With two marinas, over one million acres, and breathtaking scenery there is much to get lost in at Lake Powell. So whether you’re looking for a relaxing getaway on one of their hundred secluded beaches or an exciting thrill touring the massive monuments, your craving for adventure will surely be satisfied. Just be sure to book all reservations and plan in advance so you make sure you have plenty of time to enjoy this rocky paradise! Keep reading to learn of seven fun things to do in Lake Powell.
Lake Powell is the second largest man-made lake in the entire United States and it took over seventeen years for it to reach its current state! It stretches over two states, Northern Arizona and Southern Utah, and touches the Colorado River in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
When visiting Lake Powell make sure to bring your swimsuit and hiking boots! This hotspot destination has everything from water skiing to monument trails. There are incredibly diverse types of activities that are sure to please everyone in your group.
If you’re looking for the ultimate way to relax on your trip to Lake Powell then houseboating is for you. Equipped with a variety of houseboats that range from a 46-foot boat with a full kitchen, bedroom, and bath to a 76-foot boat with five rooms, two baths, full kitchen, and an outdoor hot tub, there’s a boat for you. Once reserved, a staff member will happily guide you on how to pilot your houseboat and then you’re free to explore nearly 2,000 miles of shoreline.
With so many species of fish living under the surface, Lake Powell has become a famous fishing hole. You can bring your own equipment or purchase supplies from their local marinas. You’ll be sure to spot smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, striped bass, walleye, channel catfish, crappie, and bluegill. Lake Powell Resorts and Marina offers a great list of quick fish information that details the best time of year and taste for each type of fish.
With 186 miles of water, it is no surprise that water sports is one of the best thing to do in Lake Powell. From water skiing to wake boarding to swimming,you’ll be sure to have plenty of space to cool off during the warm summer months. You can rent ski tubes, wakeboards, water skis, paddle boards, knee boards, and more at their Wahweap & Bullfrog marinas.
Don’t let the water sports distract you from the many land trails that surround this historic lake! Just remember to take plenty of water as there is little to no shade. Here are some of the trails we recommend: :
Dam Overlook (940 feet roundtrip, Page/Wahweap Area)
Wiregrass Canyon (6 miles roundtrip, Hwy 89 North)
Spencer Trail (4.4 miles roundtrip, Lees Ferry Area)
Pedestal Alley (3 miles roundtrip, Bullfrog)
If you want a more hands-on experience then you should consider kayaking around Lake Powell. This slower paced activity is a great opportunity to get close to the rocky walls. The best places to Kayak are in the side canyons, where you can wind though more narrow slot canyons! A great introduction to this experience is Antelope Canyon at the southern end of the reservoir, near Page. . You can bring your own kayak or rent one at the Wahweap & Bullfrog marinas. If you’re new to kayaking then read our guide Kayaking for Beginners: Tips, Tricks, and Gear Recommendations.
This two hour Canyon Princess dinner cruise takes place during the sunset which paints the sky beautiful pinks & purples. You are offered various options to dine on while enjoying spectacular views of cliffs and mountains.
These tours are more than just rides around the lake. Knowledgeable tour guides take you through the history and geology of Lake Powell. From Rainbow Bridge to hearing the story of how the Glen Canyon Dam was built, you will learn a lot!
If you have free time on your hands then you should check these popular things to do near Lake Powell. Some can be reached through hiking trails while others are more accessible by car.
If you have the time, Antelope Canyon is a must! This unique slot canyon was made by large amounts of water passing through over the years. It is located on Navajo land so there are many Native-owned tours with experienced guides who can give you a great experience. Tickets do sell out fast so be sure to book in advance!
One of the world’s largest natural bridges makes Rainbow Bridge National Monument worth seeing. Rainbow Bridge is only accessible by boat on Lake Powell or by land over a 14 mile trail from the Navajo Nation.
Horseshoe Bend is one of the most popular destinations near Lake Powell, and rightly so! This breathtaking view is especially incredible during sunset.
Grand Canyon National Park is the farthest destination from Lake Powell, but the scenic sights make up for the distance if you want to make the trip. Popular viewpoints include Mather Point, Yavapai Observation Station, Mary Colter’s Lookout Studio, and Lipan Point (it’s wide views of the canyon and Colorado River, is popular, especially at sunrise and sunset).
There you have it: some of the best things to do in Lake Powell. With summer in full swing, taking a trip to Lake Powell and its surrounding locations would be the ultimate adventure! If you’re interested in a more planned out experience then let us plan your trip from our several guided adventures across the western United States. Don’t forget to share your photos with us on social media and stay curious!
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