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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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  • To fully enjoy this Lake and to understand the story, you must absolutely make a crociera...si seen near the rocks, you can almost touch them ... a show! with the Sun made a play of light incredible ... a morning to do the cruise is more than enough, but so worth it!!
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  • Various States seem spans on a man-made lake in the United States. Is from above. well see is very big. We are connected to and the various rivers.
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  • We visited Lake Powell during our stay at the town of Page as we had some time to kill. Not knowing that the entrance required a National Park Fee like all the other NP's and National Monuments, we we...  more »