Northern Arizona seems to have notoriety for its giant canyon, and almost to a fault, other smaller places don’t get as much fame. I am here to tell you that Lake Powell is quite an experience that allows for a full day of activity or even a full week — based on your time allotment and discretionary income.
On one of our many weekend excursions, my family and I decided to rent a boat on Lake Powell and spend the day traveling to its many beaches and breathtaking rock formations. When I say family, I am including my wife, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, nephew and our two little dachshunds. So we had a good size group for this outing.
Luckily we had a copy of “Experience Arizona” that featured Arizona’s marinas and found out that Wahweap Marina was just five miles from where we were staying. We called and made our reservation for the day.
After checking in at the marina and getting our boat, we were off on our own excursion with Captain Firle at the helm. Wahweap Marina had provided us with a map earlier of the most popular sites for boaters. We decided to find our own way, and after about 15 minutes on open water, we found a beach waiting for us that had no other inhabitants. The beach offered up views of skiers and tubers passing by with a tall rock formation back drop. It was a great spot to spend the day playing in the water and relaxing under our canopy.
After eating lunch in our own little oasis, we decided to hop on the boat and motor around for photo opportunities. The great thing about Lake Powell is that there is no shortage of room on the lake; every boater has his/her own space, and it truly makes for a majestic trip.
After about 45 minutes of travel, photos and swimming in the middle of the lake next to the boat we returned to our beach site for more rest and relaxation. A few hours had passed and so did many games of water football and toss. As the sun began to dip behind the rock formations, we were reminded that our day was sadly coming to an end. We packed up all our fun equipment and headed back to the marina.
Lake Powell has many offerings for every type of visitor, whether you want to rent a speedboat for the day or a house boat for several weeks. So even if your stay is for just a day or for an entire week, you’ll still have a great time with family and friends out on the lake.