Watersports & Boating Near Kanab Utah

There are tons of places for watersports and Boating near Kanab, Utah. If you are a summertime person and love being in the water, then you will love living in Kanab, Utah. Water skiers, wake boarders, houseboat owners, personal watercraft riders, and other personal water craft owners, will love the easy access to some of the best water sports in the south west.

Lake Powell

Lake Powell is a reservoir on the Colorado River, straddling the border between Utah and Arizona (most of it, along with Rainbow Bridge, is in Utah). It is a major vacation spot that around 2 million people visit every year. It is the second largest man-made reservoir in maximum water capacity in the United States behind Lake Mead, storing 24,322,000 acre feet (3.0001×1010 m3) of water when full. Current water levels, however, put Lake Powell ahead of Lake Mead in water volume and surface area. Lake Powell was created by the flooding of Glen Canyon by the controversial Glen Canyon Dam, which also led to the creation of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, a popular summer destination. The reservoir is named for explorer John Wesley Powell, a one-armed American Civil War veteran who explored the river via three wooden boats in 1869. In 1972, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area was established. It is public land managed by the National Park Service, and available to the public for recreational purposes. It lies in parts of Garfield, Kane, and San Juan counties in southern Utah, and Coconino County in northern Arizona. The northern limits of the lake extend at least as far as the Hite Crossing Bridge. A map centered at the confluence of the Escalante River 37°17′22″N 110°52′20″W with the Colorado River gives a good view of the extent of the lake.

Panguitch Lake

Panguitch Lake is a natural 1,250 acre lake surrounded mostly by lava flows and some forest. A mountain retreat flanked by aspens, spruce and ponderosa pines, the lake was appropriately named by the Paiute Indians -- Panguitch means "BIG FISH."

The lake is a popular fishing lake with rainbow, brook, cutthroat, and brown trout thriving in its cool waters. There are two public boat ramps and a fish cleaning station.

Deer and elk can usually be seen in the early morning hours or late afternoons. Ice fishing is great.

On the southwest edge of the lake Blue Springs Lodge provides a great escape destination, offering cozy cabins and great fishing. Northwest of the lake, on Northshore Road.

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Sand Hollow Reservoir

Utah's newest state park (as of 2009), Sand Hollow State Park is popular for its warm, blue waters and red sandstone surroundings. Boating and fishing are popular, including some great bass fishing. Sand Hollow State Park is popular for its warm, blue waters and red sandstone surroundings. Boating and fishing are popular, as is off-road touring on the dunes of Sand Mountain.

Gunlock Reservoir

Gunlock Reservoir is situated among small hills and moderate vegetation. Gunlock State Park on its southern shore has a boat ramp and a primitive campground with vault toilets. The reservoir is popular with boaters.

The name Gunlock is the same as the small farming community one mile to the north. William Haynes Hamblin (nicknamed Will or Bill), a Mormon pioneer born in Ohio, settled in the present area of the lake in 1857. Gunlock Will was a good hunter and sharpshooter, and was skillful in repairing gunlocks, which are the firing mechanisms for muzzleloaders.

The county road to the park is the Old Spanish Trail used by horsemen and raiders from Sante Fe, New Mexico to Los Angeles from the 1820's until the gold fields became the destination after 1849 and a shorter route was taken.

Gunlock Reservoir dam was constructed in 1970 for irrigation water and flood control.

Opened to the public as a state park in 1970.
Park Elevation: 3,600 feet

Navajo Lake is a pretty 1,500 acre natural lake (3 miles long) surrounded by forested hills.


Otter Creek Reservoir

Otter Creek Reservoir offers year-round fishing and boating on 3,120-acres of water. Camping and picnicking units, modern rest rooms with hot showers, fish cleaning and sewage disposal stations, boat launching ramp and courtesy docks are available.

Quail Creek Reservoir

Quail Creek Reservoir is attractively situated beneath red rock cliff walls. It is popular with boaters and offers some decent fishing. Quail Creek State Park along its southwestern shore offers a paved boat ramp, picnic area, swimming beach and a modern campground.

Upper & Lower Enterprise Reservoirs

The Enterprise Reservoirs are pleasantly situated with pine and cedar-covered mountains as a backdrop. The south side of the lake has wide open beaches. The Upper Reservoir provides good fishing. A forest service campground is along the shore.

Wide Hollow Reservoir

The Wide Hollow Reservoir in Escalante State Park is a popular local recreation spot offering fishing, swimming and boating opportunities. The reservoir has good fishing for rainbow trout. Canoes can be rented along the shore. This surrounding park features colorful deposits of mineralized wood.

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