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         Whether this is your first houseboat,              All    organizations  maintain      a
trip, or one of many, all of us at Lake Powell      presence on the lake and in surrounding
would like to welcome you to the Glen               lands year ‘round. If you should need
Canyon National Recreation Area.                    assistance at any time on your vacation
         The facilities and lands in the area       with us, chances are it will be dedicated
are managed, developed and protected                individuals from these organizations that
through the cooperation of federal, state,          will be there to lend a hand.
private, and volunteer organizations.                       However, with over 3 million visitors
Despite its vastness, Lake Powell makes up          annually, Lake Powell becomes a
only 13 percent of the Glen Canyon                  vacationer’s community - relying on the
National Recreation Area.                           cooperation, interaction and conservation of
         The US National Park Service is the        boaters and vacationers like yourself to
primary administrator for the area providing        maintain this remote and wonderful
environmental        oversight,   long     term     destination.
preservation planning, and seeing that                      As you can imagine, one of our
visitors to Lake Powell fully experience and        primary concerns is to conserve this
understand the importance of this federally         precious resource for future generations.
protected area.                                     You will see and hear similar messages
         Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas,             many times on your vacation.
managed by ARAMARK, operates the                            Enjoy yourself and have a safe and
concessions including all marina operations         pleasant vacation, but please pack out
at 5 of the 6 Lake Powell marinas, plus             whatever you take in. It’s up to us all to
lodging facilities at Bullfrog, Hall’s Crossing     keep Lake Powell clean and safe - for those
and Wahweap Marinas. Boat Tour                      that have yet to visit.
operations,      and     extensive      service,            Relax and have fun at Lake Powell.
engineering and administration facilities are       We all wish you the best vacation ever!
also operated by ARAMARK under contract             Remember, we’re here to help if you need
with the National Park Service.                     us.
         The US Coast Guard along with
State Park Fish and Game Departments                Enjoy.
also play an important role in maintaining
and developing this immense recreation

Nautical Notes Table of Contents

Help Keep Lake Powell Clean               3-4
Stay Safe                                 5-7
Air & Water Temps                           8
Navigating Lake Powell Map/Mileage          9
Buoys                                      10
Tips for Your Trip                         11
Suggested Items                            12
Knots                                   13-14
Glossary                                   15
Parking Your Houseboat                  16-18
Towing Tips                                19
Ports of Call – Wahweap                    20
Ports of Call – Hall’s Crossing/Bullfrog 21
Ports of Call – Hite/Dangling Rope         22
Emergencies & Accident Reporting           23
10 Basic Rules of Houseboating             24

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                                                Help Keep it Clean
Congratulations! Through support of             dump sewage into the lake, its shoreline or
boaters like you, Lake Powell is recognized     in trash receptacles! Again, with so many
as one of the cleanest recreation areas in      visitors, the delicate desert environment
the National Park System.                       responds far too slowly for decomposition
With 189 miles of lake and 1960 miles of        of shoreline waste.
shoreline, along with over 3 million visitors   Portable toilets are required for all overnight
each year, maintaining the environment is       camping on Lake Powell.
of primary concern and quite a task. Only
through education and cooperation of all        Floating Rest Room Facilities
visitors, can we keep Glen Canyon National      As part of the Lake Powell Pure campaign,
Recreation Area clean and safe for guests       many new facilities are in place for
and the wildlife that call this delicate        disposing of human waste. Floating stations
ecosystem their home.                           are located along the main channel near
                                                the mouths of the following canyons:
Trash & Litter Disposal
It is important to emphasize to all members     Warm Creek Canyon           Mile 15
of your party to remember to pack out what      Face Canyon                 Mile 23
you take in. Litter, no matter how small not    near Dominguez Butte
only detracts from the natural experience of    Rock Creek Bay              Mile 33
the area, it can adversely affect wildlife.     Oak Canyon                  Mile 51
Cans, bottles, even cigarette butts need to     Escalante River Arm         Mile 69
be properly disposed of at the receptacles      The Rincon                  Mile 77
provided at each marina. As a general rule,     Halls Creek Bay             Mile 93
never dump anything into the lake. It is the    Forgotten Canyon            Mile 106
boaters’ responsibility to monitor and coach
all fellow passengers on this important

People & Pet Waste Disposal
With so many visitors to Lake Powell, when
it comes to sewage we must all be careful
to observe not only good conservation
practices, but the laws as well.
Human and pet waste can only be disposed
of at designated marina pumpouts and
remote dump stations. NEVER use the
beaches and shoreline as a toilet and never

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                                                  Help Keep it Clean
Campfires                                       VOLUNTEER CLEAN-UP
Campfires are permitted below the high-         PROGRAM
water line (3,708 feet elevation) only.
Please do not leave fire-rings of blackened
                                                You can serve aboard the Trash Tracker!
stones, ashes, charred wood or debris. It is
recommended that you use a fire-pan to
                                                We invite you to join the many volunteers
contain the debris for easy removal. After
                                                       of the Lake Powell Trash Tracker
your campfire has cooled completely
                                                program for 5 days on a houseboat with
(douse liberally with water to be sure),
                                                the objective to      clean up the shores of
remove all blackened debris and carefully
                                                Lake Powell. It’s all part of the National
rake over for smooth site. Also, be sure to
                                                Park Service Volunteers In Parks program,
pick up any trash around your camp area
                                                made possible through a joint effort with
before leaving. Veteran boaters know to
                                                ARAMARK. For more information on how
leave the beach in better condition than
                                                you can volunteer, call 520-608-6204.
they found it.

