Where To Stay In Lake Powell – North And South Lake (From Someone Who Lived At Both)

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Want to know where to stay in Lake Powell?

When it comes to deciding where to stay in Lake Powell, first you have to decide if you’re going to the north end (Bullfrog, Utah) or the south end (Page, Arizona).

I’m assuming you already know which end you’ll be visiting but if you’re not, just know that these are not close to each other.

Bullfrog Marina is about five hours from Wahweap Marina by boat or car but both are on Lake Powell.

I’ve broken this down by Bullfrog and Page (Wahweap is by Page) to help you find the best place to stay on Lake Powell for you with both hotels and campgrounds.

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Where to stay in Lake Powell: Short list

Don’t have time to check out the whole list? Just want to know my top picks of where to stay at Lake Powell? This is where you’ll find them!

If you already have a boat rental, double check where it is before booking your hotel and vice versa!

Map of where to stay in Lake Powell

Here is a map of where to stay in Lake Powell to hopefully help you get a better idea of where everything is since it’s so spread out.

Where to stay in Lake Powell – North Lake, Bullfrog area

We’re going to start at the north end of Lake Powell with hotels near Bullfrog Marina and move down to the Page and Wahweap area after that.

There are no hotels on Lake Powell between the two. There are hotels between them, just not on the lake.

Defiance House Lodge – Mid-range

If you’re looking for a hotel on Lake Powell in Bullfrog Marina, literally look no further because this is your only option.

Aside from Lake Powell Resort in Wahweap, this is as close to Lake Powell as you can stay without being on the lake.

There are 48 rooms that were renovated in 2018 I think it was? They have one king and two queen rooms with lake views and parking lot views. All rooms have a little balcony and coffee maker.

Defiance House Lodge is open year-round but has limited availability in the winter. It does fill up on Memorial, fourth of July, and Labor Day weekends so book ahead.

There are also eight family units down the hill from the lodge. These are trailers with full kitchens, 2-3 bedrooms, and boat parking.

There is plenty of room for boat parking in the main parking lot and throughout the park. There is a shuttle to take you from your boat to the lodge or launch ramp or anywhere else in Bullfrog.

Aside from working here for four years, I have also stayed at the lodge and did enjoy it, especially the balcony/patio.

  • Pet friendly: yes, $20 per pet per day (yes, even your tiny dog)
  • Restaurant on site: Yes, Anasazi Restaurant, closed in winter
  • Pool: No

Book Defiance House Lodge here

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RV Park – RV camping

If you’ll be visiting Bullfrog with and RV, there is an RV park that takes reservations. There are 18 pull-through sites and four back in sites.

All spaces have full hookups with 30 amp power. There are bathrooms with showers in the middle of the RV park.

The biggest downside of the RV park is that there is almost no shade here. It’s also not right by the water. While you can reserve a spot for tent camping here, I wouldn’t recommend it.

Each site has a charcoal grill and table and can accommodate RVs up to 50 feet. There is a dump station at the tent campground.

The Bullfrog RV park IS NOT by the family unites and post office, that’s employee RV parking. This is by the dorm housing and called the Bullfrog Painted Hills RV Park on Google.

  • Pet friendly: Yes, on leash
  • Restaurant on site: Anasazi Restaurant at the lodge
  • Pool: No
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Campground – Camping

The Bullfrog Campground is the final place to stay on Lake Powell right in Bullfrog. There are 80 sites in three loops for tents and small RVs and campers.

There are no hookups here but there are bathrooms in each loop. However they don’t have showers. There are free showers at the post office, though.

The campground does not take reservations, it is first-come, first-served. The only time it’s likely to fill up is Memorial, fourth of July, and Labor Day weekends.

There are grills, fire pits, and tables at each site. It is called the Bullfrog RV & Campground on Google and is not by the main RV park.

  • Pet friendly: Yes, on leash
  • Restaurant on site: Anasazi Restaurant at the lodge
  • Pool: No

Stanton Creek Primitive Campground – Camping

I guess this is actually the last place to stay in Bullfrog but it’s the least developed. This is a primitive camping area on Lake Powell and is waterfront.

There are a few pit toilets around the camping area but no showers. There are no reservations and it is cash only.

You do need to drive down a dirt road to get here and I think most vehicles can get down there just fine but some spots may be tough.

