I am organizing a Tuesday-Saturday trip to Lake Powell at the end of June for my boy scouts. I've been to Lake Powell before, but always stayed on a houseboat. We will be tent camping, for, well, boy scout reasons. Coming from San Diego, CA. I'll have 3 ski boats that I'll use to hall gear and people (and bathroom). I've never done Lake Powell tent camping. My concerns are the following:
1. Location--Can anyone recommend a good location for me to take these boys? I'd like solitude (mainly for everyone else's sake), and close enough to be able to refuel from day to day and do some hiking, check out some slot canyons. We'll be water skiing and wake boarding, tubing mostly every day. Would like a good cove where we can set up some waterpolo games. It would be nice to have a place with some afternoon shade.
2. The main channel--I remember the main channel being very choppy, and having to go really slow to get through it. Will I be ok in 3 20-22 ft Nautiques traversing through the Lake?
3. Fuel--I always refueled from the houseboat in the past, and took the houseboat in every few days to dump, fuel up, and get more ice. Any tips on how to make sure I'll have plenty of gas for skiing and exploring each day?
4. Marina and timing--I'm hoping to leave at 4:00 am from San Diego, make the drive, and get to our cove the same day. Is this feasible? Should I take off from Wahweap or Antelope Point marina? Will it be too difficult to find a spot heading out between 2-3 on Tuesday afternoon?
I appreciate whatever advice you can give me to help me plan this trip. I want to give my boys the best time possible, and let's face it, Lake Powell can be heaven on earth. Unfortunately I can't steal them away for an entire week like I'd like, and I can't do the houseboat. So I'm forced to do this a little differently than my ideal. Thanks for the help experts!!