Lake Powell - FAQ
When was Lake Powell constructed?
Construction of the Glen Canyon Dam began by a constitution approved by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in October 15, 1956.
When was the Glen Canyon Dam project was terminated?
The works to create the dam, hence Lake Powell, ended in late 1962 and the floodgates were closed in 1963, however the work on Lake Powell did not finished until 1980, taking 17 years to fill the lake at its full level.
Where is Lake Powell located?
The lake is located on the Colorado River, in the south of Utah, although it extends to Arizona at the Antelope and Navajo Canyons.
How do I get there?
Lake Powell is easily accessible by driving from Page, Arizona. Otherwise there are many regular flights arriving to the airports in Flagstaff and Page, Arizona, from where you can rent a car or hire a guided tour. Other options are Hall's crossing marinas or the landing strips at Bullfrog.
How big is the lake?
Lake Powell is 186 miles long encompassing 96 major canyons and over 1,800 miles of shoreline with hundred of coves, beaches, and countless private spots for camping or houseboat.
Does the lake freeze in winter?
Although ice occurs in some northern canyons of Lake Powell's region during winter, the water of the lake gets cold, particularly in February, but never freezes.
How is the weather in Lake Powell?
The weather in Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell is warm and sunny during spring with occasional rain. However, the region is commonly found to have a desert climate, being hot during the day and cold by night. Temperatures vary according to the area and the hour of the day averaging from 70 to 80º Fahrenheit by day and 40º Fahrenheit during the night.
Is Lake Powell safe for a family getaway?
Because of the rugged nature of the canyons, there are limited facilities apart of those offered by full-service marinas. There are no lifeguards on the beaches, and taking along a cellular when visiting isolated areas of the Lake is strongly suggested.
It is important to watch the weather when hiking in the area as flash floods can be a common occurrence during certain times of the year. When on the water or parked in a houseboat, life jackets should always be on children (and anyone that cannot swim). Never dive into the lake from cliffs or ledges! If you must be a daredevil, always jump feet first! And do not drive on Lake Powell at night. (All rental craft are prohibited from driving at night).
Do cellular's work within the Lake Powell's area?
Cellular phone coverage is available in the southern area of Lake Powell, extending up to Dangling Rope Marina, but after passing the Padre Bay, the cellular signal is weak, particularly in canyons with high walls.
Is a radio signal available in the area?
Yes, you will be able to make radio calls when in sight of Navajo Mountain. There are also connection opportunities through AT&T through a marine operator connected to channel 26 in Window Rock. You should be aware that radio communication may allow others to listen your conversations.
Who operates the recreational area at Lake Powell?
The lake is part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, which belongs to the National Park Service, a division of the United States Department of Interior. Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon Dam are operated and managed in cooperation with many other federal and state agencies.
Among the agencies overlooking the operation of Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon dam is the US Coast Guard, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Fish and Game Department, the Arizona Game & Fish Department, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the Arizona and Utah state and county law enforcement.
Are Native American Indians living in the lake's area?
The northern border of the lake is home to the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation, and the waters of Lake Powell are in federal lands of the National Recreation Area, so access to the region of the Navajo Mountain and Lake Powell in that area requires a permit from the Navajo Nation.
Are guided tours available at Lake Powell?
Kayak tours have been introduced recently, although there are many other guided tours, including those operated by private concessionaires, such as ARAMARK, and other independent commercial permit holders. Some of the tours include a boat ride to Rainbow Bridge National Monument or to the Navajo Reservation visiting the Antelope Canyon.
What should I bring to Lake Powell?
When packing do not forget items like medications, sunburn lotion, suntan lotion, lip balm, paper towels, flashlights, binoculars, camera and/or video camera, fishing gear and extra bait, ski equipment and your stereo for music. The water is drinkable but you can carry iodine tablets.