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    Lake Powell near Page Arizona

    Lake Powell is the second-largest man-made lake in the United States with almost 2,000 miles of shoreline which is more than the combined coastline of the Pacific Coast states. It is over 180 miles long, more than 400 feet deep and is surrounded by the startling beauty of colorful rock canyon walls, rose colored sandy beaches and a night sky brilliant with shimmering stars. This breathtaking landscape extends from Page Arizona into southern Utah. Lake Powell is so vast, it would take years on the lake to experience its entirety.

    The contrast of colors between the clear azure waters and the red sandstone rocks is stunning. It's a visual feast of remote canyon walls, spires and buttes that once stood high above the Colorado River. Today the lakeside cliffs form the boundaries of about a hundred inlet canyons while others are now submerged creating small islands within the lake. Cruising Lake Powell is like touring a huge sculpture park that will dramatically inspire all of your senses.

    Lake Powell was named after Major John Wesley Powell, a Civil War veteran who explored the Grand Canyon down the Colorado River with his men on wooden rafts in 1869. The lake was formed by the completion of Glen Canyon Dam across this area of the Colorado River in 1966. When full, the lake covers an area of about 162,000 acres.

    Lake Powell Recreation

    Lake Powell in Arizona

    The water is a true oasis for this otherwise, barren region of the high desert at about 3,700 feet of elevation. Over 3,000,000 annual visitors flock here for unlimited recreation, sightseeing and for a chance to enjoy the azure waters. This is one of the most popular house boating locations in the country where visitors tow their power boats in case the urge for water-skiing is aroused.

    Choose your style of water adventure from jet skiing to rafting, scuba diving, kayaking, exploring the canyons or fishing. Or just kick-back, barbecue on the houseboat in the evening and enjoy the tranquility. The marinas rent boats , houseboats, and jet skis so if you don't have all the "toys"....they are close at hand.

    Guided tours of the lake and fishing guides are available or experience the sights from a helicopter ride above the lake. The area around the lake is also famous for hiking and the sites are some of the best in the northern Arizona. Famous slot canyons like Antelope Canyon are only a few miles away from Page and well worth the short trip. Many breathtaking geological formations frame the lake and simply demand exploration.

    Getting There

    The lake straddles the Arizona-Utah border approximately a five hour drive from both Phoenix and Las Vegas. Flagstaff Arizona is about 130 miles south on US 89. Page Arizona with a population of about 10,000 residents is but a few miles from the lake. There you'll find convenient lodging, restaurants, shopping and additional recreation.

    Where To Stay.

    Since Page, Arizona is only four miles from Lake Powell, Page Hotels are the most convenient. Page also offers a selection of bed and breakfast inns. The nearest larger town is Flagstaff which is about 130 miles south of Page. Choose from a wide variety of hotels in Flagstaff.

    More Information.

    Lake Powell Resorts & Marina

    Glen Canyon Recreation Area