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DESTINATION SEA-DOO LIFE – LAKE POWELL

Lake Powell: 

 A memory of a lifetime Sea-Doo destination. 

If you could explore another planet aboard a Sea-Doo, would you go? We took a trip to the location that is often described as the, ‘boating on Mars’ experience. And we caught fish there too!

As our group rode further north on Lake Powell the ‘WOWs’ continued to gain magnitude. Around every big bend there were new rock formations jetting from the waters surface of different shapes and colors. The pure vastness of the area puts you in awe. The vistas stretch for 50-plus miles in some areas and the colors would fill a painter’s pallet.  And perhaps there is no way better to experience this more personally and directly than aboard a Sea-Doo. 

There are boating meccas around the world and the global Sea-Doo community has shared so many incredible images from those places. Lake Powell is near, if not at the top of those special boating places, it’s enthralling. This is part of the Colorado River that has over millions of years deeply cut through the rock lain parts of seven US states and two in Mexico. In the southern part of Utah and on the edge of Arizona, man backed up the river with the hydroelectric Glen Canyon Dam, to create the water storage for the Upper Basin states. These states include Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and New Mexico and with it creates over 2100-miles of shoreline.

Lake Powell is relatively remote, even by today’s standards, with the closest commercial airport three hours away and Las Vegas nearly four hours to the southwest and Salt Lake City over six hours to the northwest.  It’s popular. Over four million visitors a year trek to Lake Powell, yet it’s so big you can go for miles on the water without seeing a person. This is an outdoors mecca with no on-water hotels; it’s a house boaters and campers dream location.

We took the later route.  We took a fishing/camping trip on Lake Powell with four new Sea-Doo FISH PROs. Who is, “we?” Our group was led by Bob Reed, the owner of uplakeadventures.com, a certified captain and licensed watercraft fishing guide on Lake Powell and true lover of the land. He organizes, turn-key (or turn-lanyard), multi-day fishing/camping trips aboard FISH PROs.  Reed maximized the LinQ system and storage packing the FISH PROs with food, fishing and camping gear for our multi-day trip.

 

For this late May trip Reed invited KSL Outdoors host Adam Eakle to join us to experience Lake Powell in a way few have, aboard a Sea-Doo. Eakle is the host of a half an hour outdoors shows broadcast by Salt Lake City’s NBC television affiliate and showcases everything and anything outdoors in Utah.  This trip would include exploring Lake Powell in the open-air fashion on a Sea-Doo and fish the fertile waters for small and large mouth bass, strippers, and walleye.

Reed led us to our campsite 40-miles up the lake in Dungeon Canyon where we unloaded our gear and set up the campsite before heading out to fish. Fishing is plentiful even though Bob and Adam thought the bite was slow; I was having a blast hooking up on average every ten minutes or so with a variety of fish. Most were small but it was fun action. While most were casting, I found that using the FISH PRO trolling mode in setting one or two, crawling around the massive rock structures worked for me. And using the Garmin fish finder helped find where the fish were congregating. And there are a lot of fish in this lake. The bite was fun and I lost count after 30 fish.

Fishing was almost the excuse to explore this beautiful lake. The geology changed around every corner transitioning from jagged red rocks, to vertical white cliffs ascending over 400 feet above the water and sinking to 300-feet below according to the depth finder, all with-in 20-feet from the edge. Then there are the smooth yellow toned rock structures that resembled huge bubbles adorning tight canyons. And there were fish around every rock.

Lake Powell is a memory of a lifetime Sea-Doo destination. Part of the lore of riding a Sea-Doo there is how it puts you in the center of the environment as you can feel, smell, and sometime taste the world around you. The world is simply bigger on Lake Powell and it overloads the senses. View the KSL Outdoors episode below for a look at how we lived the Sea-Doo Life on Lake Powell.

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Lake Powell is near, if not at the top of those special boating places, it’s enthralling. This is part of the Colorado River that has over millions of years deeply cut through the rock lain parts of seven US states and two in Mexico. In the southern part of Utah and on the edge of Arizona, man backed up the river with the hydroelectric Glen Canyon Dam, to create the water storage for the Upper Basin states. These states include Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and New Mexico and with it creates over 2100-miles of shoreline.

Lake Powell is relatively remote, even by today’s standards, with the closest commercial airport three hours away and Las Vegas nearly four hours to the southwest and Salt Lake City over six hours to the northwest.  It’s popular. Over four million visitors a year trek to Lake Powell, yet it’s so big you can go for miles on the water without seeing a person. This is an outdoors mecca with no on-water hotels; it’s a house boaters and campers dream location.  

For more information on how you can join one of Bod Reed’s inclusive Sea-Doo FISH PRO trip on Lake Powell, visit www.uplakeadventures.com.

The writer; Tim McKercher manages Sea-Doo media relations among other special Sea-Doo projects and has led or participated in hundreds of adventure rides over his 30-year Sea-Doo life including riding from Alaska to Russia, racing among the islands of Tahiti, riding 1200-miles down the Mississippi for St. Jude’s Children’s hospital, under active volcanoes in Guatemala, and around the wrecks of Cyprus to name a few. And has been catching fish off of Sea-Doo’s since 1990.