  • Pet friendly: Yes, on leash
  • Restaurant on site: Anasazi Restaurant at the lodge
  • Pool: No
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Ticaboo Lodge – Mid-range

Next up is Ticaboo. This is the next closest hotel to Bullfrog and is 15-20 minutes away, down Highway 276. It’s a similar size to Defiance House Lodge.

The first floor rooms have been refreshed sometime in the last few years. The rooms aren’t fancy but they get the job done. There are no balconies but the views are nice.

If you’re debating between Ticaboo and Defiance House Lodge, I would pick Defiance, even if it’s more expensive. Being in Bullfrog and on the lake will be worth it.

  • Pet friendly: No
  • Restaurant on site: The Grill at Offshore Marina and Moki’s Restaurant (I think Moki’s has been closed for a while but it’s still listed on their website. I would plan for it to be closed, just in case.)
  • Pool: Yes

Book Ticaboo Lodge here

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Ticaboo RV Park – RV camping

Ok, I cannot figure out where in Ticaboo this is. Their website is terrible, it’s impossible to find anything. And even looking at the satellite view on Google maps, I can’t find this.

All I can figure out is there there are pull-in and pull-through full hookup sites with 30 and 50 amps. There are no bathrooms or showers.

  • Pet friendly: I don’t believe so, if they are, on leash.
  • Restaurant on site: The Grill at Offshore Marina and Moki’s Restaurant (I think Moki’s has been closed for a while but it’s still listed on their website. I would plan for it to be closed, just in case.)
  • Pool: At the lodge, but I don’t know if the RV park has access
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Whispering Sands Motel – Mid-range

If you want a place to stay in Lake Powell but Defiance House Lodge and Ticaboo are full, this is your next best bet.

Whispering Sands Motel is in Hanksville, about an hour from Bullfrog. It’s similar in size to both Ticaboo Lodge and Defiance House Lodge and there is plenty of boat and RV parking.

They have cabins available as well as regular hotel rooms, all with one or two queen beds and a few with one king bed.

There are even a few rooms with a Jacuzzi bath, perfect for relaxing after a long day on the lake. They don’t have a restaurant but there are a few nearby.

  • Pet friendly: No
  • Restaurant on site: No, but Stan’s Burger Shak is next door
  • Pool: No

Book Whispering Sands Motel here

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Muddy Creek Mining Co. – Mid-range

Muddy Creek Mining Co. is new since we left Bullfrog in 2020. They have 20 modern rustic cabins, sourced from the Fish Lake National Forest, in the heart of Hanksville.

All cabins have either one king bed or two queens with a kitchenette. Each cabin also has a covered porch, bench, picnic table, and grill.

There is a $25 cleaning fee added to each reservation and the entire fee goes to the cleaning crew

If I was staying in Hanksville, this would be my choice if they had availability. It looks very cute and I hope they do well!

  • Pet friendly: Yes, $25 fee
  • Restaurant on site: No, a few nearby though
  • Pool: No

Book Muddy Creek Mining Co. here

Where to stay in Lake Powell – South Lake, Wahweap area

Now we’re moving onto where to stay in Lake Powell near Wahweap at the south end of the lake. Like Bullfrog, there is only one hotel officially on Lake Powell but there are a lot more nearby, within 15-20 minutes of the marina.

Lake Powell Resort – Mid-range

First up is Lake Powell Resort, the only hotel in Wahweap. Unlike Bullfrog, this place is huge. There are 348 rooms, both standard and suites, with parking lot views, Lone Rock views, and Navajo Mountain views.

All rooms have a patio or balcony and are similar to Defiance House Lodge for in-room amenities. The junior suites are bigger than the regular rooms and also have a sitting room.

There is plenty of boat and RV parking here (as well as nearby on the property) and a shuttle to take you most places in Wahweap.

They also have a fitness center, two pools and a hot tub, walking paths, a gift shop, and fire pits around the hotel. I would go in expecting more hotel than resort though.

  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Restaurant on site: Yes, Driftwood Lounge, Rainbow Room, and Latitude 37 (at the private marina but anyone can go)
  • Pool: Yes

Book Lake Powell Resort here

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Wahweap campground – Camping

Wahweap Campground and RV Park has 139 full hookup RV sites and 36 tent only sites. Reservations can be made here.

The RV sites have 30 and 50 amp power, allow two vehicles per site, and accommodate RVs up to 70 feet; there are a few double wide sites available.

