I love spending time with a congenial group of like-minded people sharing my week on a houseboat at Lake Powell, Utah.
This information page is provided for those invited...
...Houseboating on Lake Powell Aboard the Wildwind II
A rich week of relaxing, eating,
swimming, water skiing, hiking, exploring,
eating, sleeping, partying, playing with marine/ham radios, fishing, eating, and
living in a swimsuit or less in canyon country. Its a small-group getaway
adventure, where we spend seven
nights aboard the Wildwind II, a privately owned houseboat 62' long,
16' wide, brand new in 2001. The boat has a flying bridge, quiet 4-stroke outboards,
a giant living area with a fully equipped galley, two bathrooms, a shower, a
waterslide that drops from the roof into the lake, and inside sleeping space for 15.
Check out Wildwind IIs floor plan, interior photos, and
We enjoy warm, emerald green water amidst orange cliffs and sinewy canyons, remote from
civilization. We sleep indoors or camp on the top deck under stars, anchored to
shore in different places most nights. Destination details are negotiable for each trip
based on crew preferences. Except for when we are in a marina, we need not wear
anything the entire week. No smoking or pets aboard ship. A mellow, flexible,
cooperative attitude is essential. On Lake Powell, one should expect the
unexpected: its an adventure, not a cruise.
Read the trip reports from 2001, 2002, 2004, or 2007! (Sorry, other trip reports haven't been written yet.)
WHERE: Lake Powell,
southeast Utah, a sinuous, 145-mile-long, man-made reservoir in Glen Canyon
along the course of the Colorado River, with nearly 2000 miles of shoreline. We depart from and return
to Bullfrog Bay, in the middle of the lake (mile 95). Bullfrog appears in the
center and toward the top of this photo taken from the Space Shuttle.
Words cant do justice to the beauty and majesty of Lake Powell; its a
sight to be experienced, not described. Wide-open waters for swimming, boating
and skiing; narrow, high-walled canyons barely wide enough for a powerboat or even a kayak; a
majestic yet alien landscape tailor-made for rock climbers and artists. Wandering the myriad labyrinthine side canyons is like exploring a fractal ... but from the inside. If you
havent been to the alternate reality that is Lake Powell, its hard to explain;
if you have, no explanation is needed...
Words cant do justice to the beauty and majesty of Lake Powell; its a sight to be experienced, not described. Wide-open waters for swimming, boating and skiing; narrow, high-walled canyons barely wide enough for a powerboat or even a kayak; a majestic yet alien landscape tailor-made for rock climbers and artists. Wandering the myriad labyrinthine side canyons is like exploring a fractal ... but from the inside. If you havent been to the alternate reality that is Lake Powell, its hard to explain; if you have, no explanation is needed...
If you have a broadband connection, browse through this collection of Lake Powell
panoramic photographs I created during several trips to the lake.
My time varies from year to year according to a complicated formula, but runs almost always from one Sunday to the next.
In 2013, my summer week runs from August 11 through 18.
The weather will be great for canyon exploring, and swimming (even at night!) and water skiing. The moon will be at first quarter, illuminating evening activities and then setting for a spectacular star show.
Looking good, Bert cuts a swath:
WHO: Houseboat share owner is David Herberg of Monte Sereno, California. I often enjoy inviting friends who share the adventuring spirit and participate in crewing the boat. My limit is 10 people (more or less); we prefer less-crowded trips, and have gone with as few as three people or as many as 14. Please note that I only offer to share my own vacation by personal invitation, and I am not in the travel agency business. Merely reading this web page does not in itself constitute such an invitation. If youd like, it is always possible to create your own trip with a houseboat rented from ARAMARK, the official Lake Powell concessionaire.
SHARED EXPENSES: Vary from trip to trip, based upon time of year, number of guests, etc. The trips are conducted in a shared-expense, non-profit manner: I pay my own way, any excess is refunded, and I carry forward any deficit. The shared expenses include all meals and snacks aboard ship (but not alcoholic beverages); houseboat and ski boat fuel and oil; our annual maintenance fees; and various shared incidentals, but no travel expenses to and from Utah.
Also, the shared expenses include a $200 honorarium to each person bringing a ski boat,
plus we buy all the gas and oil needed for the ski boat at the lake. The
houseboat now comes with a 200-gallon auxiliary gas tank, so those annoying fuel
runs to the marina are eliminated, and we can wander farther from the crowds. Leftover food (often quite a lot) is divided among the (surviving :-) crew at the end of the week.