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Jun 11 2018
azbackpackr
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Lake Powell 4 Day Paddle, UT 
Lake Powell 4 Day Paddle, UT
 
Kayak avatar Jun 11 2018
azbackpackr
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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Jul 21 2015
azbackpackr
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Wahweap Bay KayakingNorthwest, AZ
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Kayak avatar Jul 21 2015
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Kayak6.07 Miles
Kayak6.07 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   2.96 mph
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1st trip
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I set up my camp at Wahweap Campground [ photoset ] and then drove down to Stateline ramp to launch. I paddled down to Lone Rock beach where there were many people camping along the shoreline. It's very sandy there and there were lots of kids having fun in the warm water. A lovely day. Then I turned around and went back the same way.

I really want to explore this lake a lot more. You may notice on GPS route it looks like I didn't go all the way up the small side canyons. But I went as far as I could go in the kayak. The lake is not as low as it was, but it isn't full by any means. I was told by a local that it's at 53% capacity.

I enjoy multiday kayaking, and this lake is a good place for that. Lots of places to camp, and it's free. A kayaker needs to mostly stay along the shoreline. There is a lot of motor traffic out there in the middle. But there is more to see along the shore anyway.

I got my kayak here at Lake Powell a couple of years ago. I bought it second-hand from an outfitter who said his customers were "afraid" of it. Too narrow and tippy for them, he said. I have beat the heck out of it and am thinking about getting a newer one.
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Jun 12 2012
PaleoRob
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Wahweap Bay KayakingNorthwest, AZ
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Kayak avatar Jun 12 2012
PaleoRob
Kayak1.83 Miles 3 AEG
Kayak1.83 Miles      36 Mns   3.04 mph
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Kayaked around Lone Rock. As I was pulling back into the beach, a kid on shore called out to me, "Hey, can I use that when you're done!?" :? Strange. Why would anyone presume that? His sister called him on it too. "Why would you even say that? It isn't yours!" Caused me to chuckle a bit.
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Jun 02 2012
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Kayak avatar Jun 02 2012
PaleoRob
Kayak1.68 Miles 3 AEG
Kayak1.68 Miles   2 Hrs      0.84 mph
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Good time in the bay with friends. Fought against the wind to get into a small side canyon. Hung out for a bit, then turned around and basically let the wind carry us back towards our launch point. All in all, a nice afternoon.
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May 29 2012
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Kayak avatar May 29 2012
PaleoRob
Kayak2.81 Miles 14 AEG
Kayak2.81 Miles   1 Hour      2.81 mph
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Got up to Page and basically the first thing I did was get my mussel-free cert. Then it was into the water for me! Paddled across the bay, stopped on a little island, and then made my way back. Some breeze on the return trip hindered me a little, but I had adjusted my seat to have a better paddling position on the island, so I was paddling better. Fun times!
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