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Old June 30th 05, 04:21 AM
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I'm setting up a self-contained trip for myself and about a dozen friends to
canoe and kayak Lake Powell. We're hoping to go from Hall's Crossing to
Wahweap or Antelope Point. Unfortunately, I'm having a tough time setting
up the vehicle/people/boat shuttle.



The drive from Page to Hall's Crossing is about five hours. I was hoping to
drop all the boats and gear at Hall's Crossing, then shuttle vehicles to
Page and find a way back to Hall's with the two or three drivers. That way
we wouldn't need to drive back up to Hall's Crossing at the end of the trip.



Here's where the trouble starts. Because Aramak is the only Park Service
concessionaire on the lake, they have the market cornered. I called the
Wahweap Marina and asked about renting a boat to take all the people and
canoes/kayaks up to Hall's and drop us off. They could do it, but it's
about $70/hour for the boat starting when it leaves the dock and ending when
the boat returns. When I use their figures for rental and time, it adds up
to about $1700 for a one-way shuttle!



I thought about a one way car rental, and although there are several rental
companies in Page, I don't think there are any in Hall's so there would be
no drop-off location.



I'm considering renting a taxi for the trip from Page to Hall's, but I don't
even know if that's possible and have no idea of the cost. I'm even
considering chartering a plane to fly from Page to Hall's. Both have
airports, but I haven't yet found an air charter service.



Our trip isn't until October so I have some time, but does anyone have a
good suggestion? BTW I contacted one of the only kayak rental places in
Page and they were helpful but couldn't really offer me any good
alternatives.



Thanks



pjbphd




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Old June 30th 05, 11:49 AM
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I'm setting up a self-contained trip for myself and about a dozen
friends to canoe and kayak Lake Powell. We're hoping to go from Hall's
Crossing to Wahweap or Antelope Point. Unfortunately, I'm having a
tough time setting up the vehicle/people/boat shuttle.



The drive from Page to Hall's Crossing is about five hours. I was
hoping to drop all the boats and gear at Hall's Crossing, then shuttle
vehicles to Page and find a way back to Hall's with the two or three
drivers. That way we wouldn't need to drive back up to Hall's Crossing
at the end of the trip.



Here's where the trouble starts. Because Aramak is the only Park
Service concessionaire on the lake, they have the market cornered. I
called the Wahweap Marina and asked about renting a boat to take all
the people and canoes/kayaks up to Hall's and drop us off. They could
do it, but it's about $70/hour for the boat starting when it leaves the
dock and ending when the boat returns. When I use their figures for
rental and time, it adds up to about $1700 for a one-way shuttle!


There's an article in the most recent Sea Kayaker magazine about paddline
Lake Powell. They mentioned that they used a commercial boat shuttle
service but didn't say anything about exhorbiant prices. There may be more
information at the end of the article that can help.





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Old July 2nd 05, 02:30 AM
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"John Fereira" wrote in message
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There's an article in the most recent Sea Kayaker magazine about paddline
Lake Powell. They mentioned that they used a commercial boat shuttle
service but didn't say anything about exhorbiant prices. There may be
more
information at the end of the article that can help.



Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately, what the author did was hire a guide
with his own boat. The group I'll be going with is pretty experienced and
familiar with the area so we don't need or really want a guide. The info
box at the end of the article also mentioned shuttles from Antelope Point
Marina at $62/hour. Because we'll need two shuttles to carry all the gear
and people and they charge from the time they leave the dock to the time
they return, that's what adds up to about $1700. Maybe a little less from
Antelope than Wahweap, but still around $1500.

Thanks anyway.

pjb





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Old July 5th 05, 09:31 PM
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"pjbphd" wrote in
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"John Fereira" wrote in message
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There's an article in the most recent Sea Kayaker magazine about
paddline Lake Powell. They mentioned that they used a commercial
boat shuttle service but didn't say anything about exhorbiant prices.
There may be more
information at the end of the article that can help.



Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately, what the author did was hire a
guide with his own boat. The group I'll be going with is pretty
experienced and familiar with the area so we don't need or really want
a guide. The info box at the end of the article also mentioned
shuttles from Antelope Point Marina at $62/hour. Because we'll need
two shuttles to carry all the gear and people and they charge from the
time they leave the dock to the time they return, that's what adds up
to about $1700. Maybe a little less from Antelope than Wahweap, but
still around $1500.

Thanks anyway.


Consider "hiring" a good friend, to come along and shuttle you.
They might need to rent a boat as well, or maybe a large vehicle and
then sit around waiting for the trip to complete.

Hmmm.... that person's time, plus any costs for a boat or auto and
suddenly the $1500 cost is not so high to pay someone else.



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