Lake Powell Messabout
by Kellan Hatch
This September I’ll be attending
the first Lake Powell Messabout. It’s the brainchild of
another friend and Duckworks contributor, David Hahn. Chuck
Leinweber is driving all the way from Texas to attend. Glen
Maxwell is towing his Paradox
up from Florida. I’m pretty stoked. If you’re not
familiar with it, Lake Powell is an amazing place. The second
largest man-made lake in the US, it has more coastline than
the west coast of the United States (at least when it’s
full - we’re currently experiencing a multi-year drought).
Lots of breathtaking, meandering red rock canyons, crevices,
buttes, spires and other natural wonders.
Check out the Lake
Powell Messabout group on Yahoo if you think
there’s any chance you might be able to make it to the
Utah/Arizona border the weekend of September 10-12, 2004. Or
drop me a line
and I’ll add you to the LPM email list.
Local map (click to enlarge)
Note: The reason we are meeting
underwater is that the water has receded quite a bit
from the high-water mark shown on the map
Arriving by Land:
If you’re driving directly to the beach
site, you’ll be coming in on State Road 276, most likely
from either Hanksville or Blanding. This is a really beautiful
drive, so hopefully you’ll be doing it by daylight.
As you get near the lake you’ll start seeing
gas stations and other facilities. There’s a park entrance
gate where you’ll have to stop and pay the entrance fee.
If you’re planning to launch from the ramp, just head
straight ahead on the paved road. The ramp is that big, wide,
really long concrete thing that turns to dirt right at the bottom.
If you’re heading straight for the gathering
spot, you’ll want to take the Stanton Creek Campground
road, which is the first left, just beyond the entrance gate.
Look for a dirt parking area directly off the left side of the
road which will probably have a few boat trailers parked in
it. That’s where the road starts. You’ll come to
a self-pay box where you pay your camping fee on the honor system.
Just past the pay box a road heads off to the right. That’s
the road you want to take. There’s a sign that says “four-wheel
drive recommended.” Don’t panic, this is a good
road that just about any vehicle can handle. The only real obstacle
is a sandy patch a couple of car-lengths long.
The road branches a couple of times, but stay
to the main road (I think it’s always on the right) and
follow it to the end. You’ll end up on a little peninsula
where the road splits. Our little cove is on the left. The mouth
of the cove looks like this:
Bullfrog Bay is on the right.
The GPS coordinates for this point are:
N37°29.305' - W110°42.388' - 3573 ft
We’ll plan to take the large beach area
on the left (hmm, sounds like D-Day. If it’s already occupied
(it’s big, so there shouldn’t be a problem), we’ll
take the right fork. Both are good. Look for a skull-and-crossbones
flag unless you get there before I do (Thursday night).
Arriving by Water:
If you’re arriving by boat, you’ll
be coming in from either Bullfrog Marina or Hall’s Crossing.
Check the “Getting There” map for relative positions
and distances. Here’s the view you’ll see if you’re
coming across from Hall’s Crossing:
The entrance to the cove is just to the right
of this photo. The small rock knob at the extreme right of the
photo is about halfway back into the cove (you’ll drive
right past it if you’re driving in by land). My boy says
it looks like a double-scoop ice-cream cone.
If you’re coming around from Bullfrog Marina,
you’ll pass 2 “haystacks” like the one in
the middle-left of the photo. The best feature to look for as
you get close to the gathering place is a jagged rocky spit
that sticks out into the lake. This is the threshold to our
cove. Safety note: go AROUND it.
The GPS coordinates for the cove entrance
are: N37°29.194' - W110°42.297' - 3566 ft.
Other stuff you should see:
If you’re coming from far away and haven’t
seen the sights in this part of the country, I hope you’re
leaving some time to check out some other amazing places you
can visit. Highest on my list are:
Mesa Verde (near Cortez,
Goblin Valley (between
Hanksville and Green River, UT):
Arches National Park
(near Moab, UT):
Capitol Reef (Near Hanksville,
Bryce Canyon (Near Panguitch,
See you there!