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Lake Powell in Glen Canyon Park District

This is a large and expansive area that the park covers. It runs about 200 miles in length and about 40-50 miles in width at the largest section. This lake was created as a result of 17 years of accumulating water in the backside of the dam. That ended up holding 7 trillion gallon of water. The deepest point is by the dam at 580 feet. The dam had 90 canyons that can be investigated' probably with a boat is best. There are said to be 170 bird species in the area, and 800 mammals. Rainbow Bridge was not even discovered to modern day explorers until 1909. That is remote

Hidden beauty of unknown magnitude.

There are 6 marinas on the lake, with tow more popular at the south end by Page, and the main visitor center. Access to many areas is difficult, because only two main highways cut across the lake. Much of the lake is remote. The area within the park boundaries is 1.25 million acres, even though the backwater area is only 161,390 acres; or 13% of the land surface. The lake is 186 miles long and 4--50 miles wide at the widest part. It holds 7 trillion gallons of water. The shoreline is 1960 miles, and the lake is the second largest in the US for territory covered. It serves downriver the flow and control of floods to areas all the way to California coast. Much complaining goes on as to the stingy hold back of water that is desperately needed down to the southwest

View of the dam Wall

There is an overlook from Hwy 89 that shows great views of the dam and surrounding area. It is off Hwy 89 and behind the National Park Service building on a loop road. One end is the Walmart, and the other is Denny's restaurant, in the Page town perimeter. The dam is 1560 feet across and 710 feet high.
An environmentalist named Ed Abbey was one of the first to try and fight this dam construction back in late 1960's. He lost but got the attention of many others with writing books and going on speaking engagements. He thinks this dam is a tragedy, and he may be right from what I read. It has taken away much desert beauty and hidden canyons never to be seen again. It also is a fairly porous dam that is silting up with millions of gallons coming downstream, and water leaches into the bed floor by 1 million gallons a day.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Quite and serene for miles
  • Cons:Not Enough Accessible areas to view by vehicle
  • In a nutshell:A good place to relax and stay to enjoy the landscape
  • Last visit to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area: Sep 2009
  • Intro Updated Nov 30, 2009
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