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Lake Powell, Arizona

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Lake Powell is a reservoir on the Colorado River, straddling the border between Utah and Arizona (most of it, along with Rainbow Bridge, is in Utah). It is a major vacation spot that around 2 million people visit every year. It is the second largest man-made reservoir by maximum water capacity in the United States behind Lake Mead, storing 24,322,000acre.ft of water when full. However, due to high water withdrawals for human and agricultural consumption, and because of subsequent droughts in the area, Lake Powell is currently larger than Mead in terms of volume of water currently held, depth and surface area. Lake Powell was created by the flooding of Glen Canyon by the Glen Canyon Dam, which also led to the creation of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, a popular summer destination. The reservoir is named for explorer John Wesley Powell, a one-armed American Civil War veteran who explored the river via three wooden boats in 1869.In 1972, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area was established. It is public land managed by the National Park Service, and available to the public for recreational purposes. It lies in parts of Garfield, Kane, and San Juan counties in southern Utah, and Coconino County in northern Arizona. The northern limits of the lake extend at least as far as the Hite Crossing Bridge. A map centered at the confluence of the Escalante River with the Colorado River gives a good view of the extent of the lake.
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  • Sicuramnente not to be missed if you are in Page! Beautiful and great ... amazing always a sea and a lake. Get in the many promontories and enjoy the view especially at sunset. recommend just 5 minute drive from WAHWEAP OVERLOOK Page.. breathtaking view
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  • En route to Bryce Canyon Dam there is to go to the Horseshoe bent to come out, also stopped by. So little different and familiar landscape, Valley, rock, Cliff, Wilderness Park, is only just seen from the observation deck. Chira found in OK I think.
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  • Lake Powell is a staple of the region. We even had the chance to bathe us. To access it you have to pay of course, but when the purpose of the trip is the American national parks, we got the pass and so little expensive and especially here worth it. US planes very hot so we have decided to go on the beaches of the Lake. The water was delicious and it was amazing to swim in this framework. We opted for the tour boat, which was a very good choice, but it seems that see it in plane is really not bad either!
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