By Dwayne Cassidy
Page/Lake Powell Tourism Bureau
Most people venture to the clear blue waters and red sandstone
cliffs of Lake Powell for a family oriented houseboat adventure
complete with water skis, personal watercraft, fishing boats, and
However, if you are willing to work a little, a kayak trip will
open the beautiful treasures of Glen Canyon National Recreation
Area like nothing else can.
Imagine floating in a seemingly endless winding canyon with
just the sound of your breathing and the gentle slap of the water
as you paddle your kayak. It is quiet enough to hear the
skittering of lizards on the walls of the canyon and the echo of
the trilling songs of swallows and canyon wrens.
At times, the water is so still it is hard to see the line
where the water ends and the walls start.
The kayak’s size allows it to meander farther into winding
canyons than any boat. At the end of many canyons you can continue
to walk up and make your own discoveries of waterfalls, hanging
gardens, unique rock formations, and secluded beaches.
Lake Powell is huge. It is a good idea to have a base camp with
a houseboat or powerboat that can ferry you up the lake to a
central spot near the canyons you wish to explore.
There are 96 major canyons and hundreds of unnamed side
canyons. The city of Page, Ariz., has several companies that rent
kayaks, boats, houseboats and offer kayak guide services.
You can get more information by logging onto our Web site
firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the Page Tourism
Bureau. Boating rules and regulation are available from the
National Park Service at
Other contact information — phone: (888) 261-7243,
fax: (928) 645-6870, and mailing address: P.O. Box 482, Page, AZ