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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 rented a houseboat out of Bullfrog. The houseboat was not well kept, was run down and worn. It is touted as luxury, but it is not. The one engine did not run well on our way back into the marina. W...  more »
  • Lake Powell is the second largest man-made lake in the United States located in Page, Arizona. It is named after Civil War veteran Major John Wesley Powell. It is 186 miles long with 1,960 miles of sh...  more »
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Where to stay in Page

For a chance to explore Arizona's famous canyon country without missing out on all the comforts of home, stay at a hotel or bed and breakfast in or near Page. A convenient base for exploring the surrounding area, this small town contains plenty of well-stocked shops, bars, and restaurants. If you don't need many modern amenities and prefer to experience the region from a less urban location, consider a campground near Lake Powell, located just 3.2 km (2 mi) from the center of the city.
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