Bullfrog Marina Offers Best Access to Lake Powell from Salt Lake City

The Charles Hall Ferry docked at Bullfrog Marina.
The Charles Hall Ferry docked at Bullfrog Marina. The Greater Southwestern Exploration Company CC
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Of the five marinas on Lake Powell, Bullfrog Marina is the closest to the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, and it offers the most amenities outside of Wahweap Marina.

Once you get to Bullfrog Marina via Highway 276, you’ll note that the services are many, including lodging, a RV park and two campgrounds, a grocery store, laundry, showers, service station, and restaurants.

You can also rent houseboats, motor boats, personal watercrafts, as well as self-propelled boating devices like stand-up paddle boards and kayaks. All can be rented by the day or even by the hour from the marina concessionaire ARAMARK.

Bullfrog also offers a daily ferry service for cars and individuals to Hall’s Crossing, which is beneficial for those travelling onward to San Juan County for more adventuring. It’s recommended to call ahead if utilizing the ferry as the boat can occasionally be out of service for repairs.

What Makes it Great

Grant on bow of Charles Hall Ferry pulling into dock at Bullfrog Marina.
Grant on bow of Charles Hall Ferry pulling into dock at Bullfrog Marina. The Greater Southwestern Exploration Company CC

Located on the northern end of Lake Powell in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Bullfrog Marina is a great spot to plan your water-friendly vacation. It’s the second largest marina on Lake Powell and offers many amenities to travelers to make your stay and boating experience all the better.

Lake Powell itself is a geological marvel. The deep canyons of Glen Canyon were filled with crystal blue water after dams were built. As such, navigating the waterways is fun and full of adventure. From Bullfrog Marina, you’ll have access to remote beaches, all of which are fine for primitive camping as long as you practice Leave No Trace principles. There are also a number of hikes and canyons accessible via boat just a few short miles from Bullfrog Marina.

Additionally, there are two hikes located at the marina. The first, and most impressive, takes hikers through a gorgeous slot canyon; the trailhead is located next to the visitor center. Another hike takes you from the campground down to the lake shore, and makes for a nice place to swim with the family.

What You’ll Remember

The stoke you feel before renting a boat; the crystalline waters of this wonderful lake; the breeze through your hair as you travel; exploring remote and hidden corners of this man-made lake; the splendid slot canyon hike located right by the visitor center.

Who is Going to Love It

Water junkies; captains of boats big and small; first mates of any fleet; families looking for a vacation spot full of adventure; pirates and mermaids, of course.

GPS Coordinates, Parking and Regulations

GPS Coordinates: (37.528612, -110.719072)

Parking will depend on your activity of choice. There are several ramps for rentals, personal boats, houseboats, and the private docks. For rentals, travel down the designated road and park about 100 yards from the dock, as noted by signage.

Travelers generally come to Lake Powell during the warmer months of the year, April through October. The water temperature will be most mild during the summer, but be forewarned that temperatures can peak over triple digits. To access Bullfrog Marina, you must pay the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area park entrance fee of $15 for a vehicle, good up to seven days. Fees vary depending on stay or if purchasing for an individual. America the Beautiful passes are accepted here.

The National Park Service at Bullfrog Marina can be reached at 435-684-7400, and the number for the park concessionaire, ARAMARK, is 435-684-3000.

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