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Lake Powell

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I need some info on Lake Powell. Is there waterfront camping, and can you keep your boat near your campsite. Powell is on my bucket list, so I want to find out what is the best way to stay there, outside of a houseboat. Any recommendations appreciated! Thanks
 

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We stayed at the Wahweap campground a few years ago with our RV and then just launched our boat each day. The boat launch is just a mile or so down from the campground. The lake is awesome and huge -- without a house boat or beach camping, you likely won't be able to explore it all. We're going this summer and renting a houseboat for 5 days (and likely will tow our boat down there as well -- hopefully our new 255xd that's supposed to come in next week). I'm also looking for advice from those that have spent time there as to the best beach spots, etc. Powell is a blast and if you go in the Summer, the water is as warm as a swimming pool.
 

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Does it get super crowded? Do you need o reserve a year in advance? I heard its like 60 miles from one end to the other. So I’m guessing beach camping is allowed? It doesnt look like there are many beaches.
 

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Tons of beaches where you can camp. You can pull your boat right up to the shoreline and pitch a tent. There is more coastline on Powell than on the west coast of the U.S. so even when it is busy you can just keep going and you will find a good spot.
 

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It’s such a huge lake that even when it’s busy it doesn’t feel like it. I’ve only been there once and there were a few areas that were busy/lots of traffic, but we’d just boat to another area.
For houseboat rental I recommend a year in advance. We got lucky and found one of the last ones avail for the summer (we booked 2 months ago for end of July).
we have great boating 10 mins from our house - and we still are gonna drive 1000 miles again this year to spend a week - so that tells you how awesome it is.
 

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Here’s a pretty good map To get you started.

You should Have a good GPS / chart plotter / depth finder With a lake level offset feature. The lake is a bit low right now and is forecast to stay low so there are more navigational hazards.

The lake is over 80 miles end to end. And you can camp along the shore, but you must have a porta potti while camping on the shore.
 

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Powell is an amazing place. I don't know anywhere else you can experience the sheer canyon walls, beautiful desert colors and deep turquoise water. Like others have said, boat camping is allowed anywhere and there is plenty of shoreline. You must pack out everything so it you decide to go out on the lake for a couple nights bring porta potti. NO GLASS! There is one beach outside of Page called Lone Rock Beach. You can bring a RV down to the water and have your boat on the beach. Its first come first serve and you have to be able to get through the sand. We have stayed there in our RV many times and always had a blast. I was there in February and the water was pretty low, but there were still people camped at Lone Rock.

Houseboat is really the best vacations I have ever had. You really get away, and it melts away the daily life. It can be so relaxing. We have rented from the marina at Wahweap and also from private owners. The best by far is to rent from a private owner. Check Craigslist in Page, you see postings all the time from people who can't use their week on the boat. Lots of the private boats have additional fuel storage for you tow alongs, solar freezers to keep ice and are just so much nicer then the marina rentals. The most expensive things you will use are fuel and ice, can never have too much ice.

Forget the GPS and chart plotter. Have some adventure. You are on vacation, get away from the electronics. Get a map and binoculars and follow the mile markers. If you make a wrong turn down a canyon, you turn around and get back out to the main channel.

Watch the weather, it can and does come up fast in the afternoons and can produce very big winds and waves. Also, don't park a boat on shore too close to a cliff overhang. Rains will wash over the ledges and will create a waterfall. Don't want to be under one of those.

Go! Do it! It will be a great time. Something you will never forget.
 

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Powell is an amazing place. I don't know anywhere else you can experience the sheer canyon walls, beautiful desert colors and deep turquoise water. Like others have said, boat camping is allowed anywhere and there is plenty of shoreline. You must pack out everything so it you decide to go out on the lake for a couple nights bring porta potti. NO GLASS! There is one beach outside of Page called Lone Rock Beach. You can bring a RV down to the water and have your boat on the beach. Its first come first serve and you have to be able to get through the sand. We have stayed there in our RV many times and always had a blast. I was there in February and the water was pretty low, but there were still people camped at Lone Rock.

