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Lake Powell
Bullfrog Marina

Lake Powell is a massive reservoir that sits on the Colorado River and straddles the border between Utah and Arizona. It's one of the most popular recreation destinations in the United States, thanks to its stunning landscapes and plethora of activities available both on and off the water. Whether you're looking for a little bit of everything or want to focus on a specific activity, Lake Powell is sure to please. So pack your bags and get ready for some fun in the sun!

 

Bullfrog Marina

Bullfrog Marina is one of the most popular places to start your adventure at Lake Powell from the Utah side. It offers a wide range of services and amenities. You can rent boats, jet skis, and other watercraft, or take a tour of the area. You can also catch a ride on the Ferry when it is operating. More information on the Lake Powell ferry  can be found on their website. The Bullfrog Marina is open year-round and is a great place to stay whether you're visiting for a day or a week.

When entering the Bullfrog Marina, you'll be required to pay a fee as Lake Powell is  part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The fee is $30 per vehicle and $15 per person if you're entering by foot, bike, or boat.

 

NOTE: These prices are subject to change and may be inaccurate at the time of your visiting. Be sure to plan for this small entry fee.

Once you arrive in Bullfrog, there is a large parking lot near the marina where you can leave your vehicle. This includes dedicated parking for trucks and trailers. There are also several camping options in the area if you're looking to make a weekend of it.

From Bullfrog, it's a short boat ride to any of the many canyons and beaches that make up Lake Powell. Whether you're looking to relax on the beach, explore the canyons, or go fishing, Bullfrog Marina is the perfect place to start your Lake Powell adventure.
 

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Activities

Lake Powell is a popular destination for a reason - it has something for everyone! If you're looking to spend your days on the water, there are plenty of activities to choose from. You can rent a boat, jet ski, or paddleboard and explore the many canyons and coves that make up the lake. Or take a fishing trip and try to catch one of the bass, trout, or catfish that call the lake home.

If you'd rather stay on dry land, there are plenty of other activities to keep you busy. You can go hiking and explore the many trails that wind through the area. Or visit one of the area's ancient ruins and learn about its history. And don't forget to take in one of the amazing sunsets that Lake Powell is known for.

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Before Heading Out

Hanksville is one of the last stops on your way to Lake Powell's Bullfrog Marina. It's important to stock up on supplies before making the journey out to the lake, as there are limited services available once you're there.

Know the regulations and restrictions for the area

Before starting your adventure from Bullfrog Marina, be sure to check the Lake Powell website to get updated information on regulations and restrictions. This is especially important in dry seasons because  there might be fire bans in place. You'll want to check for any special permits you might need, too. There also may be  areas closed off to the public due to hazardous conditions. It's always a good idea to  be prepared and informed before embarking on your trip.

Bring the right gear

Make sure you have all the necessary gear for your adventure. This includes items like sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, insect repellent, water, snacks, and lunch. If you're planning on hiking, you'll need to bring  appropriate shoes and clothing. And if you're boating, be sure to have all the necessary safety equipment on board.

Due to the constantly changing depths at Lake Powell there can often be land formations just below the surface of the water. Be aware of these and take the necessary precautions to avoid any accidents.

Check the weather forecast

Before heading out, be sure to check the weather forecast for Lake Powell. The area can experience extreme temperatures, so you'll want to dress appropriately and be prepared for anything. Temperatures can range from below freezing in the winter to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer.

Nights can also get quite cool, even in the summer, so it's a good idea to bring a jacket or sweatshirt to keep warm. Storms are also common in the area, so keep an eye on the forecast and be prepared to change your plans if necessary.
 

 
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History


Lake Powell was created in the early 1900s as a result of the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam. The dam was built to provide hydroelectric power to the surrounding area, as well as to control the flow of the Colorado River. Lake Powell quickly became a popular destination for those looking to enjoy its many recreational opportunities. Lake Powell is unique in that it is one of the only places in the world where you can experience both desert and mountain landscapes in the same day.

Lake Powell is one of the largest man-made reservoirs in the United States. The lake is now over 180 miles long and has over 2,000 miles of shoreline. There are more than  90 canyons that make up the lake, as well as countless islands, coves, and inlets. These are constantly changing as the level of the water goes up and down, making it an incredible place to return to over and over to discover new things!

The area around Lake Powell is home to a wide variety of plant and animal life. You can find species of fish like bass, trout, and catfish in the lake. On the shores, you'll find desert plants like cacti and Joshua trees. And in the skies overhead, you might see birds like eagles and hawks.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How deep is Lake Powell?

Lake Powell is over 1,900 feet deep in some areas, but the depth of the lake is always changing due to water supply and the amount of water being used by the dam. The average depth of the lake is about 560 feet.

 

What is the temperature of the water in Lake Powell?

The temperature of the water in Lake Powell can range from 50 degrees Fahrenheit at night to 86 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. In the summer, the water is usually quite warm.

 

Why is Lake Powell famous?

Lake Powell is famous for its stunning scenery and for being one of the largest artificial lakes in the United States. The lake was created by the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam and is a popular destination for water sports and fishing.

 

Can you swim at Lake Powell?

Yes, you can swim at Lake Powell. Hobie Cat beach is located next to the Bullfrog Marina and is a great place to take a dip, and there are also many other spots around the lake that are perfect for swimming. The massive amounts of shoreline means you can often find great private beaches.

 

Is there cliff jumping at Lake Powell?

No, there is no cliff jumping at Lake Powell. While the beautiful natural landforms may look like the perfect location for some great cliff jumping, The National Park Service does not allow any activities that could damage the cliffs or endanger visitors.

Is Lake Powell clean water?

Lake Powell is not considered clean water. The Glen Canyon Dam, which created the lake, has blocked the natural flow of sediment and therefore the water is not as clear as it once was. However, there are ongoing efforts to clean up the lake and improve its water quality.