Lake Powell, Glen Canyon Dam and National Recreation Area

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Sunrise at the Wahweap Marina

Friday-  Woke up early and wandered around to survey the area, since it had been dark upon our arrival.  Our campground was right near the Wahweap Marina on Lake Powell, right on the Utah/Arizona border. In fact, it was only about 200 yards to walk to Utah from our campsite.  Took some pictures at the Marina, the water here is very low.  You can tell by how far down the boat launch ramp you can walk, how high the water had been at one point.  They are re-discovering things in Glen Canyon that have been covered up since the creation of Lake Powell, when they built Glen Canyon Dam in the early 60's.

24 hours ago, I was enjoying the sunrise over the Grand Canyon.

Houseboat on Lake Powell
..now I get to see it over Lake Powell! What a country!  I went over to the camp office when they opened to get us some coffees and to check in, since we arrived after closing last night.  The lady at the office hadn't even known we were there!  Checked out the Rainbow Bridge Boat tour, it would have required a 2 mile hike to the bridge after a several hour boat ride, taken all day, and cost over $300.  Since our schedule requires us to reach Zion NP today, and Dawn's knees are not up to a 4 mile round trip hike, we decided to skip Rainbow Bridge. We will see plenty of arches for free in a few days, at  Arches NP! I would have loved to go down lake Powell by boat, though. Maybe someday I'll get some people together to rent a houseboat there for a week.
Glen Canyon Dam

We checked out the Glen Canyon Dam, and Carl Hayden Visitor Center and gift shop. I bought a book there about Utah National Parks, since we will be visiting five of them this week! They had a lot of information there about the construction of the dam, and what the area was like before the dam created the lake.  We then drove along Lake Powell, stopping at a few overlooks for pictures.  The redrock canyon walls here are really beautiful!  Glen Canyon Dam looks a lot like Hoover Dam, but there is a cool bridge imbedded into the canyon walls right in front if it.   Saw a lot of houseboats going by, I hope we get the chance to do that before they run out of water!  The water levels here are dropping at a rate of an inch or more each day. It was still early when we headed off towards Zion, through Grand Staircase-Escalante!

mattgee says:
I've been here like 7 times! Such a fun place..maybe next time, rent a houseboat? :)
Posted on: May 07, 2007
crazylady says:
Hi Walt, enjoying your trip, thanks for sharing....crazy lady
Posted on: Feb 12, 2007
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Sunrise at the Wahweap Marina
Sunrise at the Wahweap Marina
Houseboat on Lake Powell
Houseboat on Lake Powell
Glen Canyon Dam
Glen Canyon Dam
Sunrise at the Marina
Sunrise at the Marina
plenty of boat launch trailers her…
plenty of boat launch trailers he…
It looks like they had to move the…
It looks like they had to move th…
packing up our campsite at Wahweap
packing up our campsite at Wahweap
Our camp was within sight of the l…
Our camp was within sight of the …
that channel leads towards the mai…
that channel leads towards the ma…
plenty of houseboats here
plenty of houseboats here
beautiful scenery
beautiful scenery
At the Carl Hayden Visitor Center,…
At the Carl Hayden Visitor Center…
Glen Canyon Dam
Glen Canyon Dam
looks like Hoover Dam, but smaller
looks like Hoover Dam, but smaller
cool looking bridge, right in fron…
cool looking bridge, right in fro…
view from the overlook
view from the overlook
Wahweap Marina, where we camped la…
Wahweap Marina, where we camped l…
dinosaur tracks at the visitor cen…
dinosaur tracks at the visitor ce…
The visitor center is between the …
The visitor center is between the…
red rock hill right in the parking…
red rock hill right in the parkin…
through the wndow of the visitor c…
through the wndow of the visitor …
on the road again!
on the road again!
Sunrises are worth getting up earl…
Sunrises are worth getting up ear…
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