Lake Powell – the most beautiful artificial lake in the world
American Arizona attracts tourists primarily for its red rocks, mysterious mirages and, of course, located here is the Grand canyon. But the wonders of nature in Arizona is not limited to, some of them even created as a direct result of human activity. For example, lake Powell is rightly considered the most beautiful artificial lake in the world.
Lake Powell, located on the border of Utah and Arizona, was created by the construction of a dam on the Colorado river in the Glen Canyon area. Although the construction of the dam and was met by numerous protests from ecologists and anthropologists, the project was completed on time, namely in 1963.
The shoreline of the lake is 3156 km and by this indicator it is not only a leader in the U.S. among the lakes, but this figure even more than the total length of the American coast of the Pacific ocean!
The maximum width of lake Powell reaches 40 km and depth of about 170 meters. It is of interest that the hydroelectric power station built on the dam, fully supplies electricity to five States of the USA.
Water not only fills Glen Canyon, and about 90 smaller canyons adjacent to it. The best place for the overview of the whole area of lake Powell is considered the view from the dam.
With its huge size of the lake is only the second largest artificial lake in the United States. The palm also holds lake Mead, located on the border of Nevada and Arizona.
To attract attention and at the same time to protect this extraordinary place, in 1972, established the national recreation area Glen Canyon. It covers the entire area of lake Powell and part of the Colorado river, being today one of the most favorite tourist destinations among U.S. residents.
Perhaps the most impressive and spectacular site in the Park is the rock the Horseshoe, which You’ve probably already seen somewhere in the pictures. It was breathtaking – massive red rock surrounded by turquoise water.