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Antelope Canyon via Lake Powell, AZ

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Author PaleoRob
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Age 38 Male Gender
Location Grand Junction, CO
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Float the slot!
by PaleoRob

Antelope Canyon is one of the most famous slot canyons in the American southwest. Most people visit the popular tribal park covering Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon. There is a third way, however, to see the slot canyon. That is by water.

The paddle into Antelope Canyon is in the exposed main channel of Lake Powell. During times of low water, this area receives a lot of traffic. In Antelope Canyon itself, the lake is very narrow. Boats can approach at high speeds without seeing you. In addition the wakes that these boats create can reflect off canyon walls. Furthermore large tour boats visit the canyon. The create very large wakes that can overturn or swamp kayaks. Care should be taken to tackle large wakes and waves head on, and not let the waves breach the kayak from the side.

In 1963 the gates on Glen Canyon Dam closed and water began to fill up in Glen Canyon, forming Lake Powell. With the rising water, the lower 5 miles of Antelope Canyon, a spectacular slot canyon, were filled with water. During the pre-dam years, very few people had ventured up Antelope Canyon, save for river runners. A large pour-over stymied upstream exploration. Now, with the lake filling the canyon, the old pourover no longer presents a logistical problem for upstream travel, as boaters can venture as far as the water line.

This trip begins at Antelope Point Marina. From the launch ramp, paddle to the left (downlake) for approximately one mile. The entrance to Antelope Canyon is on the left, at River Mile 3, and is marked with a white buoy. Turn into this canyon. The walls grow taller and narrower as you get further into the canyon. The end can be reached, but it is not necessary. The canyon can be enjoyed from a brief exploration or deep adventure - the choice is yours.

Kayak Rental
Kayak Lake Powell ( cheapest )
816 Coppermine Rd, Page, AZ 86040
(928) 660-0778

Antelope Point Marine ( closest )

It is possible to camp on the lake opposite the mouth of the canyon.

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2012-06-04 PaleoRob
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Antelope Canyon via Lake Powell
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    Escalante National Monument Trip
    Friday: Drove up from the valley and met up with some Flagstaff friends at my "top secret" sandstone slab campsite, near the Glen Canyon dam for what I will describe as a craft beer festival... :lol:

    Saturday: The wind was crazy and we had to postpone our plans to paddle into Antelope Canyon. On short notice, we opted for Waterholes Canyon. This was my second time there. It's an easy and enjoyable slot canyon (on the non-technical, upper portion). One of the guys in our group is into canyoneering and has done the technical section. Sounds interesting to connect with the CR and pack-raft out. Next time ;)
    I noticed that there were new ladders in place since I first hiked this in 2014, when summer rains had flooded out the ladder system. It made scrambling a little more manageable.

    Stopped by Horseshoe on our way back into Page. The crowds make me frustrated and when I take friends there now, I leave my camera behind. Anyone know if it has only been crowded since the birth of social media? Or have there always been throngs of tour busses?

    Drove out to Alstrom Point. Stopped to checkout Wahweap Creek, which was flowing well, and Warm Creek, which was also flowing! (I was excited to see this intermittent stream going :D ). This drive is just incredible. And driving over the slickrock for the last two miles before the reaching the Point was the highlight. We spent the night here, overlooking the impaired and impounded Colorado River. The view from Alstrom is incredible. This is one of the more epic places I have camped. Definitely worth the long drive.

    Sunday: Left the Alstrom Point at 6 a.m., in time to make an early start from the Antelope Point boat ramp. This was my second time paddling into Antelope. Definitely a special place. There's a side canyon that heads to the east, about a mile's walk from the current shoreline. Have any of you HAZ'ers made it all the way to the end of this side canyon? Both times I have encountered some significant pools that I wasn't really in the mood to swim.

    Drove back Sunday afternoon with an absolutely mandatory stop at Diablo Burger in Flag.

    Good times!
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    Year #2 - achievement unlocked.

    She knew there was to be a anniversary trip. She knew to bring car camping and backpacking gear and what the temperatures would be. That's all she needed so the rest stayed secret. I figured since we'd be up that way, we'd check out Wire Pass and Buckskin gulch on the first day. She enjoyed it thoroughly and thought that was the trip.

    After hiking the canyons we drove back an hour to Chumley's camp west of Glen Canyon Dam. We had plenty of time to rest, hike around and read before the sun went down.
    The next day, we drove into town, got some coffee and then landed over at Kayak Lake Powell to pick up our reservations. It was only then that she knew some of what the real plan would be. She liked the idea a lot since we did the no tour kayak thing on the honeymoon: [ photo ]

    Soon we were at the marina and moving through the still calm water. We paddled over to Chumley camp 2 which was easily recognizable across from the mouth of Antelope, even though the water was significantly lower. We unpacked our camp gear and then got back in to head into the canyon.

    The water was like glass in there and I told her where we were. It was beautiful on the water in there.

    Land came quicker than I thought and there were 5 other kayaks beached. It was awesome to find no mud, bugs, or logs to fight through. Just an easy step out and pull up to start 'venturing with our feet.

    What a great place to meander! I brought tubes just in case we ran into the cold standing water I'd heard about but we never hit it. We made past the confluence, stayed on Ant proper and went 20 minutes beyond the metal pipe jammed in the canyon bottom and across the trail. It opened up a lot after this and we finally decided we could enjoy the better tighter part again for longer if we headed back. We took plenty of time and the people belonging to the kayaks we passed on the way in were long gone.

