When you visit Lake Powell we suggest that the Bullfrog Marina is the best place to access the lake, and that Ticaboo will be a great place to obtain lodging and other services while visiting this marina. Here’s some information to support our recommendation.
Like an oasis in the red rock desert, Lake Powell beckons visitors with its sparkling blue waters and nearly 2,000 miles of shoreline. Surrounded by inviting beaches, and spectacular sandstone cliffs and canyons, the 186-mile lake is a haven for water sports, boating, fishing, and outdoor enthusiasts. Splash in Lake Powell’s welcoming waters, lounge on the red sand beaches, hike and explore the towering red rock canyons, or launch your sea kayak or boat from Bullfrog Marina’s six-lane ramp for endless fun and outdoor adventures. For even more fun in the sun, Bullfrog Marina offers personal watercraft rentals, houseboat charters, and half or full-day tours of Lake Powell to popular sights such as Rainbow Bridge National Monument.
From Bullfrog Marina it’s just a 12-mile drive north on UT-276 to Ticaboo, a great home base for Lake Powell visitors. Here you’ll find lodging and RV services at the Ticaboo Resort, a café, and a gas station, plus year-round boat storage options just south on UT-276. Coupled with nearby Bullfrog Marina’s amenities, which include a general store, gift shop, picnic area, post office, gas station, and visitor center, you’ll have just about everything you need within reach for exploring this scenic region.
Ticaboo’s central location to Lake Powell, and to the southern end of Capitol Reef National Park, makes it an ideal place to stay. Ticaboo is conveniently located on UT-276, so if you’re heading down from Hanksville through Capitol Reef National Park, Ticaboo is a convenient stopover on the way to Lake Powell. You can also reach UT-276 from Capitol Reef National Park by heading southeast along the scenic Bullfrog-Notom Road/Burr Trail for easy access to both Ticaboo and Lake Powell’s Bullfrog Marina. From the junction of Bullfrog-Notom Road/Burr Trail and UT-276, head slightly north to Ticaboo, or south to reach Bullfrog Marina. UT-276 ends right at Bullfrog Marina’s boat launch ramp.
Travelers can ferry across Lake Powell from Bullfrog Marina to Hall’s Crossing, where UT-276 continues through Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The John Atlantic Burr Ferry can carry up to 150-foot passengers and bikes, and up to 22 passenger vehicles, RVs, and trailers on a first-come, first-served basis. Crossings are typically available four to five times daily during the spring, summer, and early fall. It takes just under half an hour to make the three-mile ferry crossing from Bullfrog Marina to Hall’s Crossing. Keep in mind, with its proximity to Arizona, that the John Atlantic Burr Ferry and Bullfrog Marina operate on Utah time. Bullfrog Marina is 95 lake miles from Glen Canyon Dam.