It’s summer time in Wyoming, and Lake Powell has beckoned many a kayaker to its waters. It sits in the north central corner of the state right in the heart of the Great Plains. For all its beauty and availability, there is much that makes kayaking in the Great Plains a bit challenging. It’s not that the water is difficult to get into or that you have to spend a long time maneuvering your kayak around hazards along the shore. No, it’s just that kayaking in Wyoming requires some knowledge and skills to make it all work out.
One of the best ways to prepare for a camping trip in Wyoming is to take part in some lake Powell kayaking lessons. If you want to explore the vast natural panorama surrounding the beautiful lakes and marinas, then you’ll definitely want to put together a good map of the area showing all the key landmarks. This will help you identify which area you should camp at and which you should explore first. Of course, there’s no need to worry about where to sleep if you can’t find a decent campsite – at least, you won’t have to wake up at the closest marina.
Fortunately, most lakes are fairly accessible, so you can easily find an affordable campsite and set up your first meal or two by the lake. However, camping in open water poses certain hazards that make it especially important to learn some basic kayaking skills before heading out on an adventure. Luckily, there are a few simple tips for doing just that. Here are five of the best:
– First, when you head out on your Lake Powell Kayaking trip, make sure you bring along a good supply of bottled water. Depending on how long you’ll be out in the water, this could mean as much as two weeks’ worth of water. This is particularly important if you take a drink every hour or so throughout your camping trip. A lot of people forget to keep their bottles filled with water, and the result is lots of nasty water damage around their camping areas. If you’d rather skip the bottles, at least bring along a portable water filter to catch the water that does leak. And remember to bring plenty of sunscreen, sunglasses, and a first aid kit.
– It helps to have a plan of when you’ll paddle out and back from the start/finish line, as well as knowing the right time of day to arrive at the lake. Although boating conditions vary widely depending on the season, you’ll usually find calm conditions at the start of a session, including wind, sunshine, and clear water. Then it gets progressively more challenging as the day goes on, when the wind picks up and the waves pick up along the shoreline, and you’ll need to know exactly how high you’re going to paddle out to get to where you’re going.
– It’s always a good idea to map your course ahead of time, so you can plan where you’ll be going, when you’ll be there, and what you’ll be doing on the way there. You should also plan your route on paper before you go, so you can take note of any problems that you might encounter along the way. However, this is not necessary when kayaking on Lake Powell. There are two large marinas with camping facilities at both ends of the lake. The marinas also provide easy access to campgrounds at either end of the lake. In addition to the two marinas, there are also quite a few camping facilities, cabins, and luxury campsites located along the lake itself.
– It’s important to remember that the trails to the east and west of Powells’ Knoll are more strenuous than the trails to the north and south. If you want to go faster, you can make your way to the northwest area of the lake, where there are several trails to follow. However, if you’d like to do some hiking, you may wish to hike to the northwest from the northwest corner of the powell, where there is an old bridge spanning the Knoll.
– San Juan National Park is the perfect place to visit in the spring and summertime. The water in the canyon is full of wildlife-you’ll see deer, elk, foxes, and mountain goats among other species-and the scenery is picture-perfect. When you do kayak Lake Powell, you’ll be able to view the beautiful falls and waterfall that line the eastern rim of the San Juan Canyon. For the ultimate water experience, you may want to kayak to the west rim of the canyon, where you can enjoy spectacular scenery, wild animals, and breathtaking views of the mountains and waters below.