Launch at your own risk!
The public is asked to use extreme caution when using the public launch ramps at Lake Powell. The decrease in water levels has reduced the depth of water in these areas, creating shallow water on the ramps with steep drop-offs. More »
There are many ways to enjoy Lake Powell and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Kayaking is an excellent way to experience Lake Powell and its magnificent geologic wonders. If you have a couple of hours with a whitewater kayak or a couple of days taking a journey on a sea kayak, kayaking will give you a unique approach to get to know Lake Powell.
As with all outdoor activities, SAFETY is top priority. Here are some tips for your safe enjoyment of Lake Powell:
There is no fee to launch a kayak in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. All launch ramps are welcome to any kind of boat. Kayakers may find it easier to launch at the less congested ramps, reducing the chances of disturbance by motorized vehicles.
Take Care of Lake Powell
Camping is allowed on the lake for up to 14 days. There are no camping fees assessed or required permits.
Photo: Mike Wenger
Many locals enjoy smooth day trips around the Wahweap and Lone Rock areas . There are times when the beaches are pretty crowded with motorized vessels, but there are a few quiet coves a kayak could sneak into.
Moqui Canyon: about 1.5-2 miles up stream from Halls Crossing marina. This is a great kayaking spot as long as boat traffic is not too heavy. The canyon is relatively long (even at lower lake levels) and has high walls and many large alcoves. When you run out of lake, Moqui is also a nice spot for a day hike.
Kayaking the Colorado River Below Glen Canyon Dam
The stretch of river from below the dam to Lees Ferry provides a unique change of pace from the still waters of Lake Powell. There is no put-in at the dam, so you'll have to launch at the Lees Ferry ramp, then get a tow upstream. You can ask a friend with a motorboat to tow you, or contact the commercial float trip provider, Colorado River Discovery, to give you this tow. After that, the water flows at a varied rate, depending on the water flow from the Glen Canyon Dam. Check with the Bureau of Reclamation for the day's outflow at (928) 645-3978. You may have an idyllic float down the canyon or a healthy run back to Lees Ferry. There are also six camping areas available along the banks of the river, with grill pits and restrooms for your convenience. These campsites are on a first-come, first served basis.
Did You Know?
Personal watercraft are vessels. In Utah, you must be 18 years old to operate a personal watercraft alone (unless you comply with Utah personal watercraft operator conditions); in Arizona, you must be at least 12.