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Lake Powell, Utah

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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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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  • My husband and I went to Lake Powell to join 6 other relatives for a weeklong houseboating vacation. Three of us are in early 30s, one is mid 40s, two are in late 50s, and two are in late 70s. We got ...  read more »
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  • Yes, Lake Powell is a tremendous reservoir. One of the many on the Colorado River (as we realized is the controlled River in the world!). Unusual Lake in the fact that it was formed not simply flooding the Valley, and a burly Canyon! So if you have the opportunity to take a ride on the Lake on a boat-need to make it! On the note. The area around the Lake is a national park. Admission costs about $ 25 per car. If not, you can just swim in hot weather, because the water in the Lake is very refreshing;)
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