7 Days, 6 Nights|
All ground transportation, lodging, group camping gear, meals, driver/guide, kayaks and related gear, instruction, admission fees.|
Airfare to Flagstaff, AZ, personal clothing and accessories, full medical, baggage and trip cancellation insurance, airport taxes and gratuities.
The geological formations in the southwestern region of the United States are about as magnificent as anyone can imagine. Surrounded by the beautiful red rock that makes up Glen Canyon, we will explore the hiddenmost parts of Lake Powell that have only recently become accessible to kayaks, and kayaks only. Imagine a painted sky at the end of the day that changes from a breathtaking sunset to a star-filled sky that is larger than life - all right before your eyes. It doesn’t get any better than this. Join us as we set out for the southwest on this very special outing.
Day 1: Meet at Flagstaff Airport (FLG) and transfer with group to Page, AZ. We will camp at Lone Rock Camp for the night. We will have an orientation at camp that will include equipment and pack-out review. Time should allow for an afternoon/sunset paddle.
Day 2: We'll put in at Wahweap Marina. By way of Castle Rock, we will paddle on Lake Powell to Antelope Island. We will set up our camp at Antelope Island and have time to explore in our kayaks throughout the afternoon.
Day 3: Today's destination is Labyrinth Canyon, but don't worry as we will have GPS units to help guide us through it. We will break down camp in the early morning and begin our day on the water. Our lunch spot for the day will be determined by our distance traveled. Once we arrive at Labyrinth Canyon we will set up camp and enjoy the sunset with a delicious meal.
Day 4: Our schedule for today is purely to explore Labyrinth Canyon. It has some of the most incredible slot canyon on Lake Powell, but they can be tricky to get into. We will spend the day exploring and enjoying all the pleasures Lake Powell has to offer. We will stay a second night at Labyrinth Canyon.
Day 5: We begin our day with an early departure from Labyrinth Canyon. Today's destination is Antelope Island where we will camp for the night. Depending on our arrival time to Antelope Island we may be able to explore a section of Navajo Canyon. This canyon is 20 miles long with camping located at the mouth but not further in so we will plan to explore the mouth of the canyon (at least).
Day 6: Today is our final water day. We will paddle from Antelope Island, by way of Castle Rock, back to Lone Rock Camp. Once we reach Lone Rock Camp we will unload the kayaks, separate the gear, and head into Page, AZ, where we'll celebrate our accomplishments. We will be spending the night at a hotel and enjoy ordering our food and drink from a menu.
Day 7: We will plan a morning departure from Page, AZ, en route to Flagstaff Airport (FLG). Estimated time for departure is 10:00am, however this may be changed due to early departures.
**Itinerary subject to change depending on conditions and availability of campsites.
Clothes should be packed in suitable dry bags or stuff sacks lined with heavy duty garbage bags. Note that kayak hatches are rarely more than 1 ft. wide. Several smaller dry bags are much easier to fit in kayaks than large ones.
This is all you will need -- anything else is unnecessary baggage and will only be extra weight to carry.
You may find that you can borrow some of these items if you don’t own them already
- Packed Wetsuit (farmer john style) (can be rented from Northwest Passage)
- 3 t-shirts (at least one non-cotton)
- 1 towel (small PackTowel® work great!)
- 2 shirt, long sleeved synthetic (non-cotton)
- 2 pairs of shorts (at least one non-cotton)
- Sun/rain hat
- 1 pair fast drying synthetic long pants - no blue jeans
- 1 medium or heavy fleece jacket and pants
- 2 pairs shoes/sandals - Tevas, booties, water shoes, light sneakers etc. all work very well - one pair to get wet.
- 3 pair socks ( wool, smart-wool, no cotton!)
- 1 pr. synthetic long underwear (medium weight) top and bottom
- Bathing suit
- Bandanas (optional) (can be used for head covering, washing up, etc)
- Rain Jacket & Pants (wearing this over fleece equals warmth)
- Clean change of clothing for the trip home (to be left with van)
- Toiletry kit (toilet paper, toothbrush, biodegradable soap and shampoo, face cream, personal medication etc.)
- Sunscreen (we will be at 3,700 ft, so bring high SPF) Sleeping bag (30 degree rating) and pad
- Small flashlight or Headlamp, batteries & extra bulb
- Water bottle
- Packed Hat & Gloves (synthetic) for the evenings – it may get cold.
- Chums/Croakies to keep glasses on your head are imperative (floating ones are preferable)
- Energy bars/snack food (limited quantities- we will feed you plenty!)
- Pocket knife Large plastic cup with handle (e.g. commuter coffee mug) or small lexan Nalgene (for hot drinks)
- Paddling gloves (can be any type of open fingered glove e.g. biking gloves, sailing gloves etc.)
- Camera, film, waterproof container
- Reading matter and maps (waterproof case)
- Paddling jacket
- Sewing kit
- Compass Ziploc® storage bags
- Crazy Creek® or similar generic chair (highly recommended for camp use, gives great back support)
- Entertainment (harmonica, cards, games)
- Fishing rod (collapsible, with container and license) and tackle
Notes: Please feel free to call us if you have ANY questions about what to bring with you on this trip. Having the right clothing and equipment is essential for any adventure.
