Q: How big is Glen Canyon National Recreation Area?
A: The Recreation Area takes up 1.25 million acres (505,868 hectares) across the states of Arizona and Utah.
Q: How big is Lake Powell?
A: Lake Powell is only 13% of the National Recreation Area, but one of the largest man-made lakes in North America. At full pool (3700' elevation) it is 186 miles (299 km) long, has 1960 miles (3161 km) of shoreline, over 96 major side canyons, and a capacity of 27 million acre-feet (32 million cubic meters). Its maximum depth (at Glen Canyon Dam) is 561 feet (171 m).
Q: What time is it?
A: This gets a little complicated, so hang on.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area follows Arizona time, which is Mountain Standard Time year-round.
* The state of Arizona does not switch to Daylight Savings Time in summer.
* Within the state of Arizona, the Navajo Reservation does switch to Daylight Savings Time.
* Within the Navajo Reservation lies the Hopi Reservation. The Hopis do not switch to Daylight Savings Time.
* The state of Utah does switch to Daylight Savings Time.
* Exception: Dangling Rope Marina, which is in Utah, does not switch to Daylight Savings Time. They run on Arizona time.
Q: How can I get to Rainbow Bridge?
A: Rainbow Bridge is only accessible by boat or by a fourteen mile (one way) hike. Tour boat trips are available. If you choose to hike, you must have a permit from the Navajo Nation.
Q: Where are the hiking trails along the lake?
A: There are no designated hiking trails along the lake itself. However, you may walk the shoreline on most areas of the lake. There are few shoreline areas that are accessible by vehicle. However, there are some that require only an easy to moderate walk from your vehicle. Keep in mind that many shorelines have uneven terrain and steep banks. Always use caution when walking along the shore. For other day hikes, visit the hiking page.
Q: Are there any jet ski restrictions?
A: Personal watercraft use is allowed in nearly all areas of the lake. At current lake levels, there are no restricted areas for personal watercraft. Keep in mind that Arizona and Utah have specific regulations regarding the age of operators of personal watercraft.
Q: Are two-stroke motors allowed?
A: Two-stroke boat motors are allowed on the lake. However, there are restrictions on two-stroke personal watercraft motors.
Q: Where can I fish from the shore without a boat?
A: Fishing is allowed from nearly anywhere along the shoreline. While there are few roads that go to Lake Powell shores, there are several where it is an easy to moderate walk to the shore. Fishing is NOT allowed from the marinas, except on designated fishing docks.
Q: How much does it cost to get a fishing license? Which do I need, Arizona or Utah?
A: A fishing license is required from the state in which you wish to fish. Complete information on fishing can be found on the fishing page.
Q: How do we get our non-motorized vessels, like kayaks and canoes, to remote areas like the Escalante Arm?
A: Park concessioners Aramark and Antelope Point may offer shuttle services to kayakers and others. Contact them directly for prices and availability.
Q: Why do we need a portable toilet when we can just use one of the floating restrooms? Can we dig a cathole instead?
A: Glen Canyon NRA requires that every party camping within one-quarter mile of the lakeshore have a portable toilet system for containing solid human waste. This has been a requirement at Glen Canyon NRA for many years. The park has found that most visitors find traveling to and from the floating restrooms, especially after dark, inconvenient. The lake level at Lake Powell fluctuates 20-50 feet a year. A beach that was out of the water and good for camping may be under water later. Any waste that was buried will be released by wave action and mingle with the water, making it potentially unsafe. Lake Powell is one of the cleanest reservoirs in the United States. We need everyone's efforts to help us keep it that way.
Q: Can we use something else such as a paint bucket or other home-made device?
A: Yes, some visitors make their own portable toilets using buckets, PVC pipe, or plastic ware. The only requirement is that it NOT utilize a plastic bag. When the device is dumped at a portable toilet dump system, the plastic bag can clog the system. The only exception is if visitors are using one of the new polymer-based waste bag containment systems. These are marketed under a variety of names, including ReStop and WagBag. The chemical used in these systems actually neutralizes the human waste into a harmless polymer. The plastic bag can then be properly disposed of at any dumpster.
Q: Why can't I go cliff diving?
A: The regulation against cliff diving is made under the authority of the park superintendent as part of the Superintendent's Compendium. After reviewing the number of serious injuries and fatalities related to cliff diving, it was the park's decision that this activity was too impactful to the safety of visitors and was incompatible with other recreational values of the park. It is prohibited to jump or dive off anything higher than fifteen feet.
Q: Are there lifeguards at Glen Canyon?
A: No. Swimming is at your own risk. If you are a non-swimmer or a weak swimmer, you should wear an approved life jacket any time you are near water. Children should always wear life jackets when near water, even on the shore. Even strong swimmers should wear life jackets when they're boating alone or during rough water. Never swim alone, during rough water, or during a lightning storm.
Q:What is the white line along the shoreline?
A: It's sometimes referred to as the 'bathtub ring' and is caused by the calcium carbonate and other hard minerals in the water that attach themselves to the sandstone leaving behind a white mark. The top of the white mark is the high water mark.
Q: How long did it take for Lake Powell to fill?
A: 17 years - Lake Powell started filling in 1963 and reached full pool for the first time in 1980.
Q: What must I do if my boat has been in waters other than Lake Powell in the last 30 days and I am not sure if there are zebra or quagga mussels on it?
A: You will be questioned at the entrance station or at the top of the launch ramp. The park will have your boat checked to see if it might be contaminated with zebra or quagga mussels. It may be determined that your vessel needs a professional hot water wash. Get more information on our Mussel Update page.