Lake Powell, located just outside of Page, is the second largest man made lake in the United States. Lake Powell is 186 miles long and has almost 2,000 miles of shoreline, which is longer than the entire west coast of the continental United States. About three million visitors per year come to see the spectacular scenery and to explore some of the 96 canyons, most of them only accessible by boat.
You can rent boats of all sizes, including houseboats. There are also boat tours of Lake Powell ranging from one hour to seven hours. Popular activities include swimming, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, water skiing, and just enjoying the views. Lake Powell also borders Utah and some of the eastern shoreline is in Navajo Nation. Click here for information about visiting Lake Powell.
Glen Canyon Dam is what created Lake Powell. It was dedicated by Ladybird Johnson on September 22, 1966. It took 17 years for Lake Powell to completely fill for the first time. At full pool the lake is 560 feet deep at the face of the dam. Power from Glen Canyon Dam serves a five-state grid of Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona. The electricity produced can provide enough energy to serve the needs of approximately 1.5 million users.
One place to visit is Antelope Canyon, which is on Navajo Nation land. These are slot canyons and are divided into the upper canyon and the lower canyon. The upper canyon is the most frequently visited by tourists. The entrance and entire length are at ground level, requiring no climbing. The lower canyon requires stair climbing. The walkways are narrower than the upper canyon. You must go up several flights of stairs at the end. Both canyons offer unbelievable photo opportunities.
Lee’s Ferry is a short drive southwest from the Lake Powell area. It is considered the official beginning of Grand Canyon National Park on the Colorado River. It is used as a fishing area and river rafting launch site. Lee’s Ferry is the principal starting point for rafting trips through the Grand Canyon, which are said to offer “a trip backwards through time” as the river cuts through progressively older strata.
Near Lee’s Ferry is where the annual flow of the Colorado River is measured in order to divvy up its water among the seven states that depend on it. Their future water supply from the Colorado River will be decided at Lee’s Ferry.