Recycling Facilities Available
All visitors and boaters are encouraged to
collect and separate their aluminum cans
for recycling. Collection points are located
at the top of each launch ramp and near the
Boat Rental loading docks.
Each year Lake Powell recycles over
53,000 pounds of aluminum cans from
visitors just like you. Any proceeds from the
program return to the program for future
recycling efforts.
Recycling is an excellent method of
reducing waste products.

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                                                                      Stay Safe

IMPORTANT                                           It is important that you know the
                                              water depth and check for rocks or
A child 12 years old and younger must         underwater hazards.
wear a lifejacket at all times.
                                              For more information on Safety, refer to the
Know where your lifejackets are stored. Be    Safety section in this manual.
sure that you and every member of your
crew always have a Personal Flotation         Refueling Safely
Device immediately accessible. Children               Turn off propane bottles 10 minutes
should only be allowed to remove their life   before entering the harbor.
vest when in the closed confines of the               Turn off all electrical breakers.
houseboat cabin.                                      Shut down the generator, if
For more information, please refer to the     applicable.
Safety Section of this manual.                        NEVER SMOKE while at the fuel
                                              dock, either in or out of your boat.
Swim Safe                                             Close all doors and windows before
         Before swimming near your house-     refueling.
boat – Turn off engines and generator.                Passengers must stay on board the
Allow air to clear.                           houseboat while at the fuel dock.
         Carbon Monoxide stays low, near              It is important to avoid spills of any
the water and can be deadly.                  kind. Do not prop the lever to the fuel
         Propellers may turn even when out    nozzle open and never siphon fuel from the
of gear and can cause serious injury.         houseboat’s fuel tanks.
         Do not jump or dive from the upper   Know the location of your Fire
deck or from any railings.                    Extinguishers and don’t be afraid to use
         Rocks and branches can be hidden     them.
beneath the water’s surface.                          Storage of personal fuel containers
         You should not swim from an          is limited to 4 Coast Guard approved
unanchored vessel.                            containers of 6 gallons each and must be
         Never swim in the main channel,      stored on the rear deck only.
harbor or any areas with excessive boat       NOTE: We do not recommend that you
traffic.                                      store, transport or dispense fuel from
         Do not swim under the houseboat.     containers. Be aware of all ignition sources.
         Do not use a boarding ramp for a     The Waiver of Liability may not cover
diving board. The unsupported end can         damage resulting from the improper
bend or break, causing damage or injury.      storage, transportation or dispensing of
         Always use a slide feet first.       fuel.
                                                                          Stay Safe
For Your Health                                  You are in a Wild Area
       Drink only from the Fresh Water                  Help keep wild animals wild. Please
faucets on board your houseboat.                 do not feed wild or domestic animals you
       Do not drink lakewater. Giardia           may encounter along the lake.
Lamblia is a tiny protozoan often found in       To avoid tempting the locals:
streams and lakes including Lake Powell. It             Do not leave food in open
can cause diarrhea, cramps and/ or               containers.
bloating. These symptoms generally require              Keep all dishes and utensils clean
medical treatment.                               and secure in drawers or cupboards.
                                                        Do not leave doors to the houseboat
Carbon Monoxide Warning!                         open. Pull in gangplank at night.
       Carbon monoxide (“CO”) is a                      By allowing your anchor lines to
colorless, odorless gas produced by the          droop into the water slightly, mice should
combustion of fossil fuels. This occurs in all   not be able to climb aboard.
gasoline engines and propane-powered                    Avoid handling rodent remains,
equipment. CO is poisonous.                      nests, food piles or droppings without first
       Signs of exposure include nausea,         putting on rubber gloves and spraying the
dizziness, headache and drowsiness. CO           waste with Lysol Disinfectant. A packet is
poisoning can result in brain damage or          located under the kitchen sink or helm with
death.                                           the items needed to properly handle mouse
       Provide      adequate       ventilation   evidence.
whenever using propane appliances,
generators      and    outboard      motors.
Houseboats with generators are equipped
with CO detectors. A continuous tone
indicates CO has been detected. A short
intermittent beep once per minute indicates
a system error. Turn off the alarm, by
pressing the Reset/Silence button for more
than 15 seconds, then contact boat rentals
to replace the alarm.
       Never tie two or more houseboats
together. This may cause carbon monoxide
to enter boats and, due to restricted air
flow, has nowhere to ventilate.
       We recommend that you not utilize
the rear deck of the houseboat while the
engines and/or generator are operating as
CO fumes may be present.

