September 2006

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Kayak Lake Powell; Paddle To The Beauty

By Dwayne Cassidy

Tourism Coordinator

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 overstocked coolers.

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, e-mailing 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 86040