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Lake Powell FAQs

This collection of frequently asked questions provides answers to some of the common questions that we get asked about Lake Powell Houseboat Rentals and houseboating on Lake Powell. If you have a question that is not answered below or if you need additional assistance, our friendly Houseboat Rental agents are more than happy to help.  Contact us toll-free at 888-454-8828 or submit a request for assistance.  We would be delighted to answer all of your questions.

Are there fire restrictions in place?

**updated June 20, 2013
Due to recent dry conditions and high fire danger in southwest Utah and northwest Arizona, fire restrictions are now in effect in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Rainbow Bridge National Monument. Current and forecasted weather patterns coupled with extremely dry vegetation have created hazardous fire conditions throughout Arizona and Utah.
 
The following acts will be prohibited until further notice:
• Igniting, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire outside a fire structure that is provided by the National Park Service within a designated area, (agency approved fire pits and grills provided for in developed recreation sites and picnic areas). Stoves or grills that are solely fueled by liquid petroleum fuels are allowed in all locations.
• Campfires and charcoal fires will continue to be allowed below the high waterline in areas devoid of vegetation.
• Smoking outside an enclosed vehicle or building unless stopped in an area at least three (3) feet in diameter that is clear of all flammable materials.
• Discharging, or using any kind of fireworks, tracer ammunition or other incendiary devices in any location on federal lands is always prohibited.

When should I make my reservation?

As one of the most popular houseboating lakes in the country, Lake Powell boats can sometimes be booked a year in advance. Some boats are more popular than others but the sooner you make your reservation the better. If you're planning on a holiday vacation you'll want to reserve as soon as possible.

Being flexible with your trip's dates or with the specific houseboat you want to rent can significantly improve your chances of booking. We are sometimes able to help customers get a reservation mere weeks before their trip.

When is the best time of year to go on a houseboat vacation?

Any time of the year is a good time to go houseboating! The busiest and most popular season of the year is during the Summer months.  Indian Summer days and cooler nights can be found during Fall which many of our clients prefer. Springtime is good for viewing wildlife, waterfalls and abundant wildflowers. For those mostly interested in fishing, winter is when fishing at Lake Powell is at its best.  Don't worry about being too cold though.  All our vessels are climate-controlled with heaters and some of the houseboats even have a fireplace!  If you have a tighter budget, a good time to go on a Lake Powell houseboat vacation would be between September and May when rates are significantly lower. 

How do I reserve a houseboat or check availability?

The best way to check availability or to reserve a houseboat is to give us a call at 888-454-8828.  One of our reservation agents would be more than happy to check availability for you and answer any questions you might have.  When you call, having an idea of when you want to go and what boat you're most interested in will be helpful and allow us to best serve you.

If you would prefer, you are able to contact us online with your availability request and one of our houseboat agents will respond to you with the information you need as soon as possible.

When do I need to make payments?

Departures from Bullfrog Marina or Wahweap Marina
A deposit is required at the time of booking to confirm your houseboat reservation. 60 days before your departure date the full balance of your rental is due. The deposit is held for the duration of your trip and refunded when the boat is returned undamaged. If you cancel 60 days or more before your departure date there is a $100 fee. Cancelling between 49 and 59 days before departure incurs a $500 fee. If you cancel 44 days or less before departure the full rental amount will be due.

Departures from Antelope Point Marina
A deposit equal to one day's rental of the houseboat is due at the time of booking to confirm your reservation. 60 days before your departure date the full balance of the rental is due. The deposit is applied to the cost of the rental. If you cancel 60 days or more before your departure date there is a $150 fee. Cancelling between 45 and 59 days will cause you to lose the deposit. If you cancel 44 days or less before departure you will be charged the full rental fee. Rescheduling your reservation less than 60 days before your departure date is considered a cancellation.

Are speedboats allowed or available for rent?

Personal watercraft and speedboats are a natural and encouraged companion to a houseboat. We have a large inventory of rentals available, listed on our watercraft page.

Your own speedboat or personal watercraft are allowed on Lake Powell, but you are required to comply with certain rules and conditions.

After a concerted effort over several years by the National Park Service monitoring and prevented infestations, Lake Powell is now free of Quagga and Zebra mussels. They are a highly invasive species and have contaminated waters all across the United States.

If your boat has been in another body of water it must be inspected by NPS agents at the launch ramp prior to being lowered into the lake. If needed they will decontaminate your boat. The service is free in the ongoing effort to keep Lake Powell pristine.

New regulations for personal watercraft went into effect in 2013

2006 emissions standards set by the EPA for two-stroke engines are now being enforced. NPS rangers will consider operator knowledge, persnal watercraft model, engine type and carburator when evaluating compliance with the 2006 standards. If you are unsure about your personal watercraft's status contact its manufacturer or a mechanic.

