 276.

The John Wesley Powell Museum is located in Page, Arizona at #6 N. Lake Powell Blvd.
(corner of N. Lake Powell Blvd. and North Navajo Drive)

Article Written By Cate Rushton

Cate Rushton has been a freelance writer since 1999, specializing in wildlife and outdoor activities. Her published works also cover relationships, gardening and travel on various websites. Rushton holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Utah.

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