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Lake Powell 4 Day Paddle, UT
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Lake Powell 4 Day Paddle, UT 
Lake Powell 4 Day Paddle, UT
Kayak avatar Jun 11 2018
Kayak30.29 Miles
Kayak30.29 Miles2 Days   20 Hrs   51 Mns   
1st trip
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This was a beautiful, somewhat challenging, four-day kayak adventure at Lake Powell, camping on beaches we found as we went along. Three nights camping. The days were hot, probably around 100 degrees, and the water was warm enough to swim, so we were never really uncomfortable, since we stayed wet during the heat of the day.

We launched at Stateline Ramp in Wahweap Bay, paddled across and through the narrow channel to the west of Antelope Island, and camped the first night on the north side of the island. There was a lot of boat traffic. I was surprised how easy it was to deal with the big boats. You need to stay aware and careful, but we had no problems with them. People were friendly, waved at us, called out hello. Another thing that astonished me was the size of some of the houseboats! Some of them have three decks plus a sundeck on the roof. According to a rental website, they are about 60 feet long.

On the second day we started up the old river channel toward Padre Bay. We got as far as the 15 mile buoy. My friend was very uncomfortable with the rough water. Even though it wasn't windy the water was very choppy due to all the boat traffic. So, we turned around at the 15-mile buoy and paddled back the way we had come. We found a good camping beach midday, and holed up. This proved to be a very long hot afternoon, sitting under a thin tarp, and swimming from time to time. I would have preferred to deal with the rough water and complete our plan to go to the Cookie Jar in Padre Bay. However, we knew there was to be a storm coming in on Thursday, (two days later), and it is a good thing we didn't go that far, because we would have had to hunker down, and might not have gotten back in time. (I had to work on Saturday, so had to be back to Flagstaff on Friday.)

The third paddling day we headed around Antelope Island. We tried to get a hamburger at Antelope Marina, but there was no easy place to get out of the kayaks. The docks were kind of high above our heads, designed for motorboats. So, we paddled on, stopping at Glen Canyon Dam for selfies (and thus adding 15 more miles to our "line" down the Colorado River.) We found a narrow "pocket beach" to pull in and a nice rock ledge to camp on, only a couple of miles from our take-out at Stateline ramp. Beautiful campsite. We had paddled 17 miles that day.

The fourth day of paddling was short, less than three miles. We paddled through Wahweap Marina, and back to Stateline ramp.

Three nights under the stars: We never even considered putting up the tent, which we had brought only in case of rain. The stars are very bright at Lake Powell, although I think the town of Page could do something about becoming a "dark sky city." That town makes more than its fair share of light.

By the way, the mussel infestation of the lake is well underway. See photo. When the water goes down they die, and they stink. Nasty buggers.

The lake level at the time of this trip was 3611 feet, which is about 89 feet from full pool.

I could spend time here lamenting the loss of Glen Canyon. But I tend to live in the present. I doubt I will see the restoration of Glen Canyon in my lifetime. I have worked as a river rafting guide below the dam, in the 15 remaining miles of the canyon, and have also paddled that section many times, so I know what was lost when the dam was built. I understand most of the pros and cons to decommissioning the dam. I prefer to say, "It is what it is, let's go exploring!"

I would like to paddle the length of the lake, but it is difficult to find information about how far you'd have to go between possible landing spots or beaches. I do know someone who did it last year, and I sent her a message. She said I was asking the right questions about the upper lake: Would I have to paddle 5, 10, or 15 miles between possible stopping places?? Or how far? Is there a map showing stopping places? I'm awaiting her answer. I think the trip from Hall's Crossing to Wahweap would take at least two weeks, and that's if you can paddle more than 10 miles a day, day after day after day. It is not a journey to be taken lightly. The worst danger would be the wind. A local friend advises me to do it backwards: Start at Wahweap and head for Hall's Crossing, because of the prevailing wind. Also, I'd have to find the time. I'm doing a 340-mile kayak trip in November, from Hoover Dam to the Mexican border. That's enough big expeditions for one year. I definitely would not want to do a long trip on Powell in the spring. That's the windy time of year. So, we'll see.
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