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Lake Powell Arizona – Photography Hot Spot Location

Lake Powell Photography Hot Spot Location – Lake Powell is a reservoir on the Colorado River, straddling the border between Utah and Arizona. We travel to the Arizona side of the lake. It is a major vacation spot that around 2 million people visit every year so if you go in peak season be prepared for some people to possibly get in the way as you create your images. I went in December. I was the only person there! The bad part was the boats were limited. I also went back in March, and there were boats available to tour the canyons. Lake Powell is a good location, and you can plan to spend two days here on photographing it and the surrounding area. See our other pages that are coming soon – Lee’s Ferry, Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. They are all close to Lake Powell and should be combined to do in a two-day trip, maybe 3. Extra Eyes Photo Tours do a tour here. Visit their website at www.ExtraEyesPhotoTours.com They connect Lake, Powell, Lee’s Ferry area with Sedona Arizona and Oak Creek Canyon.

Lake Powell is filled with sparkling, clear, blue water laps against towering, sheer, red-rock canyon walls and sandy beaches. Power boats and wave runners zip about while houseboats are slowly winding their way deep into side canyons. Lake Powell is 186 miles long.  There are 96 major canyons to explore, but you need a watercraft to visit the majority of them since access is limited due to very few roads. That’s the way to go if you can afford it. You will have the opportunity to create some images like no one else has ever done if you rent a boat and travel through these pristine, reflecting deep blue waters.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, established by Congress in 1972, is the home of Lake Powell. The area is comprised of 1.25 million acres with the lake occupying only 13%, or 161,390 acres, of the total area, which leaves a lot to be explored by four-wheel drive or on foot.

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Photography Information:

Lake Powell is a photography hot spot location that could be the location to create award-winning photography. It is also a good spot as a base for Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, and Lee’s Ferry. Plan on at least two full photography days here at a minimum to explore the area.

Lens:  This is mostly a wide-angle lens location.

Gear: Bring your tripod and your circular polarizing filters. Don’t forget your neutral density filter to do long exposure shots of the moving water.

Gear List at a glance: Circular polarizing filter, neutral density filter, tripod, shutter release.

Shutter Priority Mode is used when our main priority is getting the right shutter speed. Shutter speed controls how fast the shutter opens and closes and is responsible for stopping action and getting crystal clear images when our subjects are moving. To read the basics of shutter priority Go to the Shutter Speed Page.

Shutter speed is used to get the milky water look on moving waters but the best way to do it is to also control your aperture and your shutter which is done in Manual mode. You can read about How to Shoot Waterfall Photography here.

During the day you would also need a neutral density filter when trying to blur the moving waters. Go to the Neutral Density Filter page and read about how to use them.

Aperture Priority Mode is used when our main priority is controlling the depth of field. It is often used for macro or close-up photography on things such as flowers so we can blur the background. It is used in school class photos when we focus on the first row and we want the 3rd row to also be in focus.  If you are not familiar with shooting in aperture priority you can read our Aperture Priority Page here.

Shooting in manual mode is a little more difficult. You will have to adjust your shutter speed and your aperture instead of only setting one and letting the camera do the other. It is used for waterfall photography, night photography, portrait photography and a few other things.

You can read more details about waterfall photography here. You can read about night photography here. They both explain the basics of shooting in manual mode.

Shooting night sky photography is actually very simple. It may appear to be complicated at first glance but if you read our section on Dark Sky Photography you can see how it is not as overwhelming as you would think.

There is also some good information that will be useful on our Dark Sky Photography Information page.

Find a workshop near you. Go to our Photography Workshops page and see if there is something for you. 

Shooting waterfall and milky waters photography require a tripod and some knowledge in shooting in manual mode. We have simplified it for you and you can read all about blurring waters here on our Waterfall Photography page.  You may need a neutral density filter for daytime waterfall photography and you can visit our page on Neutral Density Filters here.

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Park Information:

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

I was here in December and there were no fees off season but double check since the website does not state that.

Entrance Fee: Weekly Passes, Annual Permits and Boating fees.

1-7 Day Vehicle Pass – $15

Admits one single, private, non-commercial vehicle and all its passengers.

1-7 Day Individual Permit – $7 per person

Admits one individual when entering on foot, or bicycle. Not to exceed $15 vehicle fee. Individuals 15 years of age and younger are admitted free.

Individual Permit (organized non-profit groups) – $7 per person

ONLY applies to organized non-profit groups (service organizations, scouts, religious groups, college/school groups not qualifying for a fee waiver). Individuals under the age of 16 are admitted free.

Glen Canyon NRA Annual Pass – $30

Allows unlimited entry to Glen Canyon for 12 months from date of purchase.

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Hotel Information:

You can stay at Lee’s Ferry as your base location for this trip. See the Lee’s Ferry Page for detailed information including great images.

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Camping and House Boat Rentals:


Lees Ferry Campground

· $12 per night / per site

· 55 developed sites – no hookups

Stanton Creek, Hite, Farley Canyon, and Dirty Devil

· $6 Per night/ per person – not to exceed $12 per vehicle

· Primitive Camping

Lone Rock Beach

· $10 per night / per vehicle

· Beach Camping Area

Glen Canyon NRA Back country (Including Lake Powell Shoreline)

· No camping fee is required

· Primitive Camping

Camping is limited to 14 consecutive days, 30 days maximum per season. No camping is permitted at Rainbow Bridge National Monument.

Camping is not subject to fee waivers. A 50% discount applies to holders of the Senior or Access Pass. Holder of the pass must occupy the discounted site. Separate entrance fees apply at Lone Rock, Lees Ferry,and Stanton Creek areas.

Note: Additional developed campgrounds, operated by Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas, are available at Wahweap, Bullfrog, and Halls Crossing. For details and rates call 1-800-528-6154.

Wahweap RV Park & Campground – 928-645-2433
Bullfrog RV Park & Campground – 435-684-3000
Halls Crossing RV Park & Campground – 435-684-7000
Hite RV Park & Campground – 435-684-3103

Back country use in the Orange Cliffs unit of Glen Canyon requires a back country permit from Canyonlands National Park

House Boat Rentals:

Houseboat Lodgings – The first thing you’ll want to decide is what size houseboat you’ll need and what amenities will make your vacation all it can be. Find everything you need to know about each houseboat they offer and the features it includes. You will find Luxury, Deluxe and Economy classes, there’s a boat to fit every budget and lifestyle.

Houseboat Rental Companies

Antelope Point Marina – Lake Powell                            Lake Powell Vacations
537 Marina Parkway N-22-B MP 4                                  550 Haul Road
Page, AZ                                                                               Page, AZ
(928) 645-5900                                                                   (928)-608-0800

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Rivers End Café – 130 6th Ave – Page, AZ 86040 – Phone (928) 645-9175
At Rivers End you can eat healthy and vegan. I suggest you try their: Veggi Hummus Sandwich, Veggi Wrap, or selected healthy salads.

Blue Buddha Sushi Lounge – 644 N Navajo Dr – Page, AZ 86040 – Phone (928) 645-0007
The Blue Buddha Lounge is home to a delicious healthy way of eating; a variety of mouth-watering raw fish, select vegetables, rice and mystical seaweed. The Blue Buddha offers an oriental cuisine that will not be soon forgotten.

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