Lake Powell
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Straddling northern Arizona and southern Utah, Lake Powell and the surrounding Glen Canyon National Recreation Area offer many leisure activities.
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johnrN3026VV
Cleveland,Ohio, United States29 contributions
Jun 2022
We made our reservation well in advance with Lake Powel Resorts. They were very professional. You have to enter the resort area on National Recreation Property which requires and entry fee. Our National Park Pass took care of it. Arrive early because there is an hour difference between Utah and Arizona time zones. You can wait inside the resort lobby which is very plush and airconditioned. There you can grab some food at the restaurant or snack bar prior to departure. The Lake Trip on board the "Miiss Bird" was
pleasurable. Your two options are the upper deck which is open and wind blown and quite sunny. Or you can go down stairs out of the wind and sun with large observation windows. It is also airconditioned on the lower deck. Coffee, ice tea, and water are complimentary. The scenery is awesome and keep your camera ready to snap pics of the beautiful cliffs along the shore line. Worth every penny spent.
Written June 26, 2022
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Lara L
Bedford, TX52 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
We reserved a boat for the day but was canceled due to high winds. Such a bummer because seeing the lake was our #1 reason for visiting…but we had the most incredible day hiking “The Chains” which about a half mile east walk down to the water where we set up for the day. Take the turn in for the Hanging Gardens trailhead (just east of the dam) and follow the road all the way down. Park by the restroom and head straight out behind it. There is no trail because it’s all sandstone. We even carried down a couple of beach chairs and found several perfect spots right on the water where we watched the boats go by, snorkeled, fished and just enjoyed the cool crystal clear water…and we save $600 on the boat rental!
Written July 5, 2022
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Brown_Samantha
Kennewick, WA1,394 contributions
Jun 2022
We booked a Navajo Canyon boat tour that left from the Wahweap Marina at Lake Powell Resort. They used a small tram to transport people down to the marina. The boat was spacious, with 2 levels. The upper deck did not have a cover and offered sweeping view during the boat ride.

We went to the Glen Canyon Dam, then Navajo Canyon, and Navajo Tapestry, First you zig zag to get out, quite interesting sceneries. They provided water, coffee, and lemonade on board.

A very relaxing way to enjoy Lake Powell. The tour took about 3.5 hours to return. We got to see many house boats, kayakers, other boaters. It made a very pleasant morning.
Written June 19, 2022
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Julie P
Greeley, CO5 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
The lake and scenery are beyond beautiful. The Wahweap Marina, however, needs some assistance in their check in and customer service processes. We waited over 1.5 hrs in line to check in. Even though they tell you you can pick up the boat at 0800. Once we got inside the check in process than took another 20 minutes. We then had to wait in another line to get the boat. By the time we got going we had been there well over 2 hours. Which of course decreases the boating time, but they still charge you full price for it. Boat rental was $600 and gas was $122. So a day on the lake (2 hrs shorter than planned) was over $700. The staff was so lackadaisical they would just saunter around with no sense of urgency that there were numerous people in line. The orientation to the boat was next to nothing and upon return we had to tie up the boat ourselves and find an employee to check us out. So many things wrong with this picture. Thank goodness the scenery and water temp made up for this awful experience.
They could benefit from electronic check in eliminating hours waiting in line for paperwork.
Written July 29, 2020
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caribbeantraveler91
Pennsylvania1,168 contributions
May 2022
Since we were in Page, we decided to stop at Lake Powell. We only wanted a view of the lake but were charged a $30 entrance fee. Seems a little steep. The lake was down; therefore wasn't as spectacular as I'm sure it is when it's at it's regular level. Maybe because we did not swim or boat I wasn't terribly impressed. I guess if you're in the area, it's the thing to do, which is why we stopped, but it's not a place I need to see again.
Written June 23, 2022
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chitownro
Chicago41 contributions
Aug 2022
Lake Powell is gorgeous but it is NOT SAFE for pontoon boats. I'm going to leave this review a few places because honestly I'd feel guilty if I didn't warn people and someone was hurt or died. Since the water level is so low, the only way to travel from Wahweap marina to the rest of the lake (our goal was Padre Bay) is via "The Narrows." We rented a pontoon for the day from the Lake Powell marina in Wahweap. I decided on a pontoon bc it provided shade in the 100 degree heat. We had 10 people on a boat that fit 15 and my dad was the captain. We are from MI and my dad lives on an inland lake, owns a pontoon, and has been boating for 50+ years.

The Wahweap Bay was calm and the area near the marina was "no wake." It wasn't windy. However, as we entered the Narrows, the waves suddenly became giant from large boats' wakes and wave amplification off of the canyon walls. For those from the midwest, it was suddenly like being on Lake Michigan in a pontoon on a big wave day. There were (unknown to us) problems with the pontoon we rented which may have exacerbated the situation; but two giant waves crashed over the bow and another lifted the stern at the same time. The boat was literally pointed down and taking on water. Luckily my dad thought to throw the boat into reverse but for about 20 seconds it was pure terror of people in the bow literally scrambling/climbing up to the stern and adults searching for life jackets under the seats. The kids were all crying and traumatized (my 4 year old still won't go on a pontoon on a completely calm lake in MI this week).

I strongly think the narrows section needs to be "no wake." It is legitimately dangerous.
Written August 19, 2022
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Donna C
Brookville, OH34 contributions
Apr 2021
This is a beautiful lake with spectacular views of different canyons. At every angle you see the beautiful formations. My husband and I rented a 17.5 Bayliner from Powell Adventure Rentals and spent the day out on Lake Powell. The scenic views were unbelievable. It's a once in a lifetime vacation you will never forget. We now have some wonderful memories of this beautiful lake. I recommend renting a boat instead of a kayak. Those with kayaks were struggling through some rough parts of the Lake. Every time a boat passed, they struggled more.
Written April 11, 2021
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Chriscarlspencer
Dutch John, UT194 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
800 for day but brand new 28 ft pontoon boat we cruised the lake with its canyon walls and towering vistas . We hardly encountered other boats . Breathtakingly beautiful we ate lunch drank beer and enjoyed the lake
Written November 5, 2020
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Labnut
Richmond, VA150 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
The lake may be at 1/3 of its historic water level, but it doesn’t really affect your enjoyment of the lake and surrounding area - unless you want to launch a powerboat (there’s only one ramp still in service).

There’s still plenty of water for swimming, boating, standup paddleboarding, and kayaking - and the scenery is breathtaking. The lower water level has actually revealed new canyons to explore and new beaches and places to hike. And there are so many things to do in the Page, Arizona area: rent a kayak or standup paddleboard and catch a backhaul service up the Colorado River and paddle back, do a flat water raft trip from the base of the Glen Canyon dam to Lee’s Ferry, do an Antelope Canyon tour by standup paddleboard or kayak, or do an Antelope Canyon walking tour, take a helicopter ride, hike the Page Rim View Trail, the Hanging Garden Trail, or the Chains for amazing views of the lake, rent a boat or go for a swim. We spent a week in Page and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, and intend to return for more paddling and hiking.
Written August 1, 2022
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Hometales
Oregon City, OR17 contributions
Jun 2022
We wanted to visit Lake Powell just to see for ourselves the severity of the drought that has been ravaging the west for years. We're from Oregon and it is affecting us too but seeing Lake Powell is a real wake up call. We need to be electing people that will do whatever they can to help with climate change - no blame here on anyone particular, we all need to help.
Written July 14, 2022
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