Most of the bays and inlets at Lake Powell are only accessible by boat. But that doesn’t mean that car campers can’t have their fun too.
Numerous great camping sites grace the shores of Lake Powell that are vehicle friendly, including Lone Rock Beach and the harder-to-get-to Warm Creek Bay.
Above all there’s Alstrom Point, quite possibly the most beautiful campsite you will ever experience.
LONE ROCK BEACH
Lone Rock Beach is the most accessible waterside camping area and one of the best places to experience Lake Powell without a boat. You can camp right at the water’s edge and the beach’s sand is surprisingly soft. It’s close to Page, Arizona and has basic facilities like bathrooms/dumpsters.
Follow this link for Lone Rock’s current conditions and more details about the site from Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Water levels at Lone Rock Beach have recently been a problem. In 2022, the lake receded so much that you could walk to Lone Rock. After a wet winter, water is surrounding the monolith again in 2023.
ALSTROM POINT & WARM CREEK BAY
The aforementioned Alstrom Point and Warm Creek Bay are harder to get to and completely primitive. Both are reached on side trails from Smokey Mountain Road, an unpaved route traversing the Glen Canyon backcountry into Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Go to Warm Creek Bay to be lakeside without the crowds of Lone Rock Beach.
Alstrom Point is the best of them all. The views are simply amazing from the clifftops high above the lake.
NORTHERN LAKE POWELL
I do not have personal experience camping in the upper sections of the lake around Bullfrog Marina and Hite. At Bullfrog there’s Stanton Creek Campground on the northern side of the lake. At Hite, there are a couple primitive camping locations near the boat ramp and some more good ones north of the river up Utah State Route 95.