Buoys — green and black — indicate mileage points and the main channel or deepest part of the lake at that point. There are also red buoys showing mileage up lake from the dam … roughly six miles to Wahweap, 18 to Padre Bay, 50 miles to Rainbow Bridge, 95 to Bullfrog Bay, 120 to Good Hope Bay and 140 to Hite.
The lower water level has also uncovered heretofore forgotten wonders, such as Rock Creek Canyon, Clear Creek Canyon, Cathedral in the Desert and Anasazi Canyon.
In a cove at Rock Creek there is an arch near the water level now that allows a small craft to pass under and float in a 100-foot dip in the rock. A few years back it was buried by water. It's located near buoy No. 36.
Cathedral in the Desert is a three-sided grotto. Most years it's flooded. It is considered one of the most spectacular rock formations in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. It is located in Clear Creek Canyon at buoy No. 69.
Anasazi Canyon features a double arch that can only be seen at low water. The canyon is located at buoy No. 52.
There are, of course, other coves, slot canyons and secluded bays to explore on a lake reported to have more shoreline — more than 2,000 miles — than the entire West Coast.
With schools starting and visitation slowing, there are some inherent advantages to lake visits as fall begins to set in.
Fall colors are more vivid because of the angle of the sun and the reflections off the water imaging the rich canyon walls and contrasting green vegetations and red sandy beaches.
It is also a time when the lake concessionaires begin to offer off-season deals.
For example, explains Cathy McKeever, director of sales and marketing for ARAMARK, the lake's main concessionaire, the company is offering its deluxe 75-foot Excursion with, among other things, five bedrooms, hot tub and satellite TV for three nights and four days for $1,999. During the summer season it rents for $9,000 for the four days.
Another program involves its 46-foot Voyager for two nights and three days for $799. During the summer season it rents for $2,230 for three days.
For more information on Lake Powell, visit www.lakepowell.com.
It's true the lake level is down and it presents some challenges. It's also true the lake is large enough and still holds enough water to uphold its reputation as Utah's No. 1 vacation spot.
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