June 12, 2014
Here in Bryce Canyon Country’s high desert, water is precious but there are still plenty of spots to enjoy your favorite water activities. From world class fishing in high alpine lakes to waterfalls and white water rapids, come get wet in Bryce Canyon Country.
The Sevier River’s Class II and III rapids offer some of the best river rafting in Utah. Let local guides navigate your party on a wild white water ride down river, backed by incredible scenery and geologic history—or take in the gorgeous mountain scenery as you relax on the cool water in a lazy river float. Learn to paddle in mild moving water, stop for a swim, and then get ready for a wild ride on the rapids like Big Daddy and Rock Garden. A Bryce Canyon Country river rafting trip is a great bonding adventure for families, employees, youth groups and friends—or join other individuals for a guided adventure.
With a name that means “big fish” in Paiute, it’s no wonder anglers come to Panguitch Lake in search of the big catch. At 8,400 feet, Panguitch Lake offers world class fishing and boating, and a cool respite from summer’s heat in the heart of Dixie National Forest. The lake at Duck Creek Village, within easy driving distance from Bryce Canyon, also offers excellent rainbow trout fishing, plus boat rentals. Boating is also popular in Wide Hollow Reservoir, adjacent to Escalante Petrified Forest State Park. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area’s crowning jewel, Lake Powell, is the second largest man-made lake in the U.S. with over 2,000 miles of shoreline. Lake Powell accommodates all types of recreational watercraft, from fishing boats to houseboats. Launch points around Lake Powell include Antelope Point, Bullfrog Marina, Hall’s Crossing, Hite Marina, and Wahweap Marina.
With its painted desert backdrop, Lake Powell is one of the prettiest places to cool off and beat the heat. Lone Rock Beach is one of the most popular swimming spots, with a sandy beach, easy access to the water and its scenic namesake rock rising from the water. South of Lone Rock Beach, The Coves is another Lake Powell swimming hotspot, a short series of canyons that requires some slickrock hiking to reach the water. Wahweap Beach is another sandy stretch of beach with easy access to water, and a the nearby marina has a boat launch, campground and restaurants. Look for designated swimming areas, and remember there are no lifeguards on duty.
One of the highlights of the Calf Creek Recreation Area (managed by the BLM) is Calf Creek Falls. Set between Navajo sandstone cliffs and amongst juniper and pinyon trees, the roundtrip hike to the upper and lower falls is about 5.5 miles. Lower Calf Creek Falls is a stunning 126-foot waterfall. The trail to Lower Calf Creek Falls is sandy and moderately strenuous but well worth the reward of mist from the falls and canyon shade that provides a cool respite from the heat. Upper Calf Creek Falls is about a one mile further, over difficult slickrock terrain.
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