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  Lake Powell

Lake Powell

 ...some photos and descriptions culled from the internet:


Sparkling, clear, blue water laps against towering, sheer, red-rock canyon walls and sandy beaches. Power boats and wave runners zip about while houseboats slowly wend their way deep into side canyons.

The second largest man-made lake in the United States is the playground for Page, Arizona, and nearly three million visitors annually.

Lake Powell is 186 miles long and has 1,960 miles of shoreline, which is longer than the entire west coast of the continental United States. There are 96 major canyons to explore though you'll need a water craft for the majority of them since access is limited because there are few roads.

Lake activities include swimming, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, water skiing, hiking and sightseeing. Photographic opportunities abound.

Around early June, the lake's waters begin to warm and stay that way well into October with a clarity unrivaled in other fresh water lakes. While the climate is arid and humidity is generally less than 40 percent, Lake Powell is classified as a "high desert" area due to it's 3,700 ft. elevation.

Once you travel by boat a few miles from any of the marinas you'll find yourself in another world with a skyline unmarred by signs of civilization.

               -- From



Past these towering monuments,
past these mounded billows of orange sandstone,
past these oak set glens,
past these fern decked alcoves,
past these mural curves,
we glide hour after hour,
stopping now and then,
as our attention is arrested
by some new wonder.

-- John Wesley Powell, 19th-century explorer , for whom the
              lake is named, describing rafting down the Colorado River
              through Glen Canyon -- the area that is now Lake Powell.



Dos Dunes, Face Canyon

Chauffeuring your own floating apartment through this geologic layer cake is a
Huck Finn fantasy.  Thread a slender nautical path through chasms that cleave
steep vermilion cliffs, and encounter hidden box canyons or isolated sandy coves
that tempt the anchor off the boat.  Try one of the sage-scented hiking trails to find
disintegrating ancient Anasazi ruins or solitary natural bridges sculpted by eons
of erosion.

  -- From
"Nights to Imagineby Peter Guttman


Rainbow Bridge, at the end of Forbidding Canyon

One gets the impression of being in a special, spiritual place. Perhaps it is the cathedral-like sandstone monuments and the uplift of the arches ... My mind drifts to a belief that this land was a mystical place long ago, because the landscape is like being on another planet Ė it frightens, even jolts the senses with its eerie shapes and the sound of the restless wind echoing through the arches. The landscape sings to you, sometimes lulling you off to thoughts of other times and places.

Here nature has been the craftsperson, the carver, and we the mortals fleetingly available to peruse the grand plan can only wonder at the sheer natural aura of the location.

   -- From The Road to Moab and Beyond by Neville Millen




What makes the lake so memorable is the contrast between the deep clear blue waters and the surrounding landscape - stark red sandstone rocks with little or no vegetation, the innumerable steep remote side canyons, and the spires, ridges and buttes that once stood high above the Colorado, but now form cliffs at the lakeside or are semi-submerged as small islands.

   -- From




Sandstone formations.

Just being on the Big Pond and around a campfire with good
friends means a lot to me. Life it too short to spend in one place,
but Lake Powell is as good a place to spend one's time as anywhere....
  -- "Papa Jack" on WaynesWords Lake Powell Bulletin Board


 Despite this bleakness there is a beauty unparalleled in this land. ...we look east to Wedding Cake Butte, to watch it change in color with the setting of the sun; from a yellow white to a soft pink, to a deep red, and finally to a purple-black against the eerie pale gold skyline. The progression of light and contrast was like watching a changing hologram.

The land is absolutely still until that silence is broken by the shrill cries of eagles gliding in the weather worn valleys below. As they rise to our line of sight we notice the brilliant pale blue sky with wisps of pink clouds tease out like long thin strands of clean crinkled fleece from a new-shorn ram. This has been day of endless contrast, most memorable for the confluence of senses and of the imagination with the sheer mind- grabbing power of nature in the canyon lands of Utah.

   -- From The Road to Moab and Beyond by Neville Millen


A summer thunderstorm.


 ..and waterfalls after a thunderstorm.



Dangling Rope Marina -- mid lake.

Lake Powell...  is truly the most beautiful lake in the world... a place
that everyone should visit at least once in their life.

   -- From



Antelope slot canyon.













For hundreds of years, various Native American tribes called Powell country
home.  Two predominant groups were the Anasazi and the Fremont cultures. 
"Anasazi" is a Navajo word, meaning "the ancient ones."  The Anasazi were
primarily farmers, irrigating and growing squash, beans, corn, and other crops. 
They lived in pit houses, and preferred dwellings off the canyon floors that were
also protected by alcoves in the sandstone walls.  The Fremonts preferred hunting
and gathering to farming, so were more nomadic.  Both cultures left behind plentiful
ruins and petroglyphs (etched into rock) and pictographs (painted on the rock),
ancient art depicting their lives. 

         -- Lake Powell History by Tiffany Maple



Dinosaur tracks in sandstone.


Mike, looking toward Little Alstrom Point, Gunsight Bay.


Lake Powell has been called one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.
Fodor's "Nights to Imagine" lists it among their 32 most unusual and
unexpected places to spend the night in the United States, describing
it as a vast stretch of tectonic dreamscape.  For those of you who have
not yet been to Lake Powell, I envy your first moments of experiencing
the quiet beauty of this extraordinary place.

      -- From




In the evening, barbecue at the edge of soaring rock amphitheaters, then sit back
and enjoy the visual symphony of shooting stars and overcrowded constellations
in the inky desert sky.
  -- From "Nights to Imagineby Peter Guttman







Words can't do justice to the beauty and majesty... it's a sight to be experienced, not described.  If you havenít been to the alternate reality that is Lake Powell, itís hard to explain; if you have, no explanation is needed...

     -- From David Herberg's Lake Powell website


3D map of Lake Powell:

Below are brief excerpts from Stan Jones' Lake Powell map (we'll have one on board). 
Copies of the map can be purchased here or here.






For more photos, maps, and info see: