How to have the best time on Lake Powell
Though this was my first time on Lake Powell, I was lucky enough to travel with veteran Lake Powell goers. So as they helped plan our trip, this guide will help you plan your ultimate vacation at Lake Powell surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes in the United States.
Visiting Page, AZ And Lake Powell In Arizona
Located in the reservoir of the Colorado River bordering the states of Utah and Arizona, Lake Powell is a dream destination for houseboat rentals, boaters, and the adventurous traveler type. With its deep blue waters and towering red rock canyon walls, it’s no wonder that Lake Powell is one of the world’s premier boating destinations. It’s one of the most memorable experiences I’ve ever had, and it’s truly a magical place. I highly recommend visiting Lake Powell should be at the top of your bucket list.
The ongoing drought in the West has put Lake Powell at low water levels, and some people said not to go this year because of that and launching boats in and out of the lake. Of course, we went anyway, and yes it’s lower than it’s ever been but still, we were able to have a blast. People are saying that if the weather pattern continues the lake could dry up in as little as 6 years.
What to do on Lake Powell
There are so many things to do in Lake Powell, from house boating, boating (tubing, wakeboarding, water skiing), jet skiing, rock jumping, to fishing, to kayaking, to river rafting and the Hoodoo Via Ferrata or “iron bridge” hike, which includes the option to walk on a 232-foot suspension bridge overlooking the waters of Lake Powell.
Just outside of Lake Powell, right in Page, AZ is horseshoe Bend so we make sure to stop by on our way into/out of Lake Powell. It is just off of Highway 89, you can park your car and hike 3/4 of a mile to get to the overlook. It’s a short 1.5-mile hike with 242 feet elevation, so not too difficult but during the summer months, it can get hot so make sure to bring enough water. There are no guardrails either so you are face to face with a 1,000-foot drop.
Houseboating on Lake Powell
One of the coolest and most popular things to do (+ where to stay) on Lake Powell is houseboating. It can be $$$ renting a houseboat, but from what I’ve heard is it’s worth it. It fits multiple families, which makes it more cost-effective when you split the cost. You’ll pick up your houseboat from one of the Lake Powell marinas, and then you get to stay on the boat the whole time you’re there – from eating, cooking, boating off of it, and just hanging out. A houseboat is ideal because it is literally like a home on the water. From your houseboat, you get to create your own adventure.
Boating on Lake Powell
Now that I’ve gone to Lake Powell, I 100% want to do a houseboat, but this time we brought boats and stayed at an AirBNB in Page, AZ – which was only about 10-15 minutes from the marina.
On the Arizona side of Lake Powell, there are two main marinas you can launch your boat in and out from – Antelope Point Marina (where we launched in and out from) and Wahweap Marina. There you can rent boats or houseboats – if you do rent a boat be sure to rent a pair of water skis or a wakeboard if you don’t already own them.
In Antelope Point, the path down to the marina is quite steep, but there are complimentary golf cart rides available (tips are appreciated). You’ll also find a cafe, small convenience store, and gas station at the marina. The restaurant was surprisingly good – pizza, apps, and drinks. I’d highly recommend a meal there as you get off the water for the day.
Where to Explore at Lake Powell
I had no idea the size of Lake Powell, it is massive! The lake stretches nearly 200 miles through Arizona and Utah. Fun fact: if the 1,960 miles of shoreline were stretched out, it would be longer than the entire west coast of the US!
One of the best things about Lake Powell (other than the views, of course) is that it is so big that it never feels crowded. With more than 80 side canyons, it also means that there are endless places to explore.
There are so many canyons, caves, and places to explore on Lake Powell, including dangling rope, Padre Bay, Labyrinth Canyon, Face Canyon, Rock Creek Canyon, Willow Gulch, Rock Creek Bay cave. I’m sure there’s more I don’t know about!
Lake Powell is obviously best explored by boat because you can get around faster and cover more ground but we also saw a lot of paddle boarders, kayakers, and jet skiers.
Area attractions around Page, AZ
Around Page, AZ, and Lake Powell there are so many great hikes and things to see.
The Wave Trailhead: A very stunning hike surrounded by beautiful rocks. You have to get a permit to hike this which is hard to come by because they only allow 20 people to hike it per day. If you are planning this trip in advance, then I would apply for the permit lottery online.
Zion National Park: A little less than 2 hours away you will enter Zion National Park which attracts many people all year.
The Grand Canyon: There is a North and South Entrance which is both about equal in distance from Page, AZ (a little less than two hours.) Both entrances have stunning views above the rim, and access to many amazing and challenging trails in the Grand Canyon.
Some great destinations and activities are like nowhere else on earth. And as one of the easiest places to access Lake Powell, Page is one of our favorite places to visit.
Things to know before heading to Lake Powell
- The town of Page, AZ has a lot, including a Walmart to grab everyday essentials including snacks, beers/white claws, lunch, ice, and everything you’d need for the day on the water.
- The summer days are long and hot and perfect for passing the time on the water.
- The monsoon season is active from mid-June through late September and the storms can be quite dangerous if you are caught in one on the water. We almost got stuck in a thunderstorm and as soon as we saw it coming in, we packed in and raced the storm back to the marina.
Whether you’re wakeboarding, tubing, jet skiing, kayaking, hiking, having a bonfire on the beach, or just lounging in the water and enjoying the scenery with family and friends, your Lake Powell trip is guaranteed to be an unforgettable one! Moral of the story: if you’re looking to have a vacation of a lifetime, Lake Powell won’t disappoint. Check out this video for clips of our Lake Powell fun!
Have you been to Lake Powell? What’s your favorite thing to do there? Tell me in the comments!
XOXO, the Lake Powell vacationer, Amanda // Blonde out of Water