3rd trip to Lake Powell

by  Vanimal

Trip Overview

We put in around 8 AM at the marina at Halls Crossing and headed for Moki Wall. Did not go into Moki Canyon as we did that two years ago. Covered 10 miles the first day according to our GPS with minimal winds. Weather was typical for this time of year with windy conditions developing in the early afternoon. Found a great camping spot just shy of Forbidden Canyon which we went to the following day. This was the first time we brought our dog Lucy along and she had a blast. Water traffic wasn't too bad and the people that we ran into were great, as it is every time we have gone. I highly recommend you do this trip at least once in your lifetime. We will be going on our fourth trip back this year and it gets better and better every time we go.

Safety Notes

We encountered very gusty winds on the 3rd day that almost flipped my wife's kayak and tossed our Jack Russell, Lucy out of her basket. We noticed another kayak trying to paddle against the wind and was going nowhere. They beached it until the wind died down in about 20 min.

Gear Notes

Bring a tent with a mosquito netting roof. We have a Northface Rock 3. Sleeping under the stars is always a bonus at Lake Powell. Lightweight camping chairs are a must. If you do not bring any, getting comfortable during down times is pretty difficult. Also bring your own shade as there were none in all of the spots we camped. If you can find a spot inside a canyon, that would be a good alternative. It also provides more protection against the weather should it turn. Last thing, bring your own toilet. Yeah, it's a pain in the ass but it's required by rules and regs. I also bring a trash compacter bag with me as that's where I put days of accumulated "crap" before we head out. Make sure it's tightly sealed. I hit it with at least 3 zip ties for good measure. There are floating dump stations but they're not easy to use. I


Hot... Even though this was early September, the daytime highs were still in the upper 90s with evening lows in the upper 70s.

Trip Details

  • Trip Dates: 9/1/2016-9/5/2016
  • Trip Duration: Extended Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water

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