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Lake Powell Itenerary, 5 day houseboat

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Lake Powell Itenerary, 5 day houseboat

In mid-Sep will spend 5 days on houseboat on the lake. We have a suggested itenerary for 7 days from the marina. Perhaps you have motored up the lake and have some great ideas for our five days. We will do the natural arch for sure. Places to hike and walk or just observe would be of interest for us. Overnight mooring suggestions help even more. Thanks from John to you advisors.

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1. Re: Lake Powell Itenerary, 5 day houseboat

Which marina are you renting from? Will you have a powerboat also?

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From Wahweap without a runabout. We would fish and swim and slid and sit or recline and sing and play cards and and walk/hike (a lot). We do want scenic stops for the night. Suggest please. John

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I'm sure this will help:

Research is your best bet. Please go to this website as it is very information about Lake Powell.

http://wayneswords.com/

Lots of info and you can click on the "Waynes Word Bulletin Board" and ask a specific question and get an answer from people who live there and or do boating.

Also, on this website is a great map of Lake Powell too. Look on the left side under "Area Map".

It is a map of lake powell (at full pool) with description of the canyons. Just click on an area of the map and it gives descriptions of the area or click on the name of the canyons.

Here is a website to help you plan a houseboat trip.

http://www.houseboatfun.com/

Another website I found and might help you to ease your mind about how to anchor your houseboat. It is a lot of reading, but he gives great advice. I have had personal emails from him and he know about houseboating.

http://silgro.com/Houseboat101.htm

I'm from Maryland and have planned these trips. I preorder the food from the grocery stores in Page. Then picked them up the day we boarded the boat.

Hope these website help.

Marsha

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Wow Marsha

This was wonderful. Maybe I can copy all the good houseboat stuff you recommended but perhaps we just need to ask a knowledgeable couple that already knows how to do the stuff to join us. Could we just drive to the center of the lake and drop a sea anchor for the night? Just kidding. The web sites you gave us are very helpful. Thanks - John

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I have houseboated on Lake Powell 3 times. It's very hard to tell people where to go on the lake. I found Waynesword very helpful. I just kept reading the info on the "Area Map" descriptions about the different canyons and decided which ones we would like to do. You will love the caynon into Rainbow Bridge and the hike is the best.

Marsha

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We actually did a week at Lake Powell with nine onboard about 1996. We are going back because of our fond memories of that trip. New friends with us this time and we have forgotten a lot. It will be a highlight of an extended Utah/Arizona/Nevada safari. Not quite roughing it, we cozily stay in hotels and B&bs every other night. Thanks again John

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The Lake Powell water level changes year to year, season to season & month to month so Wayne's World is probably your best updated info. w/ posts from folks just returning. That determines good mooring spots & also hiking, but mooring & hiking aren't necessarily found in the same location, which is why the "tag along" power boat becomes useful although not mandatory for a wonderful Powell experience. It's a magical place regardless of how you do it & an entire lifetime out there could barely scratch the surface.

Padre Bay will be your first area from Wahweap that offers lots of mooring sites. Always find a bay, canyon or arm off the main channel. Don't be tempted by easy, readily available spots on the channel. When the afternoon desert winds kick up you want protection.

With rentals there is no such thing as motoring after dark (for a good reason) as your contract will require that your houseboat is anchored & secure by sunset. You'll also want something on the grill & cocktail in hand to relish the 'beyond incredible' Lake Powell evenings.

Anchoring at Powell is entirely different than most bodies of water as anchors are set on land: two from ea. stern & two from ea. bow. You'll be able to see how other houseboats have done it. Your houseboat will come with shovels (maybe stakes & mallets) & your crew will provide the muscle.

Rainbow Bridge (the natural bridge you mentioned) is 50 miles up the lake...doable in a houseboat, but takes time & gas. During high season you can't take a houseboat into that canyon (another reason for tag along power boat) as tie up space at the dock is limited. Ask Wahweap if your Sept. dates allow that. We've taken a houseboat to the Rainbow dock in Oct. as a slow time on the lake.

We like Rock Creek Bay (could be a 2nd. night stop after Padre) for both mooring & hiking, but that was several years ago. Water levels are different now. Dangling Rope Marina (before Rainbow) is a good ice cream, ice, beer, gas stop.

Our weeks of houseboating the last two yrs. (just back 3 wks. ago) have been out of Hall's Crossing at the north end, which doesn't benefit you, but it's all wonderful as it's an amazing body of water.

Your houseboat will come with a good map on the wall & channel 16 on the marine radio if you have any problems. Also ask the guys on the dock during orientation (& other folks disembarking) where the good sites are that week?

The water will be warm, the sky & lake competing for which is the most blue & all surrounded by unbelievable red rock. The skies are so filled with stars that there isn't room for one more. The best sleeping spot is on deck.

Enjoy!

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8. Re: Lake Powell Itenerary, 5 day houseboat

Forgot to mention the binocs.....a must for reading channel & canyon markers.

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