Camping - Lodging
There are hotels and motels in nearby Page, AZ and on Lake Powell with something for every taste and price range. For more information and a complete list. Click for Rates, availability and reservation online
Campgrounds Operated by National Park Service
Lees Ferry Campground - 55 designated sites. No hookups. Grills provided, no open fires. Quiet time 10pm-6am. Modern bathroom/comfort station, potable water available, launch ramp 2 miles. Gas and supply store at Marble Canyon, about 5 miles away. No reservations. $12 per night.
Lone Rock Beach Primitive Camping
Primitive camping is on a sandy beach or in dunes. No designated campsites. Open fires permitted, must be within four foot squared area. Quiet time 10pm-6am. 4 micro flush toilets, 6 vault toilets, 1 comfort station/wheelchair accessible, outdoor cold shower, Off Road Vehicle area, dump station, potable water (seasonal), and day use area. No launch ramp. $10 per night. No reservations.
Stanton Creek Primitive Camping - Primitive camping is on a sandy beach. No designated campsites. $6 Per night/ per person - not to exceed $12 per vehicle No reservations.
Campgrounds Operated by the Park's Consessioner
Wahweap Developed Camping - 112 dry campsites (no hook-ups), 90 full hook-ups, and 6 group camping sites. Facilities include restrooms, laundry, showers, store, phones, dump station and potable water. The amphitheater, picnic area and swim beach are nearby. To make reservations for full hook-ups call 800-528-6154. To make reservations for group camping, call 928-645-1059. Reservations are not taken for dry campsites. Fees vary.
Bullfrog & Halls Crossing Developed Camping
Bullfrog: 78 sites, restroom, phones, dump station, potable water station, ? mile to laundry, store and post office and launch ramp. No reservations. Fees apply. The concessioner also operates a seperate RV park. 24 sites, full hookups, restrooms, and showers. ? mile to laundry, store, post office. No launch ramp. For reservations call 800-528-6154. Fees apply.
Halls Crossing: 63 sites, 2 group sites, dump station, potable water, cold shower. Laundry , store, gas, phone, ? mile. The concessioner also operates an RV park with 32 full hook-up sites. ? mile to store, laundry, and showers. For reservations call 800-528-6154. Fees apply.
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 give fishing information.
In an emergency you will need to report your location on Marine Band 16 or call 1-800-528-4351.
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 100 600 feet deep. It is recommended that you anchor on a beach for the night as high winds can move boats into rocks causing damage. There are no motor vehicles, ORV’s 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 are within 200 yards of the campsite. Regular water quality checks are done 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 plastic bags unless it is a NPS approved Waste Bag Containment System, which must be disposed of 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 jet-ski lines to houseboat anchor lines as they can cause the anchor lines to come loose. Do not camp under overhanging rocks as down pouring rain can sink a vessel. Ground fires of only wood are allowed below the high water line. Fires must be contained to 4 feet wide and 4 feet high. Fireworks are illegal.
Rules, Regulations, Precautions
Anyone camping within 1/4 mile of Lake Powell is required to carry and use a portable toilet unless their boats or campers are self-contained or toilets are available on the beach. Several commercial portable toilets are available from a variety of sources. Because plastic bags clog and incapacitate portable toilet dump stations, homemade devices such as plastic bag-lined buckets or cans are not acceptable. Also, plastic bags or other containers contaminated with human wastes cannot legally be disposed of in dumpsters.
If designated campsites are available, utilize them. (In some areas this may be required.) Otherwise, choose a site at least 100 ft. from water sources on bare sand or slickrock where plants and soils will not be disturbed. Do not "remodel" the site by leveling, digging trenches, or cutting branches or trees. Such actions are prohibited.
Fires leave unsightly soot marks and damage soil organisms. Cutting wood harms trees and is often prohibited. Gathering dead and down wood upsets the delicate balance of an area. Desert plants and wildlife depend on this dead wood for homes and sustenance. Bring along a small campstove and use it. In the Escalante subdistrict NO ground fires are allowed.
Even in areas where campfires are allowed, try camping without one. Your eyes will become attuned to the night, and soon you will be able to see well. You become a part of the night, and you get a much better view of that oldest of light shows - the stars.
When breaking camp, leave everything as you found it. This will be easy if you practiced minimal-impact camping and disturbed little in the first place! Brush out tracks and scatter leaves, twigs, or sand around the campsite. ALL litter MUST be packed out, with nothing burned or buried. PACK IT IN; PACK IT OUT! Remember, what you leave behind speaks more loudly than any words.
Personal sanitation and waste disposal require special attention in the backcountry. The desert is dry. This means ANYTHING you leave behind will more likely be preserved before it decomposes. All human wastes should be deposited in a portable toilet or otherwise removed from desert soils. Pack out wastes and toilet paper, and deposit in an appropriate receptacle.
Potable water is a precious and necessary source of water for desert wildlife. If you pollute that source or otherwise make it unavailable, you have just made life that much harder for them.
When washing anything, including yourself, use only biodegradable soap and pour wash water on the ground away from other water. Washing should be done at least 100 ft from any water source, including potholes.
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Books & Intro. Packages
The Boater's Guide & Map Intro. Package to Lake Powell includes detailed information, maps and black and white photographs of Lake Powell. Click here to review.
Lake Mead Guide & Map Intro. Package -Click here to review.
Glen Canyon NRA Map: Capitol Reef NP & Rainbow Bridge NRA included.Click here to review
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