Lake Powell in June

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  1. CharlieN

    CharlieN Member

    74
    Nov 15, 2006
    Arizona
    1989 Sundancer 268
    2001 Dodge Diesel
    502 Mercruiser w/ Bravo 1
    I have been thinking about a trip to Lake Powell in June. I have been there by house boat a few times but never with my 268 Searay. I would like to explore the San Juan arm which is a pretty good distance from Wahweap and someplace I have not been to before. Probably a 6-8 day trip the 2nd or 3rd week in June.
    Have any of you Searay boaters done that trip and what locations have you stayed/camped out at.
    Thanks for your responses in advance.
     
  2. randmhall

    randmhall Member

    225
    Apr 18, 2009
    Grand Lake of the Cherokees, Oklahoma
    2006 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck
    350 Mag Bravo 3
    Sounds great! We only did one day on Lake Powell a few years ago. Rented a run-a-bout from the marina. We were there 2nd week of June. Water was cool, but did.t stop the kids from riding on the tube all day. We just went to the rainbow arch area and back to the marina. Burned the entire 70 gallon tank of fuel doing it. Interesting thing was there were very few other boats on the water. All our pictures have no boats in them. Lonely, but fun at the same time.

    My only advice (which you probably already know) is take extra fuel, and plan your route to the few and far between gas stops.
     
  3. Ray Sea One

    Ray Sea One New Member

    18
    Dec 6, 2012
    Yellowstone Lake
    320
    Merc 350s
    What are the lake levels at Lake Powell now?
     
  4. CharlieN

    CharlieN Member

    74
    Nov 15, 2006
    Arizona
    1989 Sundancer 268
    2001 Dodge Diesel
    502 Mercruiser w/ Bravo 1
    According to

    http://lakepowell.water-data.com/

    water level is now at elevation 3603, up from a low in March of 3593, or 49% of full pool. With all the snow in Colorado this winter, I would expect higher water levels this summer than last.
     
  5. CharlieN

    CharlieN Member

    74
    Nov 15, 2006
    Arizona
    1989 Sundancer 268
    2001 Dodge Diesel
    502 Mercruiser w/ Bravo 1
    We made our trip to Lake Powell in June. Turned out the temperature spiked to 105 degrees part of the time we were there.
    We had a great time anyway. The scenery is just too amazing. We spent a night anchored in Rock Creek, another in Reflection Canyon, another somewhere around Hole in the Rock and 2 more at the Marina. We made a run up the San Juan Arm and some more distance up the main channel.
    Then started retreating back down the main channel to Wahweap. Turned out I had a problem with the start battery and didn’t realize it till the engine almost did not start. I get so focused on what charge state the house batteries are in I forget to consider the start battery unless it doesn’t start. Turned out it was low on battery water in 3 out of the 6 cells and even after adding water it would not charge. Time for a new battery. Tried at Dangling Rope Marina, they could get one up there in a week or so, so I headed to Wahweap Marina. Bought one from them and while there, might as well get a slip and enjoy the plug in power and the A/C on the boat. We did a day trip after that into Navajo Canyon.
    The people at the Marina were really nice, the facilities were first rate and the place was full of SeaRay boats! I slipped next to a late model 32 that was beautiful. Next dock over was another 268 with twin I/O s that looked in really good shape.
    Overall, a good trip, except for the battery everything worked. No troubles trailering and of course a few pictures.

    A few more comments. Previously, they checked the boats before launching to try to keep out the invasive species, This time they checked us on the way out. Seemed they lost that battle so now they are trying to keep them from going any other places.
    June seems to be prime time for house boats (most likely all summer) and I had to look hard for a place to anchor/ tieup without having close neighbors. I have a friend who always liked Sept and early Oct to try and avoid all the crowds. May try that next time.
     

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  6. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    Great pics and write up...thanks.
     
  7. wyrman

    wyrman Member

    854
    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    Looks great. We head that way July 7th, renting a 62' houseboat. I'm sure it will be busy, we'll just have to deal with it.
    I'm taking my 18' bowrider along as well.
     

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