Recreation abounds at Lake Powell and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Aside from the Lake itself, the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area offers hiking, biking, canyoneering, fishing, and all types of boating. Other must sees in the Lake Powell area include Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon.
Tours at Lake Powell
Smoothwater Rafting - One Day Tour in Lake Powell Area
Beyond Canyons - 3 Day Tour including Lake Powell)
Beyond Red Rocks - 4 Day Tour including Lake Powell)
Beyond Hoodoos - 5 Day Tour including Lake Powell)
Beyond Monuments - 6 Day Tour including Lake Powell)
Beyond Utah - 7 Day Tour including Lake Powell)
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Where Is Lake Powell?
Lees Ferry and the Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center are located on Arizona Highway 89A. The Carl Hayden Visitor Center in Page, Az is on Highway 89. The Bullfrog Visitor Center is located on Utah Highway 276. Halls Crossing is also reached by Highway 276. Hite is located just off Utah Highway 95.
When Should I Go & What’s The Weather Like?
Early Fall is the best time to see Lake Powell, as the crowds have dispersed and the water is still warm. However, with so many recreation opportunities available, any season promises a great time at the lake.
Spring (March - May) can be very windy and the water is cold. Spring weather is unpredictable and a there can be cold days well into March. Summer (June-August) tends to be very hot and very crowded. Fall (Sept-Nov) September is great at Lake Powell. It's not so hot and the water yet the water is still warm. September usually sees a lot of rain, but the crowds have thinned out. Depending on the weather, early October can be wonderful on the lake.
Average water temperatures fluctuate from 46 degrees F in February to an 80 degrees F in August. Cold water months: January, 47; March, 52; December, 53; April 54; November 62. Warmest water months: July and September, 76; June, 70; May, 64, October, 69.
What’s There To Do?
On the Lake
Houseboats are extremely popular, as are other smaller boats and jet skis. There are four marinas available for launching, and rentals are available from park concessions. Kayaking is another great way to explore all the inlets and coves of Lake Powell in quiet serenity.
The fishing is great here. Introduced species include walleye, bass, bluegill, catfish and crappie. It is necessary to have a fishing license for Utah and/or Arizona depending on where you are. Visit Wayneswords.com for fishing regulations and updated information about fishing conditions on the lake.
Off the Lake
Water is not the only jewel at Lake Powell. There are also abundant opportunities for great backcountry hiking, mountain biking and photography. See below for other nearby can't miss spots.
Emerald green water meandering about a striking rock formation... photos just don't do this sight justice. Approximately 5 miles south of the Carl Hayden Visitor Center on U.S. Hwy 89, just south of highway marker 545, turn west on the dirt road which ascends the small hill. Drive a short distance west on the dirt road and park at the base of the hill. Climb up and down sandy hill. Length: 1.5 mile (2.4km) round-trip. You can also find guided tours that include Horseshoe Bend. Difficulty: Easy
Antelope Canyon is one of the most photographed slot canyons in the world, and once inside, you'll see why. Guided tour is the only permissible way to see Antelope Canyon. A Navajo guide will lead a tour along the gentle floor of this colorful sandstone canyon for some once in a lifetime photo opportunities.
Page is a small town in northern Arizona located on the southern shores Lake Powell, and it is the center of canyon country. Page offers visitors a wide variety of lodging, restaurants and other services.
The location is ideal for exploring many of the American Southwest's renowned national parks and monuments, and discovering the unique culture of the Navajo Nation.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Established in 1972, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area encompasses over 1.2 million acres, providing abundant opportunities for water based and backcountry recreation. The area stretches for hundreds of miles straddling the border between northern Arizona and southern Utah. It borders Capitol Reef National Park and Canyonlands National Park on the north, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument on the west, and Grand Canyon National Park on the south. Lake Powell Glen Canyons most well know attraction, is a man made lake that flooded much of Glen Canyon with a little help from the Glen Canyon Dam.