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Lake Powell, Utah

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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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  • We spent a little more than two weeks in the USA and met so many positive and helpful people - the only exception? Check in staff at Wahweap who weren't quite hopeless, but not far removed. That said,...  more »
  • Arrived at 9:50, check in time is 10 am. Checked us in, we bought insurance, and we were told to wait by the picnic tables for an instructor. Nice man arrived and asked us if we had been told about th...  more »
  • We decided to do a girls trip to Lake Powell and chose the Utah side; Bullfrog. There was 12 of us on the house boat and we had so much fun! We found a sandy beach to anchor for a few days and we kick...  more »