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Old 09-28-2007   #1
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Floating to South Cove

Has anyone done the float between Diamond Creek to South Cove in the past few months(sooner the better)? I tried to do a search b/c I've seen it discussed here but didn't find a lot of info.
My questions are:1) Is it worth the float(saves a lot of money, but does the float suck?) 2) How long did it take? 3) Was the wind bad on the Lake? 4) any other information that we should know if we are hoping to float down to South Cove? Thanks!!

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Old 09-28-2007   #2
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I did it in May, and there was current to within 5-6 miles of the takeout. The current moves very well the entire distance from 225 (Diamond) to Iceberg or thereabouts. If you have wind, it will be a chore getting across the lake. But I think it's absolutely worth it, even if the high cost of taking out at Diamond wasn't a factor. There's a lot of nice canyon and a few interesting rapids below there.

Some people do a night float after Separation, with the boats barged together and one or two folks staying up to steer away from the occasional sandbar. If you did that, you could be off in an additional day/day and a half. Also, be sure to take the required navigational lights. We budgeted three days, and did a more leisurely thing, with long stops at both Traventines, the Bridge dam site, and so forth.

There are lots of folks at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gcpba/messages who have been on the river since then, so you may want to post over there as well.

Have a good one.

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Old 09-28-2007   #3
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South Cove

I have been down there a couple times - most recently in June. I am not sure my perspective will be useful as we have always had at least a couple motor boats on the trips. The canyon is a little more open and not quite as dramatic as the upper section but still totally awe inspiring. We have always strapped the boats together and motored through the flat water but with the recent low lake levels there is current out past the Grand Wash Cliffs. We had bad wind on the lake during one trip that was totally miserable but usually it’s pretty nice.
If you go try and stop at Travertine Canyon (nice waterfalls). The transition from the Grand Canyon to Basin and Range at the Grand Wash Cliffs is very impressive and in my opinion worth the trip. The big bummer is that the camp sites get pretty slim and crappy past Seperation and Spencer. This is mostly due to giant tamarisk covered silt cliffs from the filling of Lake Mead. Its worth the trip in my opinion especially considering how much the Hualapai charge to use their road.
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