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                                                                       Stay Safe

Designate a Responsible Captain                        Wind can cause rough water and
       The captain of a houseboat must be       large waves and swells on the lake. It is a
at least 18 years of age.                       good idea to seek shelter in a protected
                                                canyon or cove, and wait for calmer waters.
IMPORTANT: It is against the law to
operate a boat under the influence of           IMPORTANT: Post an observer on the
alcohol.                                        back deck when backing up a
       Heat, sun and water glare can            houseboat.
intensify human reactions to alcohol.

Avoid Driving on Lake Powell at Night           Load your boat safely.
      Operating your rental boat after                  Never load or overload your boat in a
sunset is dangerous and is PROHIBITED,          manner as to decrease its seaworthiness.
except in case of a medical emergency.                  Never allow more than the maximum
                                                capacity of persons aboard while under
Practice Courteous Boating                      way.
       Never operate any vessel in an           Water Sports Safety
unsafe, reckless or negligent manner.                   Do not tow passengers (skiers,
       Wakeless speed is considered less        wakeboarders, kneeboarders, etc.) in the
than 1000 RPM’s and does not produce a          main channel, in narrow canyons, or in
noticeable wake behind your craft.              congested areas.
       All   harbors     are   posted     for           You must have 3 people to tow
idle/wakeless speed. You are responsible        someone – driver, skier, and an observer
for any damage or injuries caused by your       that’s at least 8 years old.
wake, whether in a marina or on the open                Children 12 and under must wear a
lake. Slow down when in a harbor or within      lifejacket at all times.
150 feet of another boat, person or shore.              Towed passengers (skiers) must
                                                wear a Coast Guard approved life
Dealing with Wakes and Waves                    preserver.
       Approach a large wake or wave                    Don’t ski in narrow canyons or
slowly, in gear for maneuverability, and at a   around blind curves.
45º angle. This will minimize its impact on             It is illegal to ski within 150 feet of
your vessel.                                    another boat, person or shore.

It is a good idea to close and lock the front   Please be courteous to other boaters
cabin doors when encountering large             camped along beaches and in side
wakes.                                          canyons. Tow skiers a reasonable distance
                                                beyond the 150 foot rule.

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                                               Time and Temp


                                     High      Low       Water
January                              45        24        47
February                             53        31        46
March                                61        36        52
April                                72        46        54
May                                  82        53        64
June                                 90        62        70
July                                 97        71        76
August                               94        69        80
September                            88        60        76
October                              77        46        69
November                             59        36        62
December                             45        25        53

Temperatures in Degrees Fahrenheit


January                              7:38 AM   5:29 PM
February                             7:10 AM   6:01 PM
March                                6:35 AM   6:32 PM
April                                5:40 AM   6:59 PM
May                                  5:13 AM   7:26 PM
June                                 5:00 AM   7:47 PM
July                                 5:13 AM   7:46 PM
August                               5:30 AM   7:14 PM
September                            6:07 AM   6:30 PM
October                              6:34 AM   5:45 PM
November                             7:04 AM   5:13 PM
December                             7:31 AM   5:04 PM

Times are Mountain Standard Time.
Add one hour for Daylight Savings.

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                                             Navigating the Lake

            Lake Powell
      Original Channel – 186 miles
 Shoreline at 3700’ elevation – 1960 miles

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                                          Information Signs or Buoys – may
       Green – indicates the              indicate wakeless areas, directions,
       far left side of the               canyon names, or No Boating areas.
       channel as you travel
       from Wahweap to Hite.
       Numbers indicate miles
       from the dam. Only
       located in the main

       Red – indicates the far
       right  side   of   the
       channel as you travel
       from Wahweap to Hite.
       Numbers indicate miles
       from the dam. Only
       located in the main

       Orange Stripe or Circle
       –   Information  buoys
       which advise boaters of      GENERAL RULES OF THE WATER
       a wakeless area.
                                          Overtaking / Passing: Boat being
                                          passed has the right of way.
                                          Meeting Head On: Keep to the right.
                                          Crossing: Boat on the right has the
                                          right of way. Slow down and permit it
       Orange Diamond –                   to pass.
       indicates an underwater
       danger (sand bar, rocks,     Remember: You must stay at least 150 feet
       etc.)    Never     pass      from other boats, including Personal
       between the shoreline        Watercraft, unless you are operating at a
       and a danger buoy!           wakeless speed.

                                    For more on Navigation, see Houseboating
                                    Safety later in this section.

NOTE: Not all hazards are marked.

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                                                      Tips for your Trip
Loading your Boat                               More Tips
      Don’t carry along any unnecessary               On houseboats without generators
      weight. Excess weight increases fuel            use lanterns or flashlights to
      consumption and affects handling.               conserve houseboat batteries.
      Distribute the load evenly. Your                Keep drinks and snacks in the cooler
      vessel should be balanced from side             so that the refrigerator doesn’t need
      to side, as well as from front to back.         to be opened as frequently. This
      Take special care not to overload the           especially important on boats
      front deck.                                     equipped       with  12v    or     gas
Know the Weather                                      Review the section on Knots and
     Operating in rough water or against              practice tying the 3 knots illustrated
     strong headwinds may consume a                   in this manual.
     lot of fuel. If you see a squall coming,
     it’s best to seek a sheltered cove.
     Listen to the Weather forecast
     available on the Marine Radio daily.

