Lake Powell, this manmade lake which was created by the Glen Canyon Dam backing the water up for miles and miles, has created a wonderful playground for water lovers and desert lovers together. You can stay on the water, or you can "park" and get off your boat and wander the surrounding desert. You can visit the Rainbow Bridge arch and take a beautiful walk there. You can just enjoy the boat as you can see Tal doing here, or even do some fishing. Our guide and friend Oscar brought along his fishing gear and taught Tal a little about the art of catching fish.
We took a boat out of the Antelope Point Marina, where you can pick up a boat, a houseboat, or skisleds or kayaks I believe. Oh and don't forget a map that shows the various canyons, feuling stations and attractions.
Houseboating at Lake Powell is amazing! What made the trip even better was the Mastercraft X-35 our friends brought to board / surf and play behind. I've spent time at both ends of Lake Powell - Bullfrog Marina and Wahweap area. It was a great time, especially the hours spent on or behind the ski boat. This boat was designed with Wakesurfing / boarding - it had balast tanks on either side to shift the boat weight to compensate for different foot positions on the boards. If you haven't been to Lake Powell the best boating for watersports is in one of the bays. Bullfrog Bay, Halls Creek Bay - both near Bullfrog Marina, and Padre Bay or Warm Creek Bay near Wahweap are excellent choices for watersports. It's usually best in the morning or afternoon, but some days you'll get great water all day long. Check out the pictures for a visual.
Rainbow Bridge is the world's largest known natural bridge. Aside from that stunning fact, it's in the West's most beautiful lake, Lake Powell. The span has undoubtedly inspired people throughout time--from the neighboring American Indian tribes who consider Rainbow Bridge sacred, to the 300,000 people from around the world who visit it each year.
Please visit Rainbow Bridge in a spirit that honors and respects the cultures to whom it is sacred.
Trips to Rainbow Bridge may be made across Lake Powell in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area using private, rental, or tour boats. From Wahweap, Antelope Point, and Dangling Rope, travel north. From Bullfrog and Halls Crossing, travel south. Proceed to the mouth of Forbidding Canyon (buoy 49), where a floating sign on the right marks the canyon entrance. Follow the canyon about 2 miles (4 km) to another sign that points the way left through a narrow passage. Proceed with caution! Beyond the wakeless buoys, go slowly so that no wakes, or waves, are made. A courtesy dock is available for short-term docking while people make the 2 mile (3.2km) walk to the bridge.
This center is right next to the dam wall and across the bridge on the west side. It is about 3 miles from the town of Page. There are 1 million visitors to the center and lake area in a year. The center has a exhibit showing the creation of the rock and desert area for this part of the country; called canyon country. The center has tours on the hour down to the operating part of the dam energy nucleus. They show the turbines and how power is generated to serve 750,000 people in the region. I did not see any Ed Abbey books about how to save the West and this travesty of a dam in the gift shop. I do have a slant opinion that the dam was "crammed down" by politicians, but maybe was needed. Today that may not be the real facts, and it is only 1/2 functional.
This is a town of 9,000 in the surrounding area. Most are Navajo due to the Reservation being close by and this used to be their land. IN 1957, the camp town was started to build the dam. Later, on 8th St. there were motels and apartments for laborers/families. Now it has all the US features, like Walmart Supercenter and fast food joints, strip malls
This marina is not as big as Wahweap, but has a charm of being more quite and peaceful. It is located about 12 miles from Page off Hwy 98 and onto Hwy 278. It opened in 2004, and is only a boat ramp facility, and a restaurant and convenience store. They have 300 slips here. Besides the marina, there is the island that is 8 mile circumference and place where a lot of boaters come for the day to relax. The island was created as a result of the backwater of the dam over 17 years. The island is isolated now and the bend in the river is prominent
This is the biggest marina on the lake, and it has many buildings, amenities and boats. It was first built starting in 1963, and is the biggest marina. It has 1,000 slips, and 9 boat tours from here. The tours took 20o,000 people for a ride-so to speak-last year. The Lake Powell Resort is here, as well as many condos owned, or for rental, for total of 350 rooms at the marina. There is a restaurant, lounge, shopping for conveniences, boat necessities, and showers. The area seems to have a vast majority of houseboats, and all are big to huge. The marina docks have boats ranging from 40-75 feet, and they sleep up to 12 people. It seems most locals and second home/boat owners come here to relax and not have a speed boat mentality. The lake is peaceful and serene here and good point to go upwater to the other sites.
