Stanton Creek Camping on the Shore of Lake Powell

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 Campground dispersed camping

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Stanton Creek Glen Canyon National Rec Area, UT

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.

Shore Camping at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

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.

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Hanging out on the shore of Lake Powell

Stanton Creek Primitive Campground – Glen Canyon NRA

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.

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Camping on the shore of Lake Powell at sunset

How Much Does It Cost to Camp at Lake Powell?

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 Primitive Beach Camping Details

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.

  • Reservations: None, first come, first serve
  • Campsites: No designated campsites, open space dispersed camping
  • Water: None available
  • Electricity: None
  • Bathrooms: No showers, no flushing toilets. Vault toilets available seasonally. Bring your own toilet paper!
  • Toilets: If vault toilets are not in operation, visitors must bring their own toilet system. If not in RV, we recommend bringing wag bags. A toilet is required to be within 200 yards of your campsite.
  • Dogs Allowed: Yes
  • Wood for campfires available: None, bring firewood
  • Time restrictions for stay: Yes, no more than 14 consecutive days allowed

At Stanton Creek campground, you can camp on the shore of Lake Powell – simply the best!

Stanton Creek Campground Map

How to Get to Stanton Creek Campground

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.

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Turn off (here) and overlook at the top of the hill for the Stanton Creek campground area

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.

Are Campfires Allowed at Lake Powell?

Yes, campfires are allowed at Lake Powell. Be sure to bring firewood as there is none to collect in the area.

Is There Cell Phone Reception at Lake Powell?

Cell phone reception is hit and miss near Stanton Creek. Plan to unplug while you’re camping at Lake Powell.

Stand-up Paddle Boarding 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!

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Stand-up paddleboarding near Stanton Creek campground

What is the Best Time of Year to Camp at Stanton Creek?

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!

What Should I Pack for Camping at Stanton Creek?

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.

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Sunny, the Chihuahua, in his Ruffwear hanging out on the shore

Favorite Items to Pack for Lake Powell

Below are a few of our favorite items to pack for Lake Powell!

Hanging Around the Campfire

Stand-up Paddleboarding Gear

Staying Clean

Other Camp Essentials

You might also be interested in more of our camping articles to help you plan in detail what to take car camping at Stanton Creek:

Best Camping on the Shore of Lake Powell

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


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About The Author

Ashlee Fechino

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!

10 COMMENTS

  1. Cristina Sala | 29th Mar 21

    Que belleza el Lago Powell. Me encanto verlo a Sunny disfrutando tambien y de campamento

    • Ashlee Fechino | 31st Mar 21

      ¡Hola Cristina! Gracias por leer. Sí, ¡a Sunny también le encanta el desierto y el lago!

  2. Jamie Sharpe | 31st Mar 21

    This is fantastic, I’ve been looking for domestic trips until the international lockdowns have been listed. Will go check it out!

    • Ashlee Fechino | 2nd Apr 21

      Hi Jamie – thanks for reading. Hope you have a nice time.

  3. Julia | 1st Apr 21

    Lake Powell is so beautiful! What a dream to camp there! I also love the idea of taking your own paddle board and getting out on the water. Brilliant!

    • Ashlee Fechino | 2nd Apr 21

      Hi Julia – it is so much fun to camp along the shoreline. Yes, so great to have your own gear to SUP and enjoy the lake.

  4. Denise | 1st Apr 21

    I’ve always wanted to stand-up paddle! I’m sure it looks easier than it is 🙂

    • Ashlee Fechino | 2nd Apr 21

      Hi Denise – you should try it. Flat water first! 🙂

  5. Sarah | 1st Apr 21

    Omg Ashlee! This is totally right up my alley! We messaged about SUP on IG and this looks like the perfect place for a newbie to start (me! haha). This is the perfect outdoor getaway! Jealous!

    • Ashlee Fechino | 2nd Apr 21

      Hey Sarah! Yes, I remember 😀 You’ll have to try to SUP this summer when it warms up. Look forward to hearing about it if you go!

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