Engine Use
     Operate both engines of your
     houseboat as evenly as possible
     by observing the tachometers (rather
     than the throttle position). This will
     also help you drive in a straight line
     more easily.
     Once under way, it’s most efficient to
     cruise at a moderate speed of
     around 3500-4000 RPM’s.

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                                               Suggested Items
In case you forgot, pick up these items:
      Sunscreen! The summer sun on the         You can never have enough fresh
      water is strong. Make sure you have      water, soda or juices. Be sure to
      plenty of waterproof sunscreen.          stock up!
      Lots of body lotion/moisturizer.         You’ll want to bring plenty of snack
      Small First Aid kit (include some        foods and fresh fruits and veggies.
      allergy/ aspirin tablets).               Quick, simple snacks are Lake
      Personal Care items (small, trial-size   Powell favorites. Don’t forget to bring
      items good for this kind of trip and     extra batteries!
      Ivory soap floats!)                      Cards or games can make for a fun
      Citronella candles. Light around front   afternoon       or     evening     with
      deck to keep away the flying critters.   houseboating friends and family.
      Insect repellent.                        Don’t forget to grab that book you’ve
      Inexpensive dishpan for rinsing your     been wanting to read. The beach is a
      feet to keep sand off your boat.         great place for getting away.
      An old rug or towel to wipe wet feet.    Fishing     tackle.    Licenses     are
      Lots of beach towels...                  available at most Lake Powell
      Pool Noodles – 5’ long colored foam      marina stores. Look for “Fishing
      tubes... great for lounging in the       Tips” by Wayne Gustaveson -
      water.                                   available in many locations around
      Everyone should have a hat or a          Lake Powell - for updates on the
      visor and sunglasses...even the little   best bets for fishing.
      guys.                                    Beach shoes, sandals or footwear
                                               for hiking and exploring.

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   To be of practical use afloat, a proper                   BOWLINE:
   nautical    knot    must     meet     three   To form a loop in the end of a rope.
      It must have a practical purpose.
      It must be relatively easy to use.
      Most importantly, you should be able
      to untie it without resorting to the use
      of a hatchet.

    There are three basic knots that you
should know to help you in almost any
situation on Lake Powell.

               CLOVE HITCH:
       Used in pairs for a secure tie-up.

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                         FIGURE EIGHT:
       To stop end of rope from passing through a cleat, etc.

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       ANCHORAGE: a suitable place in            STARBOARD: right, either the right
       which a boat may anchor                   side of the boat, or the direction right

       BOW: forward part of the boat             STERN: back part of the boat

       CHANNEL 16: a hailing and                 TACHOMETER: an instrument that
       emergency channel on the VHF              indicates an engine’s revolutions per
       marine radio                              minute. Aboard a boat, the
                                                 tachometer is often monitored as
       CLEAT: fitting on a boat or dock on       often as a speedometer.
       which to secure a line
                                                 UNDER WAY: a boat not anchored
       DECK: the ‘floor’ of a boat               or beached or at a dock, engines are
       GALLEY: kitchen                           WAKELESS: a slow speed that
                                                 creates no wake (wave) behind the
       HEAD: the toilet or the bathroom on       boat.
       a boat.

       PFD: Personal Flotation Device

       PORT: left, either the left side of the
       boat, facing forward, or the direction

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                                                   Parking your Boat
AT A DOCK                                        AT A BEACH
Approach the dock slowly                         Select a beach
     A houseboat is a large, heavy vessel              A wide beach is best in order to
     that has a lot of momentum. Begin                 place anchors at the appropriate
     slowing early and use “reverse” as                angles.
     needed to slow the vessel.
                                                       Avoid very flat beaches, as you are
Change your direction with small turns                 more likely to become stuck. A
of the Steering Wheel                                  moderately sloped beach is best.
       The steering acts slowly due to the
       size and weight of the boat. Also,        Approach the beach in the same manner
       with the engines located on the stern     as you would approach a dock and
       (back)    of   the    vessel,   you’ll    prepare the boat and crew prior to
       experience a wider tail swing than        beaching.
       the bow. Imagine a pivot point in the           If your boat comes equipped with a
       center of the boat.                             generator, shut down the generator
                                                       prior to beaching. Allow 15 minutes
Shift into Neutral - Pause                             for the lake bottom to settle before
       Never shift into gear (forward or               restarting the generator.
       reverse) without first pausing at idle          This will prevent mud and sand from
       speed. Allow the RPM’s to drop in               entering the cooling system.
       order to avoid gear damage.
                                                 Post a watch on the front deck to keep
Shift into Reverse                               the driver informed about the depth,
       Shifting into reverse will cause you to   rocks, etc.
       slow. The engines act a braking                 This person should never be outside
       system.                                         the railing of the boat and should
                                                       hold onto something for balance as
Important: Maintain a slow speed in reverse            the boat is beached.
and don’t rev the engines. This can cause
damage to the motor and may kick the             Keep remaining passengers in the cabin
engine up out of the water.                      to avoid being ‘bow-heavy’ when
When backing up, turn the wheel in the
opposite direction that you want the bow to      Be sure you will have at least 4 feet of
go.                                              water under the stern for engine

