Lake Powell Wahweap

Wahweap Marina, located near Page, Arizona, is the largest marina site on Lake Powell. It offers a wide variety of visitor services and opportunities for recreation. The city of Page also offers numerous visitor services and is the site of Glen Canyon Dam.


Wahweap Marina was named for Wahweap Canyon, a side canyon of the Colorado River now covered by Lake Powell. "Wahweap" is a Paiute word meaning bitter or alkali water. In the days before Glen Canyon dam, this was a favorite stopping place for river runners on the Colorado, as well as a favorite camping spot for cowboys running cattle in the area. Both the marina and the city of Page owe their existence to Glen Canyon dam. Prior to the 1960's neither existed.

Wahweap Today

Carl Hayden Visitor Center, located next to Glen Canyon Dam, is staffed by the National Park Service and open daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. It offers information, films, a relief map, and views of the dam and surrounding landscape from its observation deck. Free dam tours are available daily.

The National Park Service also provides a self-service ranger station at Wahweap, drinking water, restrooms, free boat pump-out stations, picnic area with grills, fish-cleaning station, and ranger programs in the summer.

Wahweap Marina, 5.5 miles (8.9km) from the visitor center along Lakeshore Drive, is operated by ARAMARK, the park concessioner. It provides a variety of services, including: lodging, food services, gift shops, 2 campgrounds (one with hook-ups), laundry, showers, and a service station. Full marina services include: slips, buoys, boat rentals, tours, repairs, dry storage and fueling.

The city of Page, 2 miles (3.2km) from the dam and visitor center, has stores, motels, restaurants, churches, hospital, and museum. Page can be reached by surfaced roads year-round, and by air from Phoenix.

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