Lake Powell in Arizona - Pictures and Information
Lake Powell at Dusk
Lake Powell in Arizona
I have loved Lake Powell ever since I first visited it on a trip with some other students during High School. Lake Powell is man made and was created by damming up the Colorado River and its tributaries to generate electricity. The region around Lake Powell, The Glen Canyon area, had a growing population so the lake/dam was very timely but also fun and enjoyable. I have been back a few times since my first visit, and it is always a joy to go there, being in the middle of a very dry climate. Glen Canyon is very popular for its hiking, biking and four wheeling as it is, but this addition draws many that love the water sports and just being around the water. Many with houseboats love to spend time at Lake Powell.
This Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, also known as NRA was established i n1972. I was surprised to learn that this area covers more tan a million acres of desert and canyon country along the length of Lake Powell. Lake Powell is approximately 185 miles long, so you can get a feel for how big it is!
Lake Powell Marina
The Beauty of Lake Powell
There is a unique beauty to behold at Lake Powell. The beautiful blue waters are offset by colorful sandstone structures and the many coves create a real sense of mystery as you move about on the lake. Its like a lot of little alcoves all along. Of course there are the usual desert buttes and mesas near and far which only add to the area's beauty. The coves were once Glen Canyon's smaller side canyons. I do recall swimming in the lake, and trying to picture the canyon that it still is but just underwater. As you can imagine, there are extreme drop offs in the water once it does drop off. No shallow waters and wading out deep on foot.
Dam in the distance on Lake Powell
Rainbow Bridge National Monument & Antelope Canyon
This is really a beautiful monument, and it is only right that it gets its fair mention here. Rainbow Bridge isn't only Arizona's largest natural arch, but it boasts being the largest natural arch in all of North America! It is truly beautiful and amazing, and somewhat secluded from the casual passerby of the dam. You can only access it by boat from either the Bullfrog marina or the Wahweap marina.
The Antelope Canyon is just beautiful as you observe the bands of sandstone seemingly carved out of the rock. It is known as being a "deep slot" in the canyon. Antelope Canyon gets more weather worn over time, and the way the curves interact with each other (on either side) is very interesting.
Pretty Sunset at Lake Powell
Many fun things to do at Lake Powell
There is boating of course and this alone is plenty fun to do as you just explore different parts of Lake Powell. We always camped in our own little cove area and the trips to and from the main marina alone was great. The going back out on the lake to water ski, or go tubing is so fun though too. Many like to take out a kayak as well and I think I would like to do this in the future.
I would highly recommend going to Lake Powell if you ever get the chance to do so. It is beautiful and you can camp and rent boats there and do all kinds of things. Many people love to go on holidays but any time can be great.
One time as our whole group was going back on a larger two story boat, a storm seemed to kick up out of no where. Well the wind had been kicking up a little, but it wasn't until we were on our way that we realized the weather was getting a bit more serious. No rain, but the water moved enough so that we all could really feel it in the boat. Needless to say it was a lot of fun, but I wonder now looking back if the driver wasn't a little nervous for all of us and himself. It was a pretty significant weather change. It was fun, but docking at the marina felt extra good that day. It is just one of many fun memories and there are many more.