Best Lake Powell Camping on the Beach

Discover all of the best Lake Powell camping areas to camp right on the beach! With almost 2,000 miles of shoreline, Lake Powell makes for breathtaking waterfront camping. Discover some of the best camping in Utah and Arizona located in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (NRA).


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Lake Powell Camping

Camping at Lake Powell is a fun desert escape! The entire area has incredible desert views full of red rock, sandstone, and blue skies. You can count on sunny days and drier weather in the arid West.

We’ll talk about all the best Lake Powell camping spots, including beach camping, primitive camping, how much it costs, and much more. Continue reading for details!

How Much Does It Cost to Enter Glen Canyon National Recreation Area?

As of 2021, it costs:

  • $55 – for the annual Glen Canyon National Recreation Area pass
  • America the Beautiful National Park Pass – pass is accepted
  • $30 – entrance fee for one week if no annual pass

For more information on fees, visit the National Park Service.

Where to Beach Camp at Lake Powell

Beach camping at Lake Powell is one of the best things about recreating at Glen Canyon NRA. The five (5) campgrounds and camping areas below offer shoreline camping.

Stanton Creek Campground Details

  • No reservations, first come, first serve
  • Primitive camping, undesignated spots
  • No facilities or electricity
  • No water
  • No showers
  • Vault toilets seasonally, bring your own toilet paper
  • Toilet required within 200 yards of a campsite, if don’t have RV, bring wag bags or another portable toilet option
  • Cost $12 per night
  • Dogs allowed
  • Campfires allowed
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Primitive camping at Lake Powell Utah

Lone Rock Beach Campground Details

  • No reservations, first come, first serve
  • Primitive camping, undesignated spots
  • Water seasonally available
  • Outdoor cold shower seasonally available
  • Vault toilets seasonally, bring your own toilet paper
  • Flush toilets seasonally
  • Toilet required within 200 yards of a campsite, if don’t have RV, bring wag bags or another portable toilet option
  • Cost $14 per night
  • Dogs allowed
  • Campfires allowed
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Swimming at Lake Powell from the Stanton Creek Campground shore

Wahweap Campground and RV Park Details

  • Reservations allowed – see www.lakepowell.com for reservations
  • Dry campsites and RV full hook-ups
  • Water available
  • Showers available year-round
  • Flush toilets year-round
  • Cost varies for dry campsites or full hook-ups
  • Dogs allowed
  • Campfires allowed

Bullfrog Campground Details

  • No reservations to dry camp! First come, first serve
  • Yes – reservations for RV hook up – see www.lakepowell.com for reservations
  • Dry campsites and RV full hook-ups
  • Water available
  • Showers available year-round
  • Flush toilets year-round
  • Cost varies for dry campsites or full hook-ups
  • Dogs allowed
  • Campfires allowed
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Stand-up paddleboarding near Bullfrog Marina shoreline

Halls Crossing Campground and RV Park Details

You have to ride the ferry from Bullfrog Marina to get to the Halls Crossing Campground area! Contact the Bullfrog Marina ahead of time to arrange travel to Halls Crossing.

  • No reservations to dry camp! First come, first serve
  • Yes – reservations for RV hook up – see www.lakepowell.com for reservations
  • Dry campsites and RV full hook-ups
  • Water available seasonally
  • No showers
  • Flush toilets available seasonally
  • Cost varies for dry campsites or full hook-ups
  • Dogs allowed
  • Campfires allowed

Best Primitive Beach Camping at Lake Powell

The two (2) absolute best places for primitive camping on the beach of Lake Powell are:

Lake Powell Shoreline Camping

With almost 2,000 miles of shoreline, visitors can camp along the shores almost anywhere at Lake Powell (except Rainbow Bridge).

The National Park Service does allow camping in undeveloped areas along the shore.

Visitors just have to be able to access undeveloped locations via boat, watercraft, or by hiking in, if not an already designated campground or primitive camping area.

Best Lake Powell Camping on the Beach Map

When is the Best Time of Year to Camp at Lake Powell?

The best time of year to camp at Lake Powell is definitely during the spring and fall. If you are dry camping without any facilities, the summer temperatures can be scorching in the triple digits (100 degrees Fahrenheit or more), so it can be uncomfortable if you aren’t in the water all day.

If you are staying at one of the campgrounds with an RV and electricity, summer camping is more comfortable if you can get a break from the heat or enjoy water activities most of the day!

Late spring, summer, and early fall are excellent times of the year for being in the water.

Sunny, our Chihuahua, enjoying the crystal clear water and sunshine

Is There Cell Phone Reception at Lake Powell?

Most of the primitive camping areas do not have cell phone reception. From our experience, unless you are close to one of the marinas, cell phone reception is hit and miss.

For all of you digital nomads, the Wahweap and Bullfrog campgrounds have cell phone reception.

What Should I Pack to go Camping at Lake Powell?

To camp at Lake Powell, you’ll want to be sure to bring all the basics:

  • Simple Camp Kitchen
  • Tent Camping Gear
  • Shade
  • Sunscreen
  • Water sandals
  • Layers to accommodate temperature swings
  • Bathing suit
  • Dry camping towel
  • Headlamp
  • Water bottles and lots of water (one gallon per person per day in the desert)!
  • Wag bags if you’re camping further than 200 feet away from a bathroom

Enjoy Lake Powell Camping

We hope you have an excellent trip camping at Lake Powell!

In case you decided to skip through the details, below are the five (5) best places to camp on the beach at Lake Powell:

  • Stanton Creek Campground
  • Lone Rock Beach Campground
  • Wahweap Campground and RV Park
  • Bullfrog Campground
  • Halls Crossing Campground and RV Park

Thanks for reading.

Ashlee & Pablo


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About The Author

Ashlee Fechino

Travel & Outdoor Recreation Writer | Passionate about the Environment | Blogger Inspiring Happiness | Adventure Seeker | Chihuahua Mom | Holds a BS degree in Biology and MS in Environmental Policy & Sustainability

10 COMMENTS

  1. Natalie | 14th Apr 21

    I love all these options. It is good to know spots that allow dogs. I also appreciate you warning me about the heat haha if you are from out of state and don’t understand the Arizona/Utah weather this is something that is definitely important. I made many weather mistakes during my time in Utah last year. I would end up freezing or sweating!

    • Ashlee Fechino | 15th Apr 21

      Hi Natalie – thanks for reading. Yes, on Utah weather. It definitely swings around in the high desert.

  2. Monica Champagne | 14th Apr 21

    I’ll be in Moab in May. We may try to make it out there if it isn’t too far.

    • Ashlee Fechino | 15th Apr 21

      Monica – you will love camping on the shores of Lake Powell with your RV!

  3. The Checklist Chic | 15th Apr 21

    Very informative article! Thank you for including what to pack! I always love packing recommendations!

    • Ashlee Fechino | 15th Apr 21

      So glad you found it helpful. Thanks for reading and commenting. We appreciate it.

  4. Tess | 15th Apr 21

    This spot looks so lovely! I love the red hues… reminds me of a spot in the north west of Australia!

    • Ashlee Fechino | 15th Apr 21

      Australia sounds great – on our bucket list! Thanks for reading.

  5. sydney | 15th Apr 21

    This looks incredible!

    • Ashlee Fechino | 15th Apr 21

      Hi Sydney – Camping on the beach at Lake Powell is incredible for sure!

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