5 Activities You Should Plan on when Vacationing at Lake Powell

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Beautiful Lake Powell is filled with opportunities for adventure. Lake Powell is a reservoir surrounded by desert canyons and sandy beaches. It has an estimated 3,000,000 visitors per year. When planning a Lake Powell vacation, be sure to investigate all of the exciting activities to create your perfect getaway.


Lake Powell has three campgrounds: Halls Crossing, Wahweap, and Bullfrog. Each campground is located near a marina for plenty of water fun. All three also feature showers, drinking water, toilets, and RV hookups. Halls Crossing and Wahweap have campsite convenience stores, and Wahweap even has a Wifi connection, so you’re never too removed from civilization.

Lake Powell Houseboat

House Boat Rentals

For a truly unique Lake Powell experience, spend your adventure captaining a house boat. There are a variety of options and boat sizes available for houseboat rentals on Lake Powell. If you are 18 years or older and have a valid driver’s license, you can captain the boat yourself or hire a captain for the duration of your trip. If you would like some assistance, captain services for leaving and entering the marina are available. After that, you’re free to explore the open waters.


The many bays and side canyons are ideal for boating, wake boarding, and water skiing on Lake Powell. Side canyons provide windshield and excitement as skiers zoom by canyons walls.


Summer is the best time for fishing at Lake Powell. Crappie, bass, bluegill, walleye, and catfish are all possible catches. The lake is open to both serious and casual anglers, and fishing licenses can be purchased at the Halls Crossing or Wahweap stores.


Hiking around Lake Powell and the surrounding canyons is a must. Four hiking trails are available at varying degrees of difficulty.

The Rainbow Bridge Trail is the easiest trail at a four mile round trip. Rainbow Bridge is the largest natural bridge in the world and is considered sacred by the Native Americans.

Antelope and Cha Canyon are moderate trails. Antelope Canyon is a 2-5 mile hike and one of the most photographed canyons in the world. Cha Canyon is 6+ mile hike and features a stream, waterfalls, and Ute Indian art.

West Canyon is the most difficult trail and requires boating, swimming, hiking, and technical climbing to reach the summit.