Lake Powell is only part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, but it is certainly the recreation area’s most famous feature. Lake Powell is the second largest reservoir in North America. It’s 186 miles long and has 1,960 miles of shoreline. Hundreds of side canyons, inlets and coves sheltering Indian ruins and natural wonders make Lake Powell a paradise for houseboating and photography. Lake Powell is also known for its bass fishing.
Five major marinas are flung out along Lake Powell’s shores. Bullfrog Marina (70 miles south of Hanksville) and Wahweap Marina (seven miles north of Page, Arizona), have lodges and restaurants. Campgrounds and simple “housekeeping trailers” are available at Hite, Halls Crossing and Bullfrog Marinas. The John Atlantic Burr and Charles Hall Ferries (435-684-7000), run between Bullfrog Marina and Halls Crossing Marina on a regular year round schedule. Both ferries accommodate cars, motor-homes and buses. Private boaters on Lake Powell are required to carry portable sanitation facilities. Boats and watercraft can be rented at Bullfrog or Halls Crossing Marinas. Guided tours may also be arranged.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (NRA) offers unparalleled opportunities for water-based and backcountry recreation. The recreation area stretches hundreds of miles from Lees Ferry in Arizona to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah, encompassing scenic vistas, geologic wonders, and a panorama of human history. Additionally, the controversy surrounding the construction of Glen Canyon Dam and the creation of Lake Powell contributed to the birth of the modern day environmental movement. Be sure to get a Grand Circle Travel Packet!