Lake Powell National Recreational Area
50 minutes east
Some people say that Lake Powell offers some of the finest water recreation opportunities in the world. Lake Powell is the the second largest man-made lake in the United States, and visitors can bring their own watercraft or choose to rent houseboats, personal watercraft, powerboats, kayaks and other water toys.
In 1869 Major John Wesley Powell led an expedition into the area as he explored and area that is now officially known as the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Lake Powell is 186 miles from end to end and has nearly 2,000 miles of shoreline (exceeding that of west coast of the United States). With over 90 major canyons, Lake Powell offers plenty of space to find your own solitude.
The entire Glen Canyon National Recreation Area area is home to over 170 species of birds, 800 different mammals, and over a dozen reptiles. The world’s largest natural bridge, Rainbow Bridge, was discovered here in 1909 and is accesible from Lake Powell.
Five rivers separate rivers, of varying sizes, feed into and form Lake Powell. These include the Colorado River from Colorado, the Green River from Wyoming, the San Juan River from New Mexico, the Escalante River and Dirty Devil River from Utah.
The sizeable Glen Canyon Dam holds the water for Lake Powell in place. The dam contols the flow of water as a source for a number of downstream states. Creation of the dam was started in 1957 and Lake Powell did not reach full capacity until 1980. The crest of the dam spans 1,560 feet and rises 710 feet above the Colorado river bedrock, and the lake reaches a depth of over 500 feet.
With comfortable water and air temperatures into the months of October and November, Lake Powell offers year-round recreation opportunities.
Information with permission and courtesy of VisitSouthernUtah.com