The Making of a Park
The area that is now Glen Canyon was part of the 6,000-square-mile area proposed in the 1930s as Escalante National Park. World War II redirected national priorities and agter the war, treaty agreements with Mexico and other commitments let to the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam completed in 1966.
The Glen Canyon Dam, completed in 1966, was the last dam built on the Colorado River.
Bureau of Reclamation
The Department of the Interior's Bureau of "Reclamation operates and administers the Glen Canyon Dam and power plant and regulateds the water level of Lake Powell. The Glen Canhn Dam is the dey storage unit in a far-reaching water development plan called the Colorado River Storage Project (CRSP).
The Bureau of Reclamation regulates water released in order to meet legal downstream water commitments, and to produce power which is sold to municupalities, public utilities and government agencies in seven western states.
Unique Suggestions: Bring very little with you when taking this tour into the Dam, for sure your camera.
At the Chains near the Glen Canyon Dam.
Where ever there is a name of a beach, rest a sure that there will be people, goes for this spot at the Chains, very popular spot at the lake.
Unique Suggestions: Just squeeze in and enjoy the sun. You traveled this far, no turning back now.
Got to have a houseboat
Wahweap Marina Services have a large amount of Houseboats on hand, if you must have a houseboat then by all means go for it because I did, here is a friend of mine Ann, she's Navajo with a natural tan...born with it, yet she is out here on top of the houseboat getting a tan on her tan :o) it's funny.
Fun Alternatives: Just come and enjoy the Lake anyway, be it in a boat, on the shores painting the scenery, or having breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Wahweap lodge on the Rim of this beauitful lake.
Plenty of water to go around for everyone to swim.
Sometime people feel they have to take a boat out just to go to the lake, but that's not all true. The majority of people that come just love to come to the banks, or shoreline, or sandy beaches and swim or waked, or just even bring fishing poles and try their luck at pulling in a 14 pound stripper, or large mouth bass, or even a trout.
Wahweap (Bitterwater) Bay
This is where 3.0 million of traveler from all over the world come to play in the sun, to get nice tan.
Unique Suggestions: Just go with the flow...you have to remember that we have a Lake and River with a dam right in the middle of it.
Lake Powell is a place to rent big boats kayak and Rentals are available from several companies in the Page area, so you can wakeboard, kneeboard, or water -skie and maybe even jet-ski...please don't participate in an activity called teak surfing! It can result in carbon monoxide poisoning which has resulted in people losing their lives.
Fun Alternatives: If you feel you need space, alway you can go into much more and miles into the other canyons which are branches off Lake Powell...there are 1900 of shoreline for you.
Don't go in the Antelope...
Don't go in the Antelope canyon when rain is predicted. It's dangerous !
A flash flood that tore through Lower Antelope on August 12, 1997 killed eleven people they failed to hear the weather warnings -- the storm responsible for the flood was centered miles away, there was barely a trace of rain at the slot canyons.
Well it shouldn't be a tourist...
Well it shouldn't be a tourist trap. But if you want to see a working dam from the inside don't go to Glenn Canyon Dam. Since 9-11 (september 11th 2001) all tours are suspended for security reasons. You can visit the gift shop and get some kind of a spoken tour but that's it. It's a shame we've visited the Hoover dam before 9-11 and we would have like to see this one....maybe another vacation.
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