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    Lake Powell House Boat Vacation Beta?

    Looking for tips on a potential Lake Powell House Boat Vacation.

    We're considering booking something for early this summer. Stuff we'd like to know:

    1) What's the best part of the lake to focus on? We'll probably have a week. We're interested in the canyon lands kind of terrain. Not so much on water skiing.
    2) Is it worth haul the bikes out from California and bring them on board? Its not really a biking vacation, but if the bikes would get us to some land'side attractions that would be tough to access on foot that would be cool.
    3) Any "must see"?
    4) Any other tips on doing this kind of thing right (what to bring, what to pack, etc) ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metamorphic View Post
    Looking for tips on a potential Lake Powell House Boat Vacation.

    We're considering booking something for early this summer. Stuff we'd like to know:

    1) What's the best part of the lake to focus on? We'll probably have a week. We're interested in the canyon lands kind of terrain. Not so much on water skiing.
    2) Is it worth haul the bikes out from California and bring them on board? Its not really a biking vacation, but if the bikes would get us to some land'side attractions that would be tough to access on foot that would be cool.
    3) Any "must see"?
    4) Any other tips on doing this kind of thing right (what to bring, what to pack, etc) ?
    1)We found a really nice secluded bay with only one spot to beach a house boat in Last Chance Canyon. We didn't do much hiking/exploring but it looked like this would be a nice spot for that.

    2) No, unless you're planning on stopping in Moab or St. George on your way to and from, there's really nowhere to ride a bike that's accessible from the boat on the lake proper.

    3) Rainbow Bridge is a must see. Hard to believe without actually seeing it.

    4) Get a ski boat and some personal watercraft for exploring around and scouting out potential camping sites if you have enough people with you to divide up on the first day. That way you can keep the house boat out in the middle of the channel and only pull into tight spots when you find the perfect spot to camp.

    It was a ton of fun. One of our favorite family vacations ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metamorphic View Post
    Looking for tips on a potential Lake Powell House Boat Vacation.

    We're considering booking something for early this summer. Stuff we'd like to know:

    1) What's the best part of the lake to focus on? We'll probably have a week. We're interested in the canyon lands kind of terrain. Not so much on water skiing.
    2) Is it worth haul the bikes out from California and bring them on board? Its not really a biking vacation, but if the bikes would get us to some land'side attractions that would be tough to access on foot that would be cool.
    3) Any "must see"?
    4) Any other tips on doing this kind of thing right (what to bring, what to pack, etc) ?
    1) Possibilities are endless, especially with the water levels way up. You will be able to find a cove/slot canyon where you will be able to be all by yourselves. We usually find a cove off of Padre Bay --- some people (like us) find a great spot and venture off every day from there. Others move a little bit every day or so.

    2) No

    3) I would agree with Rainbow Bridge for 1st timers. That being said, it's nothing like it used to be in the 80's/early 90's when there was enough water to swim under/near it. That's off limits now for many reasons, even if the water level allowed it.

    4) The amount of items/things to bring are endless but depend on what level of boat you rent as they are supplied differently. Also, your boat choice depends of what level of luxury you're after and what you're willing to give up. I like 'simpler' but most in our group likes more luxury.

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    Ive never been to lake powell however i have been house boating many times on Lake Raystown in PA.

    Im not sure the size of boat you plan on renting but they are not exactly the kind of boats that u should be cruising around with. I would absolutely with out a doubt get at least a 16 ft rental boat if no one else has a boat. Dont really want to waste the gas/time undocking your house boat because someone forgot a toothbrush. Also tubing/skiing are great fun ways to pass the time. For learning to ski you dont really need the super flat water u need for slalom, so u can pretty much do it anywhere. Another great thing to do is rent a banana boat...they are a ton of fun, and even more fun when you have a supra pullin it .

    things to bring
    -bottled water
    -fishin stuff if you like fishin
    -copious amounts of alcohol (the boat is very boring when u do have another boat or pwc)
    -cards (for when just talking and drinking get too boring)

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    Cool, thanks for all the tips. I think we'll definitely need a PWC. Fishing gear is a given. One of my kids really likes to fish.

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