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Where are you launching, Wahweap? It was hard for me to envision the sheer magnitude of Lake Powell and the area. How many days will you spend on the water and how many in the area? Will you have a slip at Wahweap or launch everyday and retrieve?
There are a good many canyons to explore and a couple of very nice beaches just a short distance from Wahweap and If you can make the run to Rainbow Bridge, it is worth it, but watch the weather and know your run will be early and when it is calm. I made it in an hour and 8 minutes going, but took 2.5 hours coming back not including a rest stop for lunch and a swim. It isn't like most lakes or the ocean. The sheer walls make for returned waves and wakes, in areas, it's like a washing machine. The castle rock cut is a short cut and keeps you from having to use the narrows that passes Anyelope point marina, but that marina and the trio through there is incredible too. I explored Antelope Canyon, Navajo Canyon, and labyrinth canyon. All were impressive.
We started slow and stayed in Waheap Bay and to the dam the first day, enjoying the beach directly across from the Rv resort at Wahweap, beside Ice Cream Canyon.
If you make the run to Rainbow, definitely gas up for the return at Dangling Rope Marina. Enjoy the lake, and the area is just as spectacular. The slot canyons on Navajo land are incredible, make a reservation, and take a tour. We saw Zion, Bryce, and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon while there. Share your journey with us!
The tour down the Colorado below the dam gets you down to the dam base and at the spillway discharge. The tour gives you great insight when combined with then a tour of the dam at the Carl Hayden Visitors Center (Glen Canyon Dam) which maintains the dam. The Slot Canyins I mentioned are a short drive from Page, on the dry end of Antelope Canyon. And a helicopter ride gives you an impressive view of a much greater area and some thrills to boot!
I see the lake level is only 65' below full pool. Full pool is overflowing the spillway and hasn't happened since 1983. You will have the lake 20' higher than we had it, and that will cover a good number of exposed peaks, pay attention to your chart plotter and get a physical map too. Even coming and going from Wahweap toward the dam, as you approach the narrows that pass antelope point Marina, just passed the dam canyon entrance, you have some stick ups there that will be just out of sight...but they are solid rock!!! So pay close attention to the markings and I found them to be not exactly accurate. The best advice @AZDANSX230HO gave me was to watch for color changes in the water. Everywhere you go, the lake is deep, the color changes to muddled when the bottom rises up.
We are also heading to Waheap this coming Wednesday for 10 days. Staying at the RV Campground and have rented a slip. Looking forward to seeing the many sights of Lake Powell and surrounding area. Maybe we will see you there.
Head out toward Dangling rope and top off the fuel tank. Continue up the lake and look for the San Juan on your right. Take a great boat ride through the San Juan arm. Great spot with little boat traffic. Watch the weather and fuel level. Fill back up at Dangling rope on your way back.
Keep an eye out for the tour boat. It throws a wake that is 5+ feet tall and the wake can sneak up on you from far away.
@MrMoose , your going to want to get the big lake map wth like markers listed. I can't stress how big this lake is. It is so big that things look similar. Those mile markers really help you determine position. The chart plotter is a great tool, but your going to want a better map with the contour lines.
This is a really good reference map but lacks lines. Had tons on it and is a moused by Lake Powell boaters for years.
The following are contour detailed and I used them to study and reference my crossings and anytime I was puzzled.
Sorry for the delayed response to this thread. It was a great 2 days at Lake Powell. Special thanks to @AZDANSX230HO, @txav8r, and @TheGilster22. You guys gave me all I needed to get the most out of the two days on the lake.
Once we were in Page with Wi-Fi, I had the opportunity too update my chart plotter waypoints which really helped with the exploring. It was fun for me to explore the really narrow canyons, and having the chart plotter enabled me to see whether there was a spot wide enough to turn around further ahead.
The highlight for my boys was being able to climb up the canyon walls and explore on their own. It's a pretty unique place!
At sea level, my boat consistently ran 48-52 (maxed at 54). At lake Powell, 40-44 was the max.