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kayak from Bullfrog Marina

Looks like closest slot canyon from Bullfrog Marina is Moki (Moqui) Canyon. How long would it take to kayak into the canyon and find a beach to swim/picnic?????????? Merely interested in getting out on the water/swim/picnic....cant afford a boat rental. Thanks for your help!!

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1. Re: kayak from Bullfrog Marina

Unless you're a fairly confident and skilled paddler, I'm not sure I would try to reach Moki from Bullfrog. It would be a test of endurance, especially if you're not camping overnight. Moki isn't a slot canyon, but it is the nearest side canyon from Bullfrog, which means, it gets a ton of traffic depending on the time of year. Would be closer from Hall's Crossing. It is all flat water though, so just to get to the mouth of the canyon and back would be about eight miles (to Hall's Crossing). Moki has a couple of different branches to explore and speed boats zipping in and out. Could be rough going too, if the lake is choppy from winds or wakes of boats bouncing off the canyon walls. Most motor boats will behave like you are a nuisance slowing them down, not realizing their wake could tip you over.

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2. Re: kayak from Bullfrog Marina

I'm with Shake on this one. It's a long paddle from Bullfrog to Moki, but shorter from Halls Crossing--maybe 5 miles to the mouth of the canyon in that case. If you are bringing your own kayak, my suggestion would be to launch from Halls Crossing (they don't rent them there, but do at Bullfrog), and paddle across the lake to Lost Eden Canyon. That's maybe a mile to the mouth of the canyon from Halls. It's not a slot, but it's pretty narrow, steep-walled and pretty. It also doesn't have any beaches, and isn't wide enough for skiing, so there won't be any boat traffic. A good choice.

Lost Eden has three branches. The first one to the left is short (1/4 mile). On the main stem to the right, the next branch to the left is the longest--maybe a mile. The right fork on the main stem is also short (1/4 mile at most). Some good exploring in there, and very calm. As for a nearby beach, you might want to check out some of the areas near the mouth of nearby Halls Creek Canyon, perhaps a mile north of the mouth of Lost Eden, same side of the lake.

The next closest canyon to Halls Crossing is Lake Canyon, about 5 miles south.

FYI, there are no nearby kayak-accessible slot canyons near either Bullfrog or Halls that are realistically paddle-able from either marina. Smith Fork is closest, but it's about 10 miles north of Bullfrog Marina, and requires a hike to get to the best part (the slot). It's very good, though...

Edited: 11:27 am, January 08, 2014
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