                                                 Once the bow has touched the beach
                                                 and the boat has stopped, add
                                                 additional forward power to the engines
                                                 to secure the houseboat up on the

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                                                  Parking your Boat

AT A BEACH CONTINUED...                       2. Place anchors in the sand holes.
                                                     Points should be pushed downward
Leave engines in gear at an idle speed to            into the bottom of the hole and point
hold the boat perpendicular to the beach             toward houseboat.
until anchors are set. The captain should     3. Bury the anchors in the sand.
remain at the wheel while the engines                Suggestion: A small rock placed
are running.                                         near the handle of the anchor, where
                                                     it comes out of the ground can help
                                                     prevent a stubbed toe.
                                              4. Tighten the anchor lines.
                                                     Pull in the extra line at the back
On boats with two anchors, anchors                   cleat. Once the tension has been
must be positioned at 45º angles to the              taken out of the line, tie off to the
houseboat.                                           cleat with a Figure Eight Knot (see
     Have a member of your crew dig                  Knots in this section).
     approximately 2 feet into the sand
     and large enough to accommodate                ANCHORING TIP: By working an
     the anchor size.                               anchor into the wet sand at the
                                                    waters edge, the boat will be secure
                                                    in case of wind and will be easier to
                                                    extract when pulling up to move on.

                                                     NOTE: When the water is on the rise
                                              in the spring, it may be necessary to
On boats with four anchors, place two         readjust your houseboat everyday and
anchors on each side of the boat as           retighten anchor lines. Midsummer through
shown below. This will prevent                winter, the lake level will drop and you may
movement of the bow and provide extra         find yourself high and dry. To avoid this
holding power.                                problem, try to avoid a shallow beach or to
                                              put the houseboat too far up on any beach.

                                              Hint: Try placing a small rock at the
                                              waterline to serve as a gauge on how much
                                              the water level changes from day to day.

1. Attach one end of the lines to the
anchor using a bowline knot. (see knots
earlier in this section)
       The other ends should only be
       attached to the back T-cleats, using
       a figure eight knot
       These cleats are the strongest
       anchor points on the houseboat.

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                                                  Parking your Boat

GETTING OFF THE BEACH                           Put the engines in reverse.
                                                      Keep the RPM’s low when in
Start the engines.                                    reverse. Revving the engines while
       The captain can use the motors to              in reverse can cause damage.
       hold the boat perpendicular to the
       beach until the anchors and lines        Turn the wheel from side to side.
       have been pulled in.                           If the boat does not back freely from
                                                      the beach, turn the wheel from side
Untie the Figure Eight Knot from the rear             to side. This will cause the stern to
cleats of the houseboat.                              swing back and forth. Let the swing
       Be certain that the anchor lines don’t         go for 10-15 feet on either side. This
       get into the turning propellers.               way, you will wiggle the heavy hull
                                                      off the beach. You may also ask the
Dig the anchors out of the sand and                   crew to stand on the back deck,
stow them properly.                                   which will lighten the bow where the
      Pull all the lines back onto the boat           boat is stuck.
      and stow them, so they cannot fall
      into the water while under way.

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                                                            Towing Tips

TOWING OTHER VESSELS                             Use gentle acceleration to get under
        A small boat taken along with your       way and long slowing when stopping
houseboat trip can really enhance your time      are required. This way you will have
on Lake Powell. More canyons are                 ample time to tend to the towed
accessible to small boats than houseboats.       craft(s).
Plus, you are able to travel farther in less
time and therefore use less fuel. If you do      NEVER back up your houseboat
use a tag-along, here are a few things to        when towing a small boat.
help make towing your boats or PWCs
easier.                                          Periodically check the craft in tow.

       Do not tie small boats to the side of     Keep clear of towlines. A towline that
       your houseboat when under way.            breaks under tension can recoil
       This can cause extensive damage to        violently and cause injury.
       both boats.
                                                 NEVER tow a small boat within a
       Use at least 40 foot towline, tying the   harbor area. Have a crew member
       line to the stern cleat of the            drive the smaller boat in to a dock.
       houseboat and the bow eye of the
       small craft.

       NEVER use a houseboat railing or
       the bow cleat on the small boat for
       towing - they are not strong enough.
       Have a member of your crew attend
       the towline when starting or stopping
       the houseboat.