What is special about this trip?
Lake Powell is widely recognized as one of the country’s most scenic locations. Rock formations of amazing grandeur and beauty stretch as far as the eye can see in this region. To top it all off, many of the most beautiful (and best hidden) parts of Lake Powell are only accessible to kayaks, making for some fantastic daily exploration!
How do I get there?
Northwest Passage staff will pick participants up at the airport in Flagstaff, AZ. (You can fly into Page, UT, but the flights are much more expensive to Page, so we suggest Flagstaff). We will then drive to our first campsite at Lone Rock Camp in Utah, which is the same place as our put-in the first day of paddling. Upon registering for the trip you will receive a map and exact directions to our meeting location.
How and where will you meet me?
A guide carrying a Northwest Passage will meet you at the airport. If you are not flying we will provide you with detailed directions to an alternate meeting location.
How long will it take me to get there?
This varies widely due to connecting flights, layovers, etc.
Where should I stay overnight around there?
If you plan to arrive early or stay late, give the office a call for a recommendation on a great place to stay.
What money should I take?
While you won’t need any money on the trip, many folks like to do some shopping afterwards.
Do they take plastic there? Are there cash stations?"
Most of the shops and restaurants in town accept major credit cards and ATMs are widely available.
What's the weather like?
An old saying in Utah is: “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes. It will change”. Lake Powell weather at the end of April is usually beautiful and sunny, with very low chances for rain. Since we will be in a desert climate, the temperatures in the day can be very different from the night. Temperatures during the day can range from 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and in the evenings the lows can reach into the low 40’s.
What are the accommodations like?
This trip is a camping trip. The Northwest Passage will provide two-person tents for participants to share and all the necessary group camping equipment. Those wishing to have an individual tent should contact us regarding the availability of a single supplement. We will be camping on sand bars and shores lines, so campsites will be primitive. When traveling in the backcountry, NWP practices Leave No Trace camping techniques. This means that we will pack out all of our garbage, and minimize our impact on the land as much as possible. Your help in this endeavor is greatly appreciated!
What do I need to bring?
Once you register you will receive an equipment list that will help guide you in your packing. In addition to your personal accessories, you will need to have an assortment of insulating clothes as well as a sleeping bag and a sleeping pad. Feel free to contact our office for any questions regarding gear and/or clothing, as we want to make sure that you are comfortable during the trip.
Can I drink the water?
The drinking water on Lake Powell will come from the Lake itself. While it is very clean and tasty, we will be treating the water before we drink it. For our water purification we will be carrying filtering pumps, aqua drops, and iodine tablets.
What's the food like?
We plan for delicious food on the Lake Powell trip – and plenty of it. Dinners will range from delicious spaghetti to fajitas with desserts every night. While some of our food will be freeze-dried, the majority will be fresh food cooked into delicious meals every night. Lunches will include an assortment of trail mixes and snacks, sandwiches and plenty of beverages. Breakfasts will provide a good start to your day with an assortment of hot dishes, oatmeal, breakfast bars and hot drinks. Any dietary restrictions should be made known well in advance of the trip.
What time zone will I be in?
Lake Powell is on Mountain Standard Time. (Fun fact: Utah and Arizona are both on Mountain Time, but Arizona does not follow day light savings, so the times could be different! But, the Navajo Nation in Arizona does follow daylight savings time. So the time changes could be confusing if traveling between states! Good thing we will be paddling only in Utah!)
How can people reach me in an emergency? Can I call home?
Once we set off from our put in, it will be very difficult to access a phone, therefore we recommend that you have all of your personal matters in order before the trip departure. We will be asking you to provide us with an emergency contact whom we can contact on your behalf if necessary.
How much time do we spend traveling each day? How many miles? Do I have free time?
We will be kayaking up to 15 miles each day, with breaks along the way to relax, eat, and stretch out our legs. We will generally aim to be out on the water in the early morning when the winds are calmer and off by late afternoon. We’ll plan time in the evenings for relaxation, fishing, hiking, or simply reading a book.
What kind of equipment do you use?
We use high quality, durable equipment for all of our kayaking and camping purposes. Our tents are either Eureka or Kelty lightweight tents and we have a variety of Polyethylene sea kayaks.
How many people are on this trip? How many guides? Who are the guides / what are their qualifications?
The minimum number of people needed to make this trip go is 5. Generally our groups are fairly small (between 5-10 people), and we maintain a ratio of one guide for every five participants. Our guides are all experienced in all aspects of wilderness travel and have years of experience leading groups. They all hold certifications in Wilderness First Aid.
How can I prepare physically for the trip? How much prior experience is needed?
We recommend that you take one or two of our kayak technique classes (Intro to Sea Kayaking, Fundamentals I and II) if you don’t have experience kayaking. Since we regularly schedule double digit mileage days, paddling with proper technique is essential for your full enjoyment of the trip.