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Lake Powell, Utah
Destinations Lake Powell Utah

Located in northern Arizona and stretching up into southern Utah, Lake Powell is part of the Colorado River in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. With nearly 2,000 miles of shoreline, endless sunshine, warm water, perfect weather, and some of the most spectacular scenery in the west, Lake Powell is the ultimate boating playground.

Lake Powell is a series of wide bays and side canyons, connected by the main channel. Several large bays are very popular for watersports and others are known for their nice sandy beaches.

Popular spots include:

  • Warm Creek Bay
  • Padre Bay
  • Rock Creek Bay
  • Halls Creek Bay


Side canyons offer protection from the wind and often have the best conditions for wakesports, but beware because side canyons can become very narrow.

The water is often glassy during the early morning – perfect for skiing. Wind sometimes comes up in the afternoon and can make the water choppy.

The boating season at Lake Powell extends from April into October. The lake never freezes, and so water sports are possible year-round. In spring, water in the lower lake warms up more quickly with cold water flowing in from the rivers keeping the upper lake cool. By mid-April, the lower lake is usually warm enough that most people enjoy getting wet.