This is a quite area that most people are not even aware of. You can drive back her for a couple of miles, and get great pictures of the dam and the landscape. Location is a road,coming form Page on Hwy 89 is on the right side just before you would cross the bridge heading to the visitor center. There is a parking area here. Locals come to swim and scuba at a small but rocky pebble beach. One special hike I took was to hanging gardens. It was a nice hike of 2 miles down a sandy trail, and then go right up the slick rock face to a butte. From there keep going and you end up seeing lush green plants and ferns under a rock cliff. Here is the spring that feeds the foliage.
This is a road off Hwy 89 just to the south of page that offers wonderful views of the dam and surrounding area. The added feature is the layered and eroded rock in the hiking area that is beautiful. The bridge across the dam top is 1560 feet in length. The dam wall is 50 feet t top and 300 feet thick at the base. It took 400,000 buckets of concrete to build the dam; that is 4.9 million cubic yards of concrete. The dam was started in 1956 and did not get completed until 1963. It took 17 years to fill up the backwater reservoir with 7 trillion gallon of water. They discovered in 1996 study that 8% of the water leaches into the porous rock around the edges and that is a loss of millions of dollars in energy waste a year. The dam is 710 feet high, and 583 feet above the Colorado river average height. In 1983, a strong storm flow nearly destroyed the dam, and apparently still a bit shaky yet. Many want the dam to be destroyed for the sake of ecology, and lately there may be some merit to the claims. It serves 650,000 homes, but long term this is not a dam in demand. If it let loose, it would wipe our Lake Meade downriver with a mad rush of water, and maybe take out Hoover Dam too.
The Glen Canyon Dam is at once an abomination of natural surroundings and the force behind the transformation of an area's core vitality. While the creation of Lake Powell has altered the natural appearance and flow of the land and water flowing in this area, it has also created a new ecosystem where not only man and his boats have flourished but has attracted over 300 species of birds that would otherwise never call this terrain home.
As the second largest water reservoir in the United States, Lake Powell and the dam that formed it produce considerable electrical power. This land of plenty has certainly cut the water elsewhere like in the little river running through the Grand Canyon but that debate has already been won. What is left is a very popular water based park in an otherwise land lacking such things. It sure is pretty so enjoy.
Oh, you can visit it and learn about it. It attracts thousands of people a day. In fact, more people visit it than Lake Powell itself. We weren't all that interested. We had come to see nature and there was a lot more of that to see in every direction imaginable.
To think that Glen Canyon Recreation Area protect 1.2 million acres of land in the Colorado Plateau is daunting enough but when one considers the lands adjacent that are under various levels of conservation, it takes on a statehood of its own. Spread out over large tracts of Arizona and Utah, access comes in many forms ranging from paved roads and boat ramps to four-wheel drive tracks, washes and river kayaking. Though full of red rock canyons and colorful mesas and buttes like much of its surroundings, the man made Lake Powell makes for a surreal oasis landscape where boating is quite naturally or unnaturally king.
There is a boat tour that goes out to an amazing arch and if we had decided to spend more time here we might have done it. But we were heading to Arches National Park as well as a host of others in Utah and with spring waning and the big heat of summer on its way it was time to get a move on.
We took a two hour boat tour of Lake Powell, which left from Page, Arizona. It was very interesting. We got to see the dam, and explored a number of areas of the lake during the course of a few hours. The boat had a canopy to provide shade, which was very helpful in the desert sun.
Our favorite parts of the tour were when the boat went back into narrow side canyons and you could see the canyon walls towering above you on both sides.
There is an information center for the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Page, where you can get information about specific boat tours.
If you don't fancy the watersports, and prefer sticking to land... there is also hiking/walking trps around the Dam into the mountains. If you go to the Visitor Centre or go online, you can see all the different walks/trails you can go on.
You can also go out and do some camping too down by the Lake and in the surrounding Mountains.
While at the Glen Canyon Dam you can do all sorts of water sports in the Lake.
You will have to pay a small cost to get down into the water where you can go off and do as please (within resons of course!) in and out of the Lake.
Lake Powell has to be explored and the only way to do that is by boat. From Waheap Marina all types of boat can be hired from a 2 storey house boat that you can hire for a week or two, a sleek speedboat made for two or the lovely cruisers that take parties of approx 60 people upto the dam and in and out of several canyons.
Tickets can be purchased online at firstname.lastname@example.org or directly from the desk in the Lake Powell Resort and are approx $60 per person for a 3hr trip.
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