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 as a result of the lack of roads.
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 its 3,700 ft. elevation.
temperatures cool significantly in the winter then rise into the high 70's in
the summer. When it does snow at Lake Powell, the contrast of the white against
red-rock cliffs and azure blue waters makes for beautiful photographs and
time on a houseboat, or cruising around on a motor boat are popular activities,
while other things to do include include swimming, fishing, scuba diving,
snorkeling, water skiing, hiking and sightseeing. Photographic opportunities
abound, from the land, water, or even in a small plane or helicopter.
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.
Glen Canyon Nation
Recreation Area, established by the United States Congress in 1972, is the home
of Lake Powell. The area is comprised of 1.25 million acres with the lake
occupying only 13%, or 161,390 acres, of the total area, which leaves a lot to
be explored by four-wheel drive or on foot.
The second largest
man-made lake in the United States is accessed from the northern Arizona town of
Lake Powell is
named for Civil War veteran Major John Wesley Powell, who explored the Green and
Colorado rivers in 1869 down through Grand Canyon. In August, 1869, Powell and
his eight companions passed through the site of present day Glen Canyon Dam.
Extending nearly one-third of a mile across from canyon rim to rim, the dam
created the reservoir known as Lake Powell.
The lake, which
lies partly in Arizona and mostly in Utah, is more than 500 feet deep in places.
While Utah has the lion's share of Powell's crystal clear water, Arizona lays
claim to the most important part—the dam. It took 17 years, from March 13, 1963
to June 22, 1980, to fill to the planned level of 3,700 feet above sea level.
Lake levels fluctuate depending on the spring runoff from the mountains and the
releases needed to produce electricity from the dam's eight generators.
tributaries include the Escalante and San Juan rivers. Both are popular fishing
areas. Types of fish found in the lake are striped bass, large and smallmouth
bass, crappie, catfish and carp.
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