Houseboat is really the best vacations I have ever had. You really get away, and it melts away the daily life. It can be so relaxing. We have rented from the marina at Wahweap and also from private owners. The best by far is to rent from a private owner. Check Craigslist in Page, you see postings all the time from people who can't use their week on the boat. Lots of the private boats have additional fuel storage for you tow alongs, solar freezers to keep ice and are just so much nicer then the marina rentals. The most expensive things you will use are fuel and ice, can never have too much ice.

Forget the GPS and chart plotter. Have some adventure. You are on vacation, get away from the electronics. Get a map and binoculars and follow the mile markers. If you make a wrong turn down a canyon, you turn around and get back out to the main channel.

Watch the weather, it can and does come up fast in the afternoons and can produce very big winds and waves. Also, don't park a boat on shore too close to a cliff overhang. Rains will wash over the ledges and will create a waterfall. Don't want to be under one of those.

Go! Do it! It will be a great time. Something you will never forget.
How/where did you find private house boat renters? My understanding is that only the marinas are allowed to rent houseboats. When you google private house boat rentals or look on craigslist nothing comes up. We have a hold on a house boat through antelope marina luckily, but it's expensive and would like to know if there are other options. Thanks.
 

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Powell is the most amazing place to visit, my favorite place to vacation. The best way to see the lake is by houseboat so don't rule that out completely, it is really worth it. Lone Rock beach is a popular spot to camp with your truck on the beach but it is all fine Utah sand that has a tendency to get everywhere and you are kind of stuck down lake. I would not leave a boat in overnight just anchored on the beach, a storm could come up and cause a problem or wake from other boats.

Plan to have extra fuel on hand, especially if you make a trip from Lone Rock to Last Chance or Rainbow Bridge. The lake is massive and at high altitude you will go slower and burn more fuel then normal so keep that in mind. Like others have mentioned, be mindful of the weather, it can come up fast if you are not paying attention. Southern part of the lake (Dam to B25) tends to get hit with more weather than the mid sections.

Whatever you do, go there and have a blast!

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"Camped" out of a 18ft Sea Doo loaded to the gunwales about 20 years ago with a couple on a Wave Runner and hydrotrailer. We launched at Bullfrog and kept our room at Defiance House for our supplies (geez, we had so much booze and meat/cheese to keep cold) and gear the whole time and to be able to retreat to air conditioning and a shower (2 or 3 nights camping, one night room was the usual pattern) after trips down river (Dangling Rope was a our furthest), exploring Escalante and San Juan arms and then up river at that time, Hite Marina. Rainbow Bridge had water under it. Lots of slot canyon exploring, the boat hook and rub rail came in handy. It was amazing scenery, and the water was a welcome relief from July heat. We didn't find a lot of "beach", had to get creative with tying off to sandstone and other anchors to keep the gelcoat off the rocks while camping in the coves. We would try to make our distance travel on the main channel early in the day because once the houseboats are on the move, the waves start bouncing between cliff walls and our small, loaded craft took a beating.

Want to do it again with our SX210, but maybe not so much camping, maybe just over nights.
 

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How/where did you find private house boat renters? My understanding is that only the marinas are allowed to rent houseboats. When you google private house boat rentals or look on craigslist nothing comes up. We have a hold on a house boat through antelope marina luckily, but it's expensive and would like to know if there are other options. Thanks.
Looks like you are right. When Armark took over concessions they lobbied the Park Service to restricting private rentals. Sorry, its been quite a while since I have done the houseboat there. I hate Armark! I have my reasons, the biggest being I just about lost my thumb on one of their houseboats due to lack of maintenance. It cost me an end to the trip, a painful ride to Page for emergency care, a good amount of $ in medical bills and they have deep pockets. Basically told me to get a lawyer. When you are out of town its not so easy to do. So be careful on their equipment.
 
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