How do I get to Lake Powell?

Lake Powell is the center of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in southern Utah. The southern tip of the lake dips into Arizona near the city of Page. Marinas on this end of the lake, Wahweap and Antelope Point, are best accessed from Las Vegas to the west or Flagstaff from the south. Bullfrog Marina is towards the northern end of the lake and needs to be approached from Salt Lake City, Utah. There is also a local airport in Page which will get you to Wahweap and Antelope Point.

Click here to view a map of Lake Powell and the surrounding areas.

***Updated June 20, 2013: Due to a land slide in February 2013, a detour is in effect to access Wahweap or Antelope Point from the South.  Please see detour information online at http://www.azdot.gov/us89/

When can I pick my boat up?

Your boat will be available on the first day of your rental, any time after 8 AM (9 AM off-season). If the option is available (call for details) you may arrange for a "pre-board" the night before your first day.

The boat is due at the marina by 2 PM on the last day of your rental.

Is there a maximum number of people per boat?

As part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Lake Powell is subject to National Park Service rules limiting houseboats to 12 people while in motion. When anchored you may have more on board as many houseboats offer sleeping capacity beyond 12. The easiest way to comply with the rule is to use a powerboat or personal watercraft for the extra people when you need to change locations.

If your group is very large you might consider splitting up among more than one houseboat. We can offer assistance with picking the right option for your situation.

What temperatures can I expect on my houseboat trip?

From mid-summer through late fall, Lake Powell is warm and pleasantly cool in the shoulder seasons.  Lake Powell water temperatures are too cold for extended swimming without a wesuit between Winter and early to mid-spring.

View a month-by-month list of temperatures here. This will give you a general idea of what to expect for air and water temperatures.

Is it difficult to drive a houseboat?

Driving a houseboat is not that difficult but it is different than driving a car. When you pickup our houseboat, the marina staff will explain how to drive the boat during your orientation. WIthin a few minutes of driving the houseboat, most people are able to get a hand of maneuvering the boat.

Is a special license required to operate the houseboat?

No special license is needed to operate our houseboats. Upon your arrival,  the rules for operating houseboats on the waterways will be explained.

How old do I have to be to rent a houseboat?

The renter needs to be 21 years of age with a valid drivers license for any houseboats departing from Antelope Point.

For any houseboats departing from Wahweap Marina or Bullfrog Marina, the renter must be 18 years of age or older with a valid drivers license.

Do linens come included with my houseboat rental?

All houseboat rentals come with linens included on the boat. This includes items such as pillows, blankets, sheets, and bath towels. However, beach towels are an item that you will need to bring with you.

Am I allowed to bring my pets on my houseboat?

Most of the houseboats allow pets for a non-refundable fee. If your houseboat is departing from Antelope Point Marina, a pet fee of $100 is charged for the duration of the trip. For any boats departing from either Wahweap Marina or Bullfrog Marina, a pet fee of $10 per day is charged. Please keep in mind that pets are not allowed on some of the larger luxury houseboats.

Where can I stock up on groceries before my houseboat trip?

There are a few main grocery stores in Page, Arizona for those departing on a houseboat vacation from Wahweap or Antelope Point Marinas.

For houseboats departing from Bullfrog Marina, the nearest grocery store is located to the north in Price, Utah, which is about two hours away so be sure not to forget anything on your grocery list.

Am I going to get seasick while on a houseboat?

For the most part, seasickness is uncommon on fresh water.  There is very little motion because houseboats are on pontoons.

Am I able to fish from the houseboat?

Absolutely! Fishing is one of the most popular activities at Lake Powell. The lake offers a variety of fish including Striped Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Catfish, Crappie, Bluegill and Walleye. The marinas have any tackle and bait you may need available for purchase.

How will the low water level affect my trip?

Lake Powell's water level rises and falls dramatically each year, but it is still a massive body of water. In the main channel it is 400 feet deep and 150 miles long. With its many canyons and coves it has 2,000 miles of shoreline. Unless you want to spend a lot of time and gas driving all over the lake you probably won't ever see the whole thing.

There are some interesting effects of the different water levels. As they rise more canyons become accessible. As they fall there are more beaches to claim as your own. High or low the changing lake always has different areas to explore. Even the fishing conditions are the best they've been since 1996.

The United States Bureau of Reclamation has declared the height of the year's runoff to be over, but late snows and extra cold weather along the Colorado River might keep the water flowing in through July. The projection is for Lake Powell to peak at around 3,600 feet this year, the highest sinces August of 2003.

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