27 of the tent-only sites have parking and the rest are 20-80 feet from where you park and will require you to carry your things over.

When you get there, you’ll need to register to get your campsite. This is in the same building as the campground store.

There are showers and coin operated laundry at the store and bathrooms centrally located in the group area. Each site has a fire pit and grill, too.

  • Pet friendly: Yes, on leash
  • Restaurant on site:Yes, Driftwood Lounge and Rainbow Room at the hotel, and Latitude 37 (at the private marina but anyone can go)
  • Pool: No
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Lone Rock Beach – Camping

Once you’re through the entrance fee, head down to the beach and pick whatever spot your heart desires! Or that your vehicle can safely get to.

There are no designated sites here so you can just pick any spot you want. There are some bathrooms scattered around but no showers. It’s $14 per night and open year-round though the bathrooms may close.

The amount of beach will vary with the water level but there is almost guaranteed to be deep sand so watch where you drive.

If you’re there in the summer, there are likely to be lots of trucks that can pull you out if you do get stuck but maybe not in winter.

It gets extremely busy here in the summer, especially on holiday weekends (the picture below was just a summer weekend I think).

There are no amenities here. The closest restaurant is Yardleys at the gas station in Greenehaven (it’s pretty good, fast food steak burgers).

  • Pet friendly: Yes, on leash
  • Restaurant on site: No
  • Pool: No
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Rodeway Inn, Big Water – Budget

The Rodeway Inn in Big Water is 10-15 minutes from Lake Powell and great for anyone on a budget that doesn’t want to camp.

The rooms are not fancy, and they have a bit of a western theme going on. It was a little to budget for my parents but we stayed here on a lot of our weekends in 2020 (it was about $30 per night) and I liked it.

But if you want modern and fancy, look elsewhere. They do have coin laundry available and great views of the rock formations out back.

This is in a great central location not just for Lake Powell but also for other nearby hikes like Wire Pass slot canyon, The Nautilus, Buck Tank Draw, Catstair Canyon, Alstrom Point, Stud Horse Point, and Skylight Arch.

Like I said, this is no frills, but if you don’t mind that and want something more affordable than most things in Page but still close to Lake Powell, it’s perfect.

  • Pet friendly: Yes, in some rooms. $15.00 per night, maximum 30 pounds with a limit of 2 pets per room.
  • Restaurant on site: No
  • Pool: No

Book Rodeway Inn here

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Rodeway Inn, Page – Budget(ish)

If you want a budget hotel in Page, the Rodeway Inn is pretty close to that. We also stayed here a lot in 2020 (our dorm was tiny) and it was similar in price to the one in Big Water.

It’s more now but still somewhat budget friendly, compared to a lot of other options. It’s not fancy but the rooms we had all had new non-carpet floors, which was nice.

Plus, it’s in a really great location in the heart of Page. It’s close to the Safeway and a lot of food. I would stay here again. (It’s better on the inside than the outside).

All rooms have a fridge and microwave with either two queens or one king bed. This is a great choice for a hotel near Lake Powell that won’t break the bank, but there isn’t much (if any) room for boat parking.

  • Pet friendly: No
  • Restaurant on site: Yes
  • Pool: Yes

Book Rodeway Inn here

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Lake Powell-Grand Staircase Under Canvas – Glamping

Under Canvas is a glamping resort chain found near a number of beautiful national parks, including Lake Powell! (The Moab location is actually why I wanted to work out west.)

This isn’t a budget friendly place to stay near Lake Powell and won’t be good with a boat (it can be left at Wahweap) but it would be worth the splurge.

They have an on-site restaurant with local seasonal produce, organic bath products, an EV charging station, and bedside battery packs to charge devices.

The tents vary in size and they have some good for one or two people and others good for families. There is no electricity in the tents, so keep that in mind when booking. They do provide fans though.

All tents have private bathrooms and West Elm furnishings. They have nightly campfires with smores, morning yoga, an on-site slot canyon, live music, and more. I would love to stay here sometime.

  • Pet friendly: Yes, leash and off leash areas provided
  • Restaurant on site: Yes
  • Pool: No

Book Lake Powell Under Canvas here

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Amangiri – Luxury

Amangiri is not for the average traveler. This five-star resort caters to the stars and is one of the most expensive hotels in the US.

If you have the money and are willing to spend it, it’s easily the best place to stay near Lake Powell (if you like luxury).

