Relax in Lake Powell


Spanning the borders of Utah and Arizona, Lake Powell is a major man-made reservoir of the Colorado River and is famous for being visited by over 2 million people each year. Lake Powell is also the second largest man-made reservoir in the United States.

A Brief History

Named after the one-armed veteran of the Civil War John Wesley Powell, Lake Powell was created due to the flooding of the Glen Canyon. Now, it is one of the most popular summer destinations in the United States making it the ultimate playground for kids and kids at heart alike. Once there, you can rent your own houseboat and be treated to a variety of activities that will surely make you happy and excited. Low water levels have also brought forth a couple of new beaches that you could frolic in.

The Canyons

Lake Powell is also divided into a couple of canyons and bays, which are not only beautiful but are also great to stay in. Some of these canyons/bays are:

  • Wahweap Bay. This place is perfect for water-boarding and skiing and is also ideal for paddle-boating and kayaking.
  • Bullfrog Bay. This is the major Lake Powell destination for sandy beaches and bird-watching and is a great place to be in the middle of the city without all the noise.
  • Padre Bay. The biggest bay in Lake Powell which is also the house of monuments such as Cookie Jar Butte, Tower Butte and Domingues Butte, as well.
  • Navajo Canyon. The only canyon with a view of the Colorado River and is full of shaded and eroded beds of soil.
  • The Escalante. The Escalante is famous for being Utah’s biggest kayaking point. Not only that, there are also some man-made amphitheaters where you can relax and enjoy under the sun. Fishing is also quite popular in this area.
  • Good Hope Bay. Lake Powell’s “Secret” site for wakeboarding, kayaking and tubing, as well.
  • Iceberg Canyon. What makes Iceberg Canyon different from its contemporaries is that it is full of lush greeneries, ruins and dams that are surely a sight to see and that you’ll certainly appreciate.

Aside from visiting these bays and canyons in Lake Powell, you may also enjoy eating hotdogs and ice cream at Dangling Rope, hike to Hole in the Rock, and check out the fascinating Annie’s Crack which is known for its resemblance to the caves in the Indiana Jones movies, too.


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