Lake Powell: Beauty Beyond Words.

Lake Powell and the surrounding Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is located in the Southwestern part of the United States.  It spans some 1,932 square miles of high desert landscape in southern Utah and northern Arizona.  The waters of Lake Powell cover 13% of the existing Glen Canyon Recreation Area.  Lake Powell was named in honor of the Civil War veteran and one-armed explorer John Wesley Powell, who led an expedition in wooden boats down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in 1869.  Every year over three million people visit the 186-mile long lake, and this past summer my family, along with some friends enjoyed a week this  past summer there on a house boat.

Captain and crew for the week.

Our journey began in Denver, the evening before our check-in date for the house boat for a pre-board party at our friend’s house.  We are affectionately dubbed The Rat Pack for reasons that I may or may not get into in a later post.  The picture is of the adults in our group and the banner that my wonderful friend Jen made to hang from our boat.  As you you can see we are quite the motely crew.

The Rat Pack

Lake Powell has a wide array of activities available, obviously most having to do with water.  On tap for our guys this trip was the spectacular stripper fishing that has been long talked about for this lake.  Almost every morning, and some evenings, either one or both of the small boats was going out in search of the excitement-inducing boils created by the fish.  Throughout the course of the week, a “boat load” of fish was caught by the guys and some of the girls too.

Catch of the day.

Lake Powell offers some of the most fantastic scenery.  Among some of the sights we took in this trip were Rainbow Bridge and Cathedral Canyon.  This place is a nature photographer’s paradise.  Depending on the time of day, you can see some amazing variations  in the colors of rock.  We really enjoyed cruising along and pointing out shapes and faces we spotted in the rock walls.

Rainbow Bridge


Cathedral Canyon









For the water sport enthusiast, Lake Powell offers some of the best water in the country for skiing, tubing, jet skiing, wake boarding, and wake surfing.  The water is absolutely beautiful and clear.  The water temperature while we were there was a brisk 76-77 degrees, but the daytime temperatures of 100+ made the brisk water temps much more bearable.  Of course, the shivering was a bit harder to control for the moon lit dips.

Levi took me on a ride at break-neck speeds.


Work hard, play hard.











When we were not in the water we enjoyed our time in our quiet little cove with BBQs, margarita parties, and horse shoes.   One evening some of the guys even got out some kites to fly.

One of our parties on the top deck of the house boat.

Our trip to Lake Powell is one that I hope my children will remember for a lifetime and want to bring their children on some day.  The beauty of the sandstone cliffs will forever live in my memory and I hope to see it again many more times in the years to come.

More good times…..

One of the small boats heading out to explore and play.

Some of the beauty that is Lake Powell.

Iceberg Canyon.

Our home for the week.





3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Steve Browne
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 15:35:41

    What a great week it was. One of the best vacations we have ever been on!


  2. Trisha
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 13:09:41

    Agreed! Lots of great memories. Miss you guys and can’t wait to see you all again.


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