Lake Powell

The Dirty Devil takeout in late July, 2013.
The Dirty Devil takeout in late July, 2013. Rangers reported current all the way from Lower Cataract to this point and beyond. Click on the image to view more photos of the Hite Area.

NPS Photo by Kyler Carpenter


All groups traveling through Cataract Canyon must cross a portion of Lake Powell to reach North Wash (Dirty Devil) take-out. The location where the river ends and the lake begins varies throughout the year. Given the distances involved and the frequency of strong, up-canyon winds, motors are recommended.

An old access road on river right can be used for a takeout. This road leaves Highway 95 between mileposts 41 and 42, just downstream from the Dirty Devil River. The ramp provides two-wheel drive access close to the river, but vehicles cannot back down trailers at this location.

For current conditions on Lake Powell, contact Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Hite retail store, fuel pump, the visitor comfort station, and designated camping areas are closed. Public restrooms are available at the Hite Ranger Station. Drinking water and RV sewer dump station service will remain open for public use.

Camping below Imperial Rapid is limited, especially for large groups. Many former camps are now perched on dried mud flats 20 to 30 feet above the river.

Quagga/Zebra Mussel Advisory

Due to the presence of invasive mussels in Lake Powell, all UT and AZ law requires boaters to clean, drain, and dry their vessels after takeout. More...

Last updated: August 5, 2022

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