Lake Powell

Image of Lake Powell

Lake Powell is the second largest reservoir in the United States, but first in beauty. This "Crown Jewel of the Colorado" is 160,000 acres at full pool (3,700 ft elevation) and boasts over 1,900 miles of shoreline.

Utah's premier warm water reservoir was impounded behind Glen Canyon Dam in 1963 and completed its initial filling in 1980. At full capacity, Lake Powell holds 27 million acre feet of water. The red rock formations and desert landscape surrounding the lake are unsurpassed for natural beauty. The Colorado river flows into the reservoir at Hite, with the San Juan and Escalante rivers flowing in at midlake. The main stem of the reservoir is 180 miles long. Water temperatures average 64° F in the spring, 77° F in the summer, 61° F the fall and 49° F in the winter. Air temperatures can exceed 100° F during late July and early August. Rainfall averages a mere 6 inches with 10 percent humidity — truly a desert setting!


  • Location: Southern and southeastern Utah
  • Directions: Access from various locations in Utah and Arizona
  • Type: Blue Ribbon
  • Size: 160,000 acres
  • Elevation: 3,700 feet at full pool
  • Hours: No restrictions
  • Likely catch: Smallmouth Bass, Striped Bass, Walleye, Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Channel Catfish, Common Carp, Yellow Bullhead, Black Bullhead
  • Possible catch: Bluegill, Green Sunfish, Tiger Muskie, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Brown Trout, Flannelmouth Sucker
  • Regulations: To see what statewide or special regulations apply to this waterbody, please read the current Fishing Guidebook.
  • Site amenities: Full service marinas and launch ramps are at Wahweap, Bullfrog, Hall's Crossing, and Hite. A midlake marina, accessible only by boat, is at Dangling Rope. Primitive access is possible at various sites
  • Handicap access: Handicap access is at all the full service marinas.