A Dam Good Time

Although the Glen Canyon Dam was constructed on a plaform of job creation, hydroelectric power, and irrigation, one of the primary effects the dam had on the local economy was the booming of a vibrant tourist economy. The pamphlet "Take Time to Discover Utah!", published in the late 1960s by Utah Travel Council, enticed would-be visitors to Lake Powell with promises of a lake "stocked with rainbow trout and bass" and opportunities for "exploration, unusual sighteeing, and photography." It's worth noting that trout and bass are non-native, introduced species that were expected to thrive in the clearer, colder waters of the deep new lake. 

With the creation of a massive body of water in the middle of the desert, it was only a matter of time before people took to using it for recreation. Boating guides like Dowlers informed readers about the rules and etiquette of boating on Lake Powell. Other promotional material, such as the Guidebook to Glen Canyon, explained the history of the area around the dam. The guidebook goes to great lengths in describing the myriad sights and locations of interest. The guidebook includes an extensive map of the area, highlighting important sights and potential campgrounds.