Stanton Creek campground is one of the most incredible places for camping on the shore of Lake Powell! Camping at Stanton Creek is desert beach camping at its finest, for boondocking, of course. Discover everything you need to know to camp at Stanton Creek, located within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (Lake Powell), one of Utah’s best outdoor recreation destinations.
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Stanton Creek is located within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Utah. The National Park Service manages Glen Canyon NRA.
Since the National Park Service manages the area, if you have the Annual National Park’s Pass ($80/year), the pass covers the $30 entrance fee. If you don’t have the Annual National Park’s Pass, it costs $30 to enter.
Lake Powell is full of opportunities for water sport activities, including boating, house boating, kayaking, and our favorite, stand-up paddleboarding.
There is a lot of opportunity for primitive camping on the shore of Lake Powell because this reservoir has almost 2,000 miles of shoreline.
One of our favorite places to camp at Lake Powell is at Stanton Creek!
Stanton Creek is a dispersed camping area near the Bullfrog Marina in Utah.
It costs $12 per day to camp at Stanton Creek per car.
Bring cash or a check to pay. Since it is a primitive campground, you have to fill out the envelopes provided at the self-serve stations.
Stanton Creek campground is tent and RV-friendly.
There are some places where you will want to be sure you have 4WD to camp and boondock.
At Stanton Creek campground, you can camp on the shore of Lake Powell – simply the best!
Going towards the Bullfrog Marina in Utah, once you pass the entrance fee station, follow the road towards the lake. There will be a left-hand turn at the top of the hill (by the dumpsters). Turn left and follow this dirt road. It will take you to the shores of Lake Powell.
If you see the paved left-hand turn by the school, you have gone too far! Turn around; the turn is the left onto the gravel road at the top of the hill.
Grab a self-serve fee station payment while you’re on your way into the dispersed camping area. There is a fee station along the gravel road.
Yes, campfires are allowed at Lake Powell. Be sure to bring firewood as there is none to collect in the area.
Cell phone reception is hit and miss near Stanton Creek. Plan to unplug while you’re camping at Lake Powell.
One of the best parts about camping at Lake Powell is shoreline camping and being so close to the water! You can quickly launch your watercraft of choice.
We love to stand-up paddleboard! Especially in the morning before the afternoon winds pick up. Lake Powell is one of the best places to stand-up paddleboard in Utah!
Since this area is in the arid West, late spring through early summer and then the fall are the best times to camp.
The summers can get triple-digit hot, but you might enjoy camping here in the summer if that doesn’t bother you.
Be mindful of the wind and weather while out on the water too. Sometimes, Lake Powell gets crazy windstorms!
Plan to pack and bring all your camping essentials. Since there are no facilities, you’ll want to bring all of your food, water, firewood, fire starter (it would totally stink to be in the middle of nowhere without a lighter), and gear.
Below are a few of our favorite items to pack for Lake Powell!
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We hope you have an excellent trip camping at Stanton Creek campground! This is one of our favorite places to go camping on the shore of Lake Powell.
Thanks for reading.
Ashlee & Pablo
Are you planning a camping trip in Utah? You might also like our other articles on primitive camping or recreating at Lake Powell.
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I’m a travel and outdoor recreation writer with dreams to inspire happiness through an outdoorsy lifestyle. I want to help people live their best life by sharing free adventure guides. The USA has been my backyard most of my life, and it’s the place where you’ll find most of our escapades! I’m married to an expat Argentine, chihuahua Mom, and am passionate about the environment. I hold a BS degree in Biology and MS in Environmental Policy & Sustainability. We camp in our Aliner often, love road trips, hiking, and SUP’ing!