Lake Powell need to know
There are three areas to rent houseboats on Lake Powell. We rented our 70-footer through Forever Resorts, at Antelope Point Marina in Page, Arizona, a five-hour drive from the airport in Phoenix. Our boat had four staterooms and two sofas
that pulled out into sofa beds. The kids and a few adults stayed on the upper deck. The
marina has a store, restaurant, bar, and fuel dock. It also rents PWCs and boats. The
team at Forever Resorts provides top-notch service and has everything you’ll need.
The cost of a rental, depending on the number of days, can range from $2,000 to
$9,500. The key is to share one houseboat among several families and split the cost,
making it affordable. Planning meals ahead of time is key to your trip. We planned
every meal and cooked ahead of time for as many meals as we could. Space for food
is limited for big groups, so bring only what’s necessary. If you run out, there are only
four marinas on the lake, and prices are higher. There’s a Walmart in Page.
Pack light. My kids and I were in swimsuits all day and night. Throw in a couple of
sundresses for girls and shirts for boys and you’re set.
The boat comes with all the essentials you’ll need, including sheets for beds and all
the appliances and tools you’ll require in the kitchen. Bring your own towels, and pack
biodegradable shampoo because you’ll probably bathe in the lake to avoid using freshwater. The boat is equipped with an extra tank that holds fuel for your PWC and boats
so you can fill up without going to the gas station. The boat also has air-conditioning
and two generators.
Never driven a houseboat before? No problem. Forever Resorts has a captain who
takes you in and out of the marina, and since you’re mostly beaching the boat on sand,
the rest is easy. The company provides a detailed one-hour orientation on how to run
everything on the boat.
Do your research on which coves you want to visit and where you want to stay
overnight. The lake is large, so you can spend a lot of time looking for great spots if
you haven’t previously narrowed them down. — H.S.
Left: Lake Powell’s
numbers of striped
bass to throw on
the grill for dinner.
Right: Twins Tucker
and Wyatt enjoy
riding on an inner
tube behind the
dad. Below right:
the sun set, roasting
an open fire, and
cove. We found an amazing one in
Face Canyon, where the rock in front
of us was so large that our 70-foot
houseboat looked like a 12-foot dinghy.
Perfection! We were alone, the water
was completely calm, and we were far
from the sounds of daily life. The kids
jumped off the boat and immediately
started exploring. Within a few hours
they’d hiked, swam, fished, and now were
building castles of sand.
After two days and nights, we headed
farther north. Lake Powell’s canyons and
rock formations are endlessly fascinating
to watch as they unfold. Our next stop
was Rock Creek Bay, where we found a
spot so amazing that it would hold us
for the rest of our voyage. We beached
our houseboat in beautiful sand. To our
left was a small open bay with the three
separate inlets for which Lake Powell is
famous – each goes back for miles and
fits only a PWC, paddleboard, or kayak.
Down each of these inlets lay boundless
adventures. Nearby were two separate
beaches and a point that provided us with
endless amounts of striped bass to throw
on the grill for dinner.
Each day brought our children so many
different adventures. They each caught