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Lake Powell - Houseboating

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Lake Powell - Houseboating

Hi, we have rented 2 46' houseboats for 7 days starting Sept 2. We are hoping to have a group of 22-24. We will also probably have either a speed boat or a couple of jetskis. We are leaving from Bullfrog Marina. We've ordered a guide book but I wanted to get some input from people who've been - what are the must see features from this marina - I believe we are planning to take a southern route at this point. The group is pretty active and will want to hike to some amazing places in addition to the fun time spent on the lake. I'm also curious if anyone knows if The Wave hike is accessible from this part of the lake. Any input will be greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: Lake Powell - Houseboating

You've picked a good time to go, and a good place to launch from. After Labor Day, the crowds will thin considerably...except on your boats! Keep in mind that the maxiumum you are allowed on any houseboat while underway is 12, and you'll be pushing that to the limit with 24 on two boats. And as you probably know, the 46- footer is the smallest boat, where sleeping 8 is pushing it. Practically, this means a few of you will be camping on the roof or onshore...there really won't be enough room inside the baot, especially with all your gear. All I can say is that you'd better really like each other, because otherwise this will be atough trip. Or a really fantastic party, not sure which.

The Wave is nowhere near Bullfrog, so you can scratch that one off the list. Not possible.

Heading southward from Bullfrog, the obvious places to see are the canyons of the Escalante (about 35 miles south) and Hole in the Rock (just a bit farther). The latter is an excellent hike to the rim of the canyon.

You guide book will probably give you more ideas than you can use, but they're all good, no doubt. The lake is huge, and the reason to go isn't to hit any particular "must sees", but to have a unique brain-clearing experience out in the middle of nowhere. Sharing it with friends is even better. But sharing it with 23 friends on two small boats would, in my view, somewhat obscure the power and beauty of what you are intending to experience. You'll have fun, no doubt, but logistically, you'll have a hard time getting that crew to move in one direction unless you've got a strong leader, and a lot of laid back followers. Maybe you do.

One thing to think about with two houseboats is finding campsites big enough to accommodate both boats. In that part of the lake, it will be kind of tough, because of a relative lack of open bays and wide beaches. You won't find any sites like that in the Escalante. Maybe (if you're lucky) in Cottonwood Canyon across from Hole in the Rock near mile 66. Possibly near the Rincon at mile 77. Maybe in the shoals on the right near mile 53... Or at the mouth of the San Juan at mile 58... Or Oak Bay at mile 52... Otherwise, your group will be split at night... But in all cases, you wil likely be separated by at least a few hundred feet..unless you're very lucky...

Also keep in mind the areas where you camp will likely have other houeboats nearby. Most will not have 24 people, and might be concenred about the potential noise generated late into the night that such a group might bring. Most people go for the quiet solitude, and you should be mindful of that. Try to camp at least a quarter mile from the nearest boat if you can...you'll enjoy it more, and so will they...

..be safe, enjoy,

Best of luck

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2. Re: Lake Powell - Houseboating

Thank you, your response was very helpful. Yes we are a very close group and are aware that there will be some beach/deckside sleeping - we are also a respectful group and although we do plan to party it up, we'll be mindful of the other boaters. Too bad about The Wave, but hey - a window for another trip! :) Thanks again!

Would still love to hear more input from people who've been out there....

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