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The Beauty of Lake Powell


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Lake Powell was formed by the Glen Canyon Dam, built at Page, Arizona in 1963; it is just upriver from the Grand Canyon. Although a portion of the Lake is in Arizona, most of it is in Utah.
It is the second largest man-made lake in the US, almost 200 miles long (322km) with a coastline of nearly 2000 miles (3219km). Ninety six major side canyons twist into the main channel of the Lake; some are 15-20 miles long (24-32km).

The dominant formation is Navajo sandstone, made of ancient sand dunes hardened into rock by pressure from deposits above them. The deposits eventually wore away and exposed the sandstone, which has been sculptured by water, wind, and time into the current formations. The brilliant red, pink, and brown canyon walls can rise hundreds of feet straight up.
A surprise arch
A surprise arch
Lake, mountain, and sky
Lake, mountain, and sky
Hiking up from the houseboat
Hiking up from the houseboat
Dominguez Butte
Dominguez Butte
Hiking in Glen Canyon
Hiking in Glen Canyon
Dangling Rope
Dangling Rope
Monumental Hike
Monumental Hike
Mountain Sheep
Mountain Sheep
On the Lake
On the Lake
Ripples in the water and lake bed
Ripples in the water and lake bed
A fine view
A fine view
Later in the day
Later in the day
Fish sunbathing
Fish sunbathing
A hiking break
A hiking break
Swirls
Swirls
Fantasy in Rocks
Fantasy in Rocks
Burying an anchor
Burying an anchor
Anchors are buried
Anchors are buried
The boat is secure
The boat is secure
The Arch
The Arch
Opposing walls
Opposing walls
Margaritas on the rear deck
Margaritas on the rear deck
Narrowing side canyon
Narrowing side canyon
Monument
Monument
In a side canyon
In a side canyon
Cabin in West Canyon
Cabin in West Canyon
Vistas
Vistas
Found something
Found something
Home for a week
Home for a week
Cold outside
Cold outside
Fellow traveller
Fellow traveller
The daily hike
The daily hike
Layers of Glen Canyon
Layers of Glen Canyon
At the end of Face Canyon
At the end of Face Canyon
Mountain Sheep
Mountain Sheep
Sign of the rising Lake
Sign of the rising Lake
Powell beauty
Powell beauty
Patterns in the sandstone
Patterns in the sandstone
Looking down at the arch
Looking down at the arch
Yippee-ki-yay
Yippee-ki-yay
Heron or egret
Heron or egret
Swirls
Swirls
Boat shadows
Boat shadows
A Natural Arch
A Natural Arch
The Arch
The Arch
Poetry in rocks
Poetry in rocks
Daily Hike
Daily Hike
Monument
Monument
Rock monument
Rock monument
Small cove
Small cove
Start of a hike
Start of a hike
In a Side Canyon
In a Side Canyon
Mermaid on an island
Mermaid on an island
The storm came later...
The storm came later...
Pale
Pale
Lakeside
Lakeside
Near port
Near port
Island in a side canyon
Island in a side canyon
On a hike
On a hike
White Rocks
White Rocks
Transportation on the Lake
Transportation on the Lake
The Photographer's Photographer
The Photographer's Photographer
Old Miner's Cabin and Corral
Old Miner's Cabin and Corral
Through the Arch
Through the Arch
Corral next to old miner's cabin
Corral next to old miner's cabin
Our houseboat's home
Our houseboat's home
Flag
Flag
Patterned Wall
Patterned Wall
Home for a week
Home for a week
Miner's Cabin
Miner's Cabin
Lake Powell
Lake Powell
Small Island
Small Island
Rock patterns
Rock patterns
Hanging
Hanging
Small butte
Small butte
Evening from the boat
Evening from the boat
Swirling Ground
Swirling Ground
The W
The W
Late evening
Late evening
Hiker in Red
Hiker in Red
Odd formations
Odd formations
Lone Bush
Lone Bush
A day on the Lake
A day on the Lake
On the rocks
On the rocks
Into the storm
Into the storm
Moon Rising
Moon Rising
Desert Varnish
Desert Varnish
Canyon beauty
Canyon beauty
Formations
Formations
A family posing near Rainbow Bridge
A family posing near Rainbow Bridge
Agave
Agave
At Sunset
At Sunset
Monument
Monument
Big one
Big one
Canyon Wall
Canyon Wall
Layers of Glen Canyon
Layers of Glen Canyon
From the deck
From the deck
Side Canyon
Side Canyon
Towing toys
Towing toys
Near Sunset
Near Sunset
Good day hike
Good day hike
Cabin and Corral
Cabin and Corral
Near the marina
Near the marina
On the Lake
On the Lake
Clouds coming in
Clouds coming in
Side canyon
Side canyon
Vista
Vista
Home
Home
Canyon Wall
Canyon Wall
The daily hike
The daily hike
Houseboat on the Lake
Houseboat on the Lake
The Arch
The Arch
Nice day for a stroll
Nice day for a stroll
Storm hiking
Storm hiking
Mountain on Powell
Mountain on Powell
Glen Canyon Dam
Glen Canyon Dam
Small houseboat
Small houseboat
On the daily hike
On the daily hike
Rock Patterns
Rock Patterns