Boating in Wahweap
One of the most scenic lakes of the American West, Lake Powell has 185 miles of clear sapphire waters edged with vast canyons of red and orange rock. Ninety-six major side canyons intricately twist and turn into the main channel of Lake Powell, into what was once the main artery of the Colorado River through Glen Canyon. In some places the lake is 500 feet deep, and by June the lake's waters begin to warm and stay that way well into October.
Wahweap Marina. The largest and most impressive of the five full-service Lake Powell marinas run by Aramark's Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas has more than 900 slips and the most facilities, including a decent diner, public launch ramp, camping, extensive docks, fishing guide and private tour services, and a marina store, where you can buy fishing licenses and other necessities. It's the only full-service marina on the Arizona side of the lake (the other four—Dangling Rope, Hite, Bullfrog, and Halls Crossing—are in Utah). 100 Lake Shore Dr., Wahweap, AZ, 86040. 888/896–3829. www.lakepowell.com/executive-marina.aspx.
Lake Powell Resort. Excursions on double-decker scenic cruisers piloted by experienced guides leave from the dock of Lake Powell Resort. The most popular tour is the full-day trip to Rainbow Bridge National Monument for $125 (a box lunch is included); a half-day version is available, too. There's also a two-hour sunset dinner cruise ($75) featuring a prime-rib dinner (vegetarian option available in advance). It's served on the fully enclosed decks of the sleek and modern Canyon Princess ship. Two-hour Antelope Canyon cruises are another favorite, costing about $45, and there's also a longer and more extensive Canyon Adventure tour that visits both Antelope Canyon and Navajo Canyon for $70. Tours generally run spring through early fall. 100 Lake Shore Dr., Wahweap, AZ, 86040. 928/645–2433 or 888/896–3829. www.lakepowell.com/tours/scenic-boat-tours.aspx. From $45 per person.