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Glen Canyon Dam to Lee's FerryNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Kayak avatar Aug 18 2015
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Third kayak trip to Glen Canyon this summer. (I also did a motorboat tour from the dam to Lees Ferry this summer.) After a night and a couple of meals at Marble Canyon Lodge, we launched in the early morning from Lees Ferry to paddle upstream to 6 Mile Camp. We stopped for a break at Waterholes Canyon, where I hiked up to the first box, but decided next time it will be easier to not be on that side of the river, for we lost ground trying to cross back over to where the current is milder. In fact, there were several places where there either was no eddy to follow upstream, or where we had to cross to where there is an eddy. It was not the easiest paddling.

We finally reached 6 Mile Camp, which is on the west side of the river, in the late afternoon and set up camp. The tamarisk trees are pretty much dead at all these river camps, due to the tamarisk beetle. Although this may be environmentally correct, it makes for a lousy camp with little respite from the hot sun, so we were glad to arrive as the cliff shadows had begun to shade the camp. I hope that willows and cottonwoods will grow to take the place of the tammies.

Floating back downriver the next morning we reached Lees Ferry pretty quickly!

Since this was in mid-August the weather was pretty hot but not as hot as July. As always, Glen Canyon provides one scenic amazement after another, and the camera is always at hand. I am hoping to be working here next tour season, and am looking forward to the experience.

I just realized I didn't post the July trip. Will do that later.
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