Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Activities & Programs

Warm water, hot days and cool nights make Lake Powell the ideal destination for water lovers from May through October. At 3,700-feet elevation and within a 78 percent sunshine belt, Lake Powell often gets comfortable daytime temperatures even during the winter months. An elevation range from 3,200 feet at Lees Ferry to 7,154 feet atop the Kaiparowits Plateau ensures four relatively mild seasons.

Summer is the busiest season, but many essential services are available year-round. Seasonal discounts are available on lodging and boat rentals. Check for special offers when making reservations.

The lake provides plenty of adventures throughout the year. Spring and fall are best for hiking into the can-yons and discovering arches or ancient American Indian rock art, or just enjoying the glens for which the park is named. Winter offers solitude and outstanding photo opportunities.

The area warrants an extended stay—to sail the waters and to hike the canyons. But if you only have a day to spend here, consult at a visitor center for suggestions on how to enjoy this truly remarkable "away-from-it-all" holiday spot.

Park Programs

Several nights a week during the months of June, July and August, NPS rangers at Wah-weap Campground present slide shows and specialized programs on such subjects as geology, wildlife, the Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) people and the historic settlement of the area. Also, during the summer, look for rangers at Rain-bow Bridge and the Petroglyph Panel below the dam to hear compelling stories about the area.

Don't miss NPS and Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) audiovisual exhibits at Carl Hayden Visitor Center and Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center. NPS audiovisual exhibits are shown at Carl Hayden Visitor Center and Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center. BOR audiovisual exhibits are shown at Carl Hayden Visitor Center only. Please call (928) 608-6404 for further information.

Museum

The John Wesley Powell Museum is located in downtown Page and is open daily (closed from mid-December to mid-February). Exhibits include early artifacts, a replica of Major Powell's original boat and fine American Indian basketry. Please call (928) 645-9496 for more information. 

Tours on the Water

For current schedule and departure times, please call Lake Powell Resort at (928) 645-1070. All tours require a minimum number of passengers. Low lake levels may necessitate schedule changes affecting some tours.

The Rainbow Bridge Cruise, available at Lake Powell Resort, is the best way to visit the awe-inspiring Rainbow Bridge National Monument. This scenic cruise travels over 100 miles round trip to Forbidding Canyon. When lake levels permit, both all-day and half-day trips are available.

The Wahweap Bay Canyon Princess Cruise is an enjoyable, one-hour ride around Wahweap Bay and Castle Rock on a yacht-style, 96-foot tour boat, just added to the fleet in 2007. Available April through October. There are several departure times throughout the day, as well as a nightly Sunset Dinner Cruise.

The Antelope Canyon Tour is a 1.5-hour cruise that visits the narrow, winding Antelope Canyon. It has afternoon departures twice daily from Lake Powell Resort.

WATER SPORTS

Fishing

Lake Powell's various game fish and the Glen Canyon Dam Lees Ferry Colorado River trout pop-ulation provide exciting fishing opportunities year-round. The lake is known for its largemouth, smallmouth and striped bass, crappie and walleye. Before your first cast, however, check with a marina store for the necessary licenses, fish limits and other regulations.

March to November is prime fishing season. Crappies swim into the shallows to spawn in spring, so fishing the shoreline brush is a good bet. Fish in deep waters during the cooler months to catch walleye. If you're an avid angler, inquire at a marina store about the next fishing tournament. 

For current fishing conditions at Lake Powell, please visit the website at www.wayneswords.com. 

Boating

Lake Powell's sheer, twisting canyons intrigue and delight boaters. Inlets are interspersed with sandy beaches which lure visitors to picnic or camp in the shadows of multicolored cliffs. Broad bays offer space for waterskiers, while houseboating seems to be made for Powell. Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas and Antelope Point Holdings, LLC, maintain a fleet of houseboats, powerboats and an assortment of personal watercraft (PWCs) for rent.

Houseboats are available for trips as short as two days from October through mid-May, or a minimum of three days the rest of the year. It takes several days to really get away and experience the solitude and chameleon moods of the lake's nooks and crannies. The most enjoyable speeds for houseboating are "slow" or "stopped." Talk with park rangers or marina staff to determine how far you can travel across the waters and back within your time limit. Getting sidetracked by yet another narrow, intriguing canyon is part of the thrill of this adventure. 

Before setting out, you'll receive a thorough orientation session and instruction manual that covers such maneuvers as piloting, docking, anchoring, refueling and pumping out. Study a map and chart your course before departing. Bring your own beach towels, flashlights, batteries, map and compass. Many people also rent a "tag-along" powerboat for water-skiing or side trips, using the houseboat as a mobile base. 

Rental boats are available in many types and sizes. Not all sizes of boats are available at all marinas. Small boats rented for over-night use must have a portable toilet on board. Portable toilets are available for rent at Wahweap boat rentals, and may be purchased at Bullfrog boat rentals.

Personal watercraft and other equipment are available for rent. Wakeboards and ski tubes are great for water enthusiasts of all ages. Kneeboards and waterskis are also popular. Please call (801) 538-2628 to learn how to obtain a Utah PWC education certificate.

Hourly rentals can be arranged on the spot at each marina. For full-day or longer rentals, ad-vance reservations are -recom-mended. Call (800) 528-6154 or (602) 278-8888 from the greater Phoenix area or call the marina directly.

Kayaking and Canoeing

Kayaks and canoes provide a great way to explore the narrow canyons of the lake. You don't need to be an expert paddler to have fun: Lake Powell offers opportunities for one-hour or several-day excursions. Visitors with their own inflatable kayak or canoe can savor a true wilderness adventure in the canyons of the Escalante. Depending on water levels, passage into certain canyons may be limited.

Swimming

During the summer, water temperatures are ideal for swimming, reaching an average of 80°F in August. Avoid swimming in crowded boating areas and use extreme caution when diving or jumping into the water.

Waterskiing

Most of the lake's surface is ideal for waterskiing for all skill levels. However, waterskiing is prohibited in areas with heavy boat traffic and inside the narrow canyons.