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       Ports of Call


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       Ports of Call

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       Ports of Call

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       Emergencies & Accident Reporting

       Your houseboat has been equipped        Quick Reference to Important
with a VHF Marine Band Radio. Use this         Phone Numbers
radio to contact any marina or the National
Park Service on Channel 16. Refer to the       Central Reservations        800-528-6154
Marine Radio section of this manual for        (Phoenix, Arizona)
more information.
       You are required to report any          Wahweap Lodge               928-645-2433
damage,     personal   injury     or  death    and Marina
immediately to the Boat Rental Office from
which you rented your houseboat.               Wahweap Boat Rentals        928-645-1111
       You may also be required by law to
report the incident to the National Park       Dangling Rope Marina*       928-645-2969
Service. Some reporting criteria are:
                                               Bullfrog Resort and Marina* 435-684-3000
       Loss of life
       Injury requiring more than first aid    Halls Crossing Resort       435-684-7000
       Damage to a boat exceeding              and Marina*
       Complete loss of the houseboat or       Hite Marina*                435-684-2278
       Disappearance of a person under         Wilderness River            928-645-5028
       circumstances that indicate injury or   Adventures*
                                               Emergency Dispatch          800-582-4351
You are obligated by law to render
assistance to any individual in danger,        National Park Service       928-608-6200
provided it can be done safely.                Headquarters (Page,

                                               Wahweap Ranger              928-608-6301
                                               Station Dispatch          (non-emergency
                                               Uplake District Ranger      435-684-7400
                                               Station (Bullfrog)

                                               Halls Crossing Ranger       435-684-7410

                                               Hite Ranger Station         435-684-2457

                                               *available daytime only

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                                                               10 Basic Rules

                                                     6) Do not bring water balloon launchers into
REMEMBER THESE BASIC RULES                           the Lake Powell / Glen Canyon National
                                                     Recreation Area.
       1) Do not allow more passengers on
       your houseboat than is the maximum            Water balloon launchers are considered a
       capacity.                                     weapon and therefore prohibited. They can
                                                     cause property damage and injury.
       The Coast Guard Maximum capacity
       is 12 people on all the rental                7) Do not allow any members of your crew,
       houseboats.                                   who are 12 years or younger, outside of the
                                                     cabin of your houseboat without a life vest.
       2) Do not operate your houseboat              Children can be fitted for smaller life vests
       over a wakeless speed while inside            at the boat rental docks.
       of a harbor or within 150 feet of
       another vessel, people or shore.              8) Do not throw waste of ANY kind into
                                                     Lake Powell or bury it on shore.
       Wakes can cause damage to boats
       that are moored inside of harbor              The disposal of trash, garbage, plastics, oil
       areas. You will be responsible for            and other items is illegal and prohibited on
       damage done by the wake your boat             land or water within the Recreation Area.
       creates.                                      Facilities are available for the proper
                                                     disposal of wastes at any marina.
       3) Do not operate your boat under
       the influence of drugs or alcohol.            9) Do not use obscene, indecent or profane
       Boats or Automobiles… most                    language on the marine radio.
       accidents involve the consumption of
       alcohol. Please designate a non-              Conversations are monitored and are
       drinking captain and co-captain.              subject to FCC regulations. The VHF
                                                     marine radio’s primary function is to help
       4) It is illegal to fish without a license.   insure safety of life and property. It is very
       Arizona and Utah Licenses can be              valuable in terms of convenience and
       obtained at any marina and can be             usefulness. Use it, but use it correctly.
       purchased for one day, up to a year.
                                                     10) Do not operate your houseboat in an
       5) Do not discharge firearms or               unsafe, reckless or negligent manner
       fireworks while at Lake Powell.
                                                     At no time should you, your boat or its wake
       You have entered a National                   endanger any other boat, their occupants or
       Recreation Area. Weapons brought              any other people. Remember YOU are
       into the Recreation Area must be              responsible for the safe operation of your
       broken down, unloaded and stored.             boat.
       Fireworks are illegal.

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                                                  Houseboat Safety

       This section of your houseboat                   under way, unless inside the cabin
manual is designed to help you enjoy your               of a houseboat.
visit to Lake Powell by alerting you to           Navigational Rules
proper procedures and to minimize the
opportunity for property damage or                        PLEASE       REFER   TO     THE
personal injury.                                  NAVIGATION RULES book found in the
       The rules and regulations contained        back of this manual for further details.
in this safety section are, in some cases,        Failure to follow navigation rules could
enforceable laws of the U.S. Coast Guard,         result in collision.
National Park Service or State law. Not
every enforceable law is included herein.               Overtaking or passing: Boat being
                                                        passed has the right of way. KEEP
ARAMARK Policies                                        CLEAR.
                                                        Meeting head on: Keep to the right.
        It is ARAMARK’s policy that the boat            Crossing: Boat on the right has the
        Charterer/Lessee be 18 years of age             right-of-way. Slow down and permit
        or older and that the operator of               the other vessel to pass.
        each vessel be of 18 years of age or            Narrow channels: Boats under way
        older.                                          must stay right of the middle of the
        It is ARAMARK’s policy that                     channel.
        operation     of    any     size     or         Sailboats & Manually Powered
        configuration of rental boat after dark         Boats: Motorboats under way should
        is PROHIBITED except in case of                 yield the right-of-way and stay clear
        medical emergencies.                            of sailboats and manually-powered
Lifejackets Required
                                                  Wakeless Speed Areas
        Upon boarding your houseboat,                  Wakeless speed is required within
        ensure that every person on board              150 feet of another boat, dock,
        knows the location of the lifejackets.         launching    area, person, swimmer,
        Lifejackets must always be readily             water skier, angler, the shoreline,
        accessible to everyone. Ensure that            or canyon wall.
        you have adequate numbers of Adult             All marina and harbor areas are
        and Child sizes of lifejackets on              designated WAKELESS              by
        board for the people in your party.            regulatory buoys.
        Children 12 years of age and under
        must wear a lifejacket anytime they       You may be personally responsible for
        are on board a boat that is under         any property damage or personal injury
        way, unless they are inside the cabin     resulting from the wake of your boat in a
        of a houseboat.                           WAKELESS area or situation.
        Non-swimmers are also required to
               wear a lifejacket at all times
        while on      board a boat that is

