Camping is limited to 14 consecutive days and 30 days total per season.
Campgrounds Operated by the National Park Service
These campgrounds do not take reservations.
Lees Ferry Campground
Lone Rock Beach Primitive Camping
Stanton Creek, Hite, Dirty Devil and Farley Primitive Camping Areas
Campgrounds Operated by Park Concessioner
Visit www.lakepowell.com for camping fees, amenities, maps, photos, and reservations. Or call 888-896-3829.
Wahweap RV & Campground
Bullfrog RV & Campground
Halls Crossing RV & Campground
Lake Powell Shoreline Primitive Camping
When planning a camping trip by boat or 4-wheel-drive road in Glen Canyon, it is best to buy a map beforehand. These show the side canyons, good hiking spots, points of interest and marinas, explain the navigation system, and may provide fishing information. In an emergency you will need to report your location on Marine Band 16 or call 911.
There is no camping fee or permit required to camp on the lake in undeveloped areas. However, entrance fees and vessel use fees apply. You can camp anywhere on the shorelines of Lake Powell except in developed marinas.
The main channel varies in depth from 100 to 600 feet. It is recommended that you anchor on a beach for the night, as high winds can move boats into rocks and cause damage. There are no motor vehicles, off-road vehicles or bicycles allowed in Glen Canyon's roadless areas.
All campsites are required to have a portable toilet unless toilets are available on the vessel or within 200 yards of the campsite. Regular water-quality checks are conducted to ensure compliance with sanitation laws. Pets are allowed on beaches as long as waste is cleaned up. Dispose of waste properly. Burying waste of any kind on the beach is prohibited. Waste may not be contained in a plastic bag unless it is an NPS-approved Waste Bag Containment System, which must be deposited in the trash.
When anchoring multiple houseboats on the same beach, park at least 100 feet apart to help reduce carbon monoxide buildup. It is not a good idea to tie powerboat or personal-watercraft lines to houseboat-anchor lines, as they can cause the anchor lines to come loose. Do not camp under overhanging rocks, as downpouring rain can sink a vessel. Ground fires of wood only are allowed below the high water line. Fires must be no more than 4 feet wide and 4 feet high. Fireworks are illegal.
Colorado River Primitive Camping, Between Glen Canyon Dam and Lees Ferry
Do not boat below the cable downstream from the Lees Ferry launch ramp. There are dangerous rapids below the cable. Downstream waters are restricted. A permit is required from Grand Canyon National Park to float this section of the river.
Camping is limited to 14 days. Camping is permitted in designated areas only. There are six designated areas, marked with signs, on a first-come, first-served basis. Upriver campsites are provided with toilets and fire pits. All campsites are located well above the river and require a short walk from your boat. This is to prevent camps from being damaged by high water releases.
Fires are permitted only in the fireplaces provided or in portable fire pans. No ground fires are allowed. If portable fire pans are used, all burned charcoal must be carried out. Collection of wood is prohibited.
Carry out all litter and garbage. There is no regular garbage collection upriver. Plastic litter bags are available free of charge at the ranger station. Dumpsters are available at the launch ramps for garbage disposal.
Federal law prohibits the disturbance, defacement, or removal of historic or archeological sites. Do not deface rocks and cliffs. Do not disturb plants or animals, and do not feed wildlife.
There are no fees or permits required to camp upriver. Entrance fees and vessel use fees apply.
Land-based Backcountry Camping
Visit the Hiking page for more details on backcountry trip planning.
Backcountry camping in the Orange Cliffs area of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area requires a permit from Canyonlands National Park.
Last updated: December 18, 2018