Springing to life in the early 1960s, following the completion of the Glen Canyon Dam, Lake Powell sits on the border of Utah and Arizona. Attracting millions of visitors each year, this sprawling reservoir is perhaps best known for its difficult-to-beat conditions for water sports of all flavors – though the brilliant red cliffs surrounding its glassy surface boast plenty of appeal for nature lovers and adventure seekers too.

Houseboat vacations on Lake Powell

While there are countless places to stay in and around Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, few options prove as memorable as a houseboat. These on-the-water vacation home rentals serve up a laid-back base for getaways with family and friends, not to mention a host of home-style comforts and easy access to a spectacular lineup of natural attractions. Not much of a seafarer? A basic boating lesson and driver’s license is all you’ll need to get started.

What amenities do Lake Powell houseboats include?

That depends on the size of houseboat you choose, though even the more economical, small houseboat rentals come complete with a comfy stateroom and kitchen facilities. Most include a gas grill and waterslide too. You might choose to go larger, and a little more upmarket, by renting a luxury houseboat on Lake Powell, these impressive 75-footers featuring most of the amenities of home – along with the option to add fun extras like hot tubs and jet skis to your rental.

Best time to take Lake Powell houseboat vacations

While vacations at Lake Powell are something of a year-round affair, summer rentals are an ever-popular choice, so remember to book early to score your favorite boat – then get ready to enjoy long, sunny days, breathtaking sunsets, and an exciting parade of water sports. The cost of Lake Powell houseboat rentals is often lower in spring and fall, these seasons also perfect if you prefer things just a little cooler. Winter brings with it a quiet solitude that’s adored by loved-up couples and anglers alike.

Where to find houseboat rentals on Lake Powell

While several marinas serve Lake Powell, houseboat rentals are only offered at the full-service Wahweap, Bullfrog, and Antelope Point Marinas – others providing services like fuel, groceries, and boat slips. All the marinas that offer houseboat rentals also have a selection of personal watercraft, such as jet skis, fishing boats, and kayaks, which can be added to your rental agreement and towed behind your houseboat.

Activities at Lake Powell

Whether you’re hanging out on or off the water, Lake Powell houseboat vacations are your ticket to a generous helping of & R. Whether you take things slow or seek out the adventure of a lifetime, discover amazing Arizona or explore unspoiled Utah, is up to you.

Fun on the water in a Lake Powell houseboat

Life on the water at Lake Powell promises all the relaxation you can handle, whether that comes courtesy of swimming at Lone Rock Beach or catching trout below the Glen Canyon Dam. Meanwhile, stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking can be a memorable way to explore Lake Powell’s labyrinth of side canyons – not to mention the perfect opportunity to get off the grid and enjoy a bit of “me time.” For those with adventure on the menu, activities like tubing and water skiing are readily available in the warmer months.

Attractions in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

A houseboat rental is undeniably the best way to explore Lake Powell’s almost 2,000 miles of shoreline, though the surrounding desert and cliff-rich terrain of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area serves up plenty of reasons to head onshore for a while. With a Navajo Nation permit, you’ll be able to hike to bucket list-topping sights like Rainbow Bridge and Antelope Canyon – the former, the world’s tallest natural bridge, and the latter, Northern Arizona’s most photographed slot canyon. A jaunt to Page, on the other hand, puts the short trails to Glen Canyon Dam Overlook and the Hanging Gardens within easy reach.