It includes daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner for two per room; daily scheduled hikes; daily group wellness classes; round-trip Page airport transfers; in-room beverages (non-alcoholic); and self-guided hikes on-property.

They have private pavilions at their Camp Sakira area that have indoor dining and living areas plus and outdoor terrace and plunge pool.

The suites in the main resorts all have and outdoor lounge and fireplace with beautiful views. Some have rooftop terraces and private pools.

The closest I’ve been to Amangiri is looking down at it from the Skylight Arch Trail. I want to stay here someday just to see what it’s like. If you stay here, let me know how it is!

  • Pet friendly: Yes, $100 per pet, per night; limit 50 pounds and two pets. This includes bedding and welcome amenities (I wonder what the amenities are).
  • Restaurant on site: Yes
  • Pool: Yes

Book Amangiri here

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Wingate – Mid-range

The Wingate by Wyndham is right between Denny’s and Sleep Inn. It technically has lake views but nothing like you’d get at Lake Powell Resort.

There are 1 king and 2 queen rooms, some with lake views and some with balconies. It’s in a convenient location and right across from the golf course if you’re interested in that.

It’s a pretty typical chain hotel with breakfast, a fitness center, in-room coffee makers, and plenty of parking.

This is a newer hotel (wasn’t here in 2015 when we went through the area) so the rooms are nice and modern. I wanted to stay here (for a balcony room) but we didn’t get to.

I would stay here in the future though. It’s a great mid-range option and very easy to get to Lake Powell from here.

  • Pet friendly: No
  • Restaurant on site: No
  • Pool: Yes

Book Wingate here

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Sleep Inn – Budget/mid-range

The Sleep Inn in outside of downtown Page but still close to it. They have 2 queen room and 1 king junior suites with whirlpool baths.

It’s a modern hotel and a pretty typical chain with breakfast, a fitness room, a pool, and an outdoor seating area.

It’s in a good location that is easy to get to and won’t have the traffic of the main area of Page (not that it’s that bad there).

We haven’t stayed here but my parents did and they gave it their seal of approval. If you want a hotel near Lake Powell that’s between no frills and fancy, this is a good choice.

There is bus and truck parking so I would think there is also boat parking. If you dont’ want to worry about that, you can park it in one of the Wahweap boat parking areas.

  • Pet friendly: No
  • Restaurant on site: No
  • Pool: Yes

Book Sleep Inn here

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Best Western View of Lake Powell – Mid-range

Finally, we have the Best Western View of Lake Powell, not to be confused with the Best Western Plus next door.

This is another great chain mid-range option, especially for families as they not only have traditional 2 queen and 1 king rooms, but they have some with three queens!

They also have mobility assistance and communication assistance rooms available. It’s also near the golf course and has beautiful views as it’s perched on the edge of a hill overlooking Lake Powell and below (but in the distance).

They have a free typical hotel breakfast, a fitness center, plenty of parking, a pool, and a hot tub. It’s close to plenty of food options and located between the main area of Page and the lower area (by the Wingate).

  • Pet friendly: No
  • Restaurant on site: Almost, Rim View Terrace is right there.
  • Pool: Yes

Book Best Western Plus here

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Lake Powell FAQ

These are just a couple of common, related Lake Powell FAQs. If you’re planning a full Lake Powell trip, I have a post with everything you need to know.

How long do you need at Lake Powell? If you’re boating, at least one full day. Two if you want to see Rainbow Bridge and lots of other things.

Which end of Lake Powell is best? I prefer Bullfrog, I think it’s a lot prettier, but it’s more out of the way (less busy). Wahweap is close to Page and has a lot more amenities.

Is Lake Powell worth visiting if you don’t boat? I’d say it’s worth seeing if you’re in the area (already visiting Page or driving the whole Burr Trail, for example) but there isn’t much to do if you’re not boating. Unless you want to kayak or SUP.

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Final thoughts on where to stay in Lake Powell

Well, there you have it. My top choices on where to stay in Lake Powell, as someone who lived and worked there for six years and stayed in a lot of these hotels.

If I haven’t stayed there, I definitely would in the future. While pickings are slim in Bullfrog, there are plenty of options near Page and Wahweap to choose from.

Other posts you may like

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Have you been to Lake Powell? Which end did you go to? Where did you stay when you went? How was it?

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