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                                                   Houseboat Safety

Wakes and Waves                                    Alcohol & Drugs

        LARGE BOAT WAKES: You may                       It is against the law to operate a boat
        encounter large boat wakes while                while under the influence of alcohol
        operating your houseboat. You                   or drugs. If alcohol is being
        should cross large wakes at a SLOW              consumed, make sure a responsible
        speed and at a 45º angle. Secure                driver or pilot remains alcohol free.
        loose items that may fall, roll or shift        Heat, sun and water glare intensify
        while crossing large wakes.                     human reactions to alcohol. Most
        Always keep your front gate closed              serious boating accidents are alcohol
        and latched when under way. Shut                or drug related. Alcohol and drugs
        and lock the sliding glass door                 impair judgment, reactions and
        before crossing large wakes or                  alertness.
        waves. Secure loose gear on the                 The consumption of alcohol or drugs
        decks that may wash overboard.                  by the operator of your houseboat is
        Clear loose items off countertops               PROHIBITED.
        and close all cabinet doors.
        Do not park, anchor or beach your          Bow Riding
        boat adjacent to the main channel.
        Seek out sheltered areas away from              Riding on the houseboat outside of
        traffic.                                        any gates or rails is illegal and
        Do not water ski in the main channel            hazardous.
        or in narrow canyons.                           Keep all gates closed when the
        Watch for wakes and waves                       houseboat is in motion. Keep all
        resounding off vertical canyon walls.           arms and legs within railings.
        You could encounter a large wake
        even when no other boat is in sight.       Falling off of a moving houseboat may
                                                   result in serious injury or death from
Failure to avoid, handle or navigate               impact, contact with propellers or
through or around large wakes and                  drowning.
waves may result in loss of control,
physical damage, personal injury or
being thrown overboard.

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                                               Houseboat Safety

Refueling/Propane                              Observe Safety Procedures Posted at
                                               each Fuel Dock
Failure to follow refueling procedures               Ensure the proper
may result in fire or explosion.                     fuel is pumped into
                                                     the proper deck fill
        Turn off all propane at the valves,          fitting. If necessary
        located on top of each propane tank,         our fuel dock staff
        10 minutes before entering any               will gladly offer
        harbor. Turn off all propane                 assistance.
        appliances and allow to cool at the          Some houseboats
        same time. There must be NO                  have remote oil
        fumes, pilot lights, open flames or          tanks that must also be filled at the
        hot items on board.                          same time.
        Remove any small boats or personal
        watercraft being towed prior to        Gasoline and propane vapors are a fire and
        approaching the fuel dock.             explosion hazard.
        Close all windows, doors and
        hatches and turn off all electrical          Personal gas cans and/or propane
        circuits prior to refueling.                 tanks are limited to no more than 4
        Once at the fuel dock, turn off              Coast Guard Approved containers of
        engines and generator (if so                 not more than 6 gallons capacity
        equipped).                                   each. These must only be stored on
        Do not smoke at anytime near a fuel          the rear deck of your houseboat and
        dock.                                        away from all ignition sources. Never
        It is ARAMARK’s policy that                  fill containers on the boat. Place
        passengers stay on board the                 containers on dock before filling.
        houseboat while refueling. Please            Siphoning gasoline is prohibited.
        instruct your passengers and crew.           Beware: Most boat fires occur either
        Courtesy docks are located at each           during or after refueling. Stay alert.
        marina for disembarking.                     If your houseboat has a generator
                                                     compartment bilge blower, turn it ON
If you would like assistance docking                 at least 4 minutes prior to restarting
your houseboat at the fuel dock, please              your below-deck generator each
use your Marine Radio. ( Channel 16 )                time.
See Marine Radio in this manual.                     When propane is turned on after
                                                     leaving the fuel dock, ensure all
                                                     appliances are initially OFF.
                                                     Turn on only 1 propane tank at a
                                                     time. Keep the propane tank valve
                                                     closed on spare or empty tanks.

