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Old 01-16-2009   #1
Portage, Michigan
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Cataract Tow Out

Does anyone have advice on who to get a hold of to set up a Lake Powell tow?

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Old 01-16-2009   #2
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Don't worry about it, Lake Powell is too low.

Canyonlands National Park - Conditions on Lake Powell (U.S. National Park Service)

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Old 01-16-2009   #3
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that update is from 2007. I recommend looking at tow out options!
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Old 01-16-2009   #4
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Just row for 2 days after the rapids. You don't want to boat with a motor do you?
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Old 01-16-2009   #5
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Check the lake level elevation. I seriously doubt the lake is back up as Hite marina remains closed, but ask the NPS for an update.
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Old 01-16-2009   #6
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the current pretty much disappeared below Dark Canyon on our October trip. I would assume the lake level is a little lower now, but probably not by much.
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Old 01-25-2009   #7
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Cat tow

In the old days we hired someone from Hite Marina to tow us out. Since Hite is barely a boat ramp then the next marina would be Bullfrog and it would cost you a lot of money. As mentioned before, check the NPS site and call and ask a NPS river ranger for his/her advice.
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Old 01-25-2009   #8
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You really don't need to worry about it!

I did a trip in November and december and we rowed out from gypsum canyon in 10 hours. It wasn't that bad! It is going to be even better now with the lake dropping! Just man up and row! It is a great workout!
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Old 01-25-2009   #9
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Row out. It isn't a big deal, as it was when the lake was full. You will be alright.
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Old 01-26-2009   #10
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I did it last Fall when the lake was at 3,624, and there was no real current to speak of after Gypsum.

This sort of depends on when you're doing your trip. The ramp at Hite is usable down to 3606. Today the lake is at 3,615, and it's been dropping an average of a tenth of an inch a day. So by the time the lake gets to about 3,600, there should be moving water in the vicinity of the ramp on river right above Hite. This will all change in the late Spring, when the runoff starts bringing the lake up, of course.

For current updates, you can see lake levels here

Lake Powell Water Database

Hope this helps you figure out how far you're going to row if you don't have a motor.

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