    Those WS Tsunami 145's that I "splurged" for were so stable and roomy, I decided to stock up on driftwood near the beach and filled 3 hulls with firewood for the night back on the island. We ended up with plenty and then some.

    The way out was fine at first but then a few fast boats came in and the waves got big. We even had an eastbound and down couple come through on a jetski- they both adorned I-just-had-my-eyes-dilated sunglasses and she was attempting to not fall off, wrapping her pink character-clad pajama bottoms tightly behind him since her arms couldn't quite reach around full bear hug.

    Anyway, we made it through and even wound up on a pumpkin ton of tourists ipad photos as a doubledecker tour boat passed by on the way out. "How's your arms?" one shouted. "Good. How're your ankles?" - well I didn't say that loud enough to be heard over the waves, so don't worry about them too much.

    Island life was nice (another Belize parallel). Camp was quiet. The lake traffic was unbelievably sparse for our stay- except when the saddest man in the whole world passed by leaving echoes of Katy Perry and loneliness in his wake. I mean, stuff some clothes together to look like a rudimentary mannequin or something in your boat if you're going to be out on the lake at 7:30 on Easter morning blasting KP. To sink that low, that guy's firework must have fizzled long ago.

    We packed up leisurely Monday, made an airplane happy for few passes, and got back on the water before it got too choppy again. We took our time on the way home and stopped a couple places including the bend. As a kid, when we would throw rocks, my mother was always shout, "If everyone that visited the grand canyon threw a rock, it'd be full by now." It didn't matter where we were throwing them, it was just a go-to for her. As ingrained as it still is, I couldn't help but wondering if every visiting Asian tourist fell into the Grand Canyon, would it have overfilled by now. Is that why there were so many at the bend? Is it backed up this far already?

    Thanks again to those that went before (Rob and Chums for the added intel and apparently the gift left where I put my tent)
    I enjoyed my new 10-18mm on this trip but somebody wouldn't stay out of my pictures...
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    This trip was even cooler than I imagined!

    We camped the night before, after somehow escaping the thieving hands of John9L (nice try!). The camp spot was perfect, and we even had a fire and Chumley's holiday lights. In the morning we stopped by our favorite health food store for pancakes and McNuggets, then drove to the put-in.

    After fighting with my hatch for what seemed like ages, We were all packed and ready to go. The campsite was very near -- we could see the parking lot from there -- but far enough away we felt for the most part like we were the only ones there. We set up camp on Antelope Island and then paddled over to Antelope Canyon, admiring the beautiful sandstone walls. At the canyon we hiked in as far as we could until finding a deep swimmer. A trip best left for another time. We got back to the boats and then back to camp just as darkness fell. Perfect timing. We built a fire and consumed our consumables before passing out beneath a perfect sky.

    The next day we decided to take the scenic route back to the boat ramp, checking out the island side of the waterway. Definitely can't wait to come back to this place, and hopefully have a bit more time to explore the canyon and other areas a little more.
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    I took Janet and Chrissy up north after we got washed out this spring. You can certainly do this paddle and hike as a day trip from Antelope Point Marina, but we decided to make an overnight of it and camped on Antelope Island. The water level was 3606 and temp was 76F.

    The three days of weather at Page were 78/79/81 and 49/51/52. Pretty much perfect.

    We camped west of the dam late Friday night and headed to the marina Saturday morning. It's October, so lake traffic was minimal. We set up camp and then embarked upon our journey up Antelope Canyon, taking our time along the way. Ultimately we ran out of daylight, but it was timed perfectly as we encountered a deep, chilly, swimmer and none of us really wanted to continue through that.

    I'll be back here though. There's much more to explore before you hit the reservation and approach the touristas.

    Paddling stats:
    To camp: 1.11 / 0:35
    Up Canyon 2.52 / 1:35
    Down Canyon 2.25 / 1:00
    Morning Loop 2:21 / 0:45
    Back to car via marina 3.66 / 1:50
    Antelope Canyon via Lake Powell
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    Got off work early, so I headed over to Antelope Point for a little kayaking. The channel was fine on the way down, and Antelope Canyon was calm for the paddle in. I reached a little beach and stopped to take some pictures. While there, a tour boat passed me. I decided to make my way back out instead of going all the way to the end. Another tour boat passed me, then the first one passed again on its way out. Lots of 3-4 foot rollers bouncing around the canyon. Back in the main channel the water calmed down. Another tour boat was making its approach to the canyon.

    Permit $$

    Glen Canyon Recreation Area National Park
    Glen Canyon Entrance Fee - 1-7 Day Vehicle Pass - $25

    Boat fees additional, follow provided NPS link above.

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To kayak trip
    From Page, drive east on US98. Turn north at the sign for Antelope Canyon. Pay the entry fee at the entrance station, then follow the signs to the launch ramp. Make sure you have your kayak inspected for Quagga Mussels. It costs you nothing to do it, but if you fail to do so, there is a hefty fine, impounding of your kayak, etc. Not good stuff! Plus, if you do end up introducing Quagga or Zebra Mussels into Lake Powell, guess who is going to be held responsible in a court of law? Don't move a mussel - kayak smart.
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