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                                                  Houseboat Safety

Carbon Monoxide Caution                              Diving or jumping from cliffs or the
                                                     houseboat is extremely dangerous
Carbon Monoxide (“CO”) is a colorless,               and can result in serious injury or
odorless gas produced by the combustion              death from impact with the lake
of fossil fuels. This occurs in all gasoline         bottom, the boat or underwater
engines and propane-powered equipment.               objects.
CO is poisonous. Signs of exposure include           There are no lifeguards at Lake
nausea, dizziness, headache, and drowsi-             Powell’s beaches. Always swim with
ness. CO poisoning can result in brain               a partner. Wear a lifejacket if you are
damage or death.                                     a non-swimmer or if the weather gets
                                                     windy or rough. Supervise children at
TO   AVOID    CARBON   MONOXIDE                      all times.
POISONING, FOLLOW THESE RULES:                       Do not swim, dive or water ski in the
                                                     main channel. Do not swim from an
        Turn off engines and generator               unanchored boat.
        before swimming or using the                 Do not dive from boarding ramps.
        swimslide.                                   The unsupported end may bend or
        Do not tie another boat along the            break, causing damage or injury.
        side or along a dock with the                Swimming is PROHIBITED when the
        generator running (if so equipped).          houseboat engines or generator are
        To do so may block the generator             running. Do not approach a
        exhaust and cause carbon monoxide            houseboat with running engines
        build-up in the cabin.                       while you are swimming. Contact
        Houseboats with generators have              with propellers or carbon monoxide
        CO detectors on board. These are             poisoning from the exhaust may
        provided for your safety. If your            cause serious injury or death.
        carbon monoxide detector(s) sounds           Prior to using a slide, turn off the
        an alarm, evacuate all people to             outboard engines and generator.
        fresh air; account for all people; turn      Allow the air to clear. Check the
        off all engines, generators and fuel-        water to be certain it is at least 6 feet
        burning appliances; open opposite            deep within 20 feet of the slide,
        windows and doors to ventilate the           always use the slide feet-first and
        cabin.                                       wear a lifejacket.
        IMPORTANT: Do not tamper with                Do not swim under the houseboat or
        carbon monoxide detectors.                   the houseboat swim platform as you
                                                     are not visible to others and CO may
                                                     be present.
Swimming, Diving and Water Sports                    Remember it is illegal to water ski
                                                     within 150 feet of the houseboat.
        Always Swim with a partner.                  Water-skiing requires 3 people: the
        It is PROHIBITED to jump or dive off         skier, the driver and an observer at
        the upper or lower deck or railing of        least 8 years of age or older.
        a houseboat. Stay within railings at
        all times.

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        While water-skiing, the observer         Weather
        must display an orange flag at least
        12 inches square when the skier is            Weather conditions on Lake Powell
        down in the water. This alerts other          can change rapidly. If you are on the
        boaters in the area of people in the          water and observe a storm
        water.                                        approaching, seek shelter in a
        Never back up toward a skier.                 protected cove away from the wind
        Always shut the engine off prior to a         and waves.
        skier entering the water or the boat.         Waves can be very severe when
        Water-skiing after sundown is illegal.        windy conditions exist. Again, seek
        Do not water ski in narrow canyons,           shelter BEFORE you are caught in
        or within 150 feet of another boat or         high winds and waves. Lifejackets
        the shoreline.                                are advised for all passengers in
        Failure to follow these safety rules          adverse conditions.
        while swimming or engaging in water           Most     tributary      canyons     are
        sports can result in injury or death.         susceptible     to    flash   flooding,
                                                      especially        during       summer
Loading Your Houseboat                                thunderstorms. Do not park under an
                                                      overhanging cliff where waterfalls
        The Passenger Vessel Safety Act of            could suddenly appear or in the very
        1993 prohibits more than 12 people            back of canyons where dry washes
        on board your houseboat while                 could suddenly flash flood.
        under way.                                    Be aware of regional weather
        Load your gear evenly so the                  conditions and flash flood danger
        houseboat floats level. After loading,        when hiking. Storms that are miles
        adjust the location of gear and               away can cause flash floods
        passengers so neither the bow or the          elsewhere.
        stern are noticeably higher or lower.         To monitor the weather at Lake
        Do not load personal watercraft onto          Powell, use your Marine Radio.
        any deck of your houseboat. It may
        overload your bow or stern.
        EXCEPTION: Some models of rental
        houseboats have built in ramps for
        your Personal Watercraft designed
        for this purpose.
        Failure to properly load your
        houseboat may result in loss of
        control, loss of efficiency, capsizing
        or physical damage.

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                                                 Houseboat Safety

Firearms                                         Boat Fires

        Discharge of firearms is prohibited.           Charcoal barbecues are prohibited
        Weapons brought into the Glen                  onboard your houseboat. Use only
        Canyon National Recreation Area                propane or similar cooking devices.
        must be broken down, unloaded and              Fire extinguishers are located on
        stored.                                        board your houseboat. Never
        Water      balloon   launchers     are         hesitate to use one, even on the
        prohibited in the Recreation Area. A           smallest fire. You are most
        fine may be imposed by law officers            susceptible to a boat fire immediately
        for their use.                                 after refueling. Exercise caution
        Fireworks and firecrackers are                 while getting under way again and
        prohibited in the Recreation Area.             make sure any spilled fuel is
                                                       immediately cleaned up.

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