360º view | Powell – labyrinth lake in the USA

Powell is a reservoir on the Colorado River located in the US states of Utah and Arizona. This is the second largest reservoir in the United States of America, it contains 30 km³ of water at high water. The surface area of ​​the lake is 1627 km². It is a popular holiday destination, visited annually by about two million people.

We also invite you to go on a virtual journey with a 360º view and look from a bird's eye view at this "alien" lake, indented with many canyons – it's just an amazing natural labyrinth.

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The lake was created by decision of the US Congress in the river valley. Construction began in 1956 with the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam, 178 meters high. Construction was completed in the 1960s, but it wasn't until 1980 that the blue-green waters of the Colorado River filled the entire lake. The resulting lake was named after Major John Wesley Powell, who first mapped the area in 1869.

They built a dam over the Glen Canyon for economic purposes to get a reservoir. They became Lake Powell – the second largest in the United States after Lake Mead. But the matter was not limited to solving economic issues. Since the man-made landscape turned out to be unexpectedly spectacular – in 1972 the lake and the surrounding territories became part of the Glen Canyon National Preserve, which included more than a million acres of incredibly beautiful and wild land.

360º view | Powell – labyrinth lake in the USA

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The flooding of Glen Canyon, as one would expect, caused a wave of protests. Someone fought against the violation of the ecological balance, someone for the preservation of the remnants of ancient Indian settlements going under water, someone else for something...

Nevertheless, the flooding of Glen Canyon has led to the emergence of a landscape gem in the region that is completely unique not only for the United States, but for the whole world. The coastline of the lake is cut by hundreds of large and small canyons flowing into the main channel, some of which reach many kilometers in length, and other, smaller canyons, in turn, flow into them, creating an amazing labyrinth. Sheer red-orange walls topped with towers and spiers rise up from the water.

360º view | Powell – labyrinth lake in the USA

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To support the construction of the dam, infrastructure was created that revitalized the entire region. After all, the place where the dam was built was previously located tens of miles from the nearest more or less passable roads. Road No. 89 was built between Flagstaff and Kanab, and the town of Page was built a few kilometers from the dam.

Listing only the most famous places that have become accessible due to the creation of infrastructure will take several lines. Upper and Lower Antelope Canyons, Horseshoe of the Colorado River, Rainbow Bridge, Coyote Butts and Wave, Bushkin Gulch, Pariah Canyon, Valley of the White Ghosts, Rim Rock Hoodus, Nipple Bench were previously practically inaccessible and, as a result, unknown. What can I say – the entire Glen Canyon was beyond the reach of an ordinary traveler and required the organization of special expeditions.

360º view | Powell – labyrinth lake in the USA

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Today, Glen Canyon National Preserve is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States. Due to the huge area and the inaccessibility of remote corners, such a number of tourists does not prevent the reserve from remaining partially unexplored, because the total length of the zigzag shoreline of Lake Powell is 3200 kilometers and exceeds the length of the US west coast.

The potential for a landscape photographer is truly inexhaustible here. There are no roads along the shores of the lake, and huge sections of this unique labyrinth are only accessible by water or air, and sometimes only by air, which was the impetus for us to organize several specialized photo expeditions involving boats and helicopters.

We invite you to make virtual helicopter ride over Lake Powell, and then ride a jet ski through its labyrinths.

 

Lake Powell, Utah Arizona, USA

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Jet skiing through the labyrinths of Lake Powell