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“A nice relaxing guided tour of the canyon”

Antelope Point Marina Village
Ranked #23 of 58 things to do in Page
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Reviewed 29 January 2013

We visited one day early to get information and times for a guided boat tour as it was at the end of the season. While there we also inquired at the further dock about the luxury boat rentals. We were able to tour the 70 foot house boat and a smaller one. (Note: I can agree with the earlier reviewer -6Continents- at least and only about the roughly quoted expense of these luxury boats and the additional supplements; supplies, speedboats, jetskis, fuel, anchoring, speed of boat and training to drive the boat were all mentioned. There was not much mentioned about the difficulty of anchoring other than it needed to be near a sandy spot).

Ok, so we returned the next day for our one hour guided boat tour. We were the only two on the boat and we received a personalized tour of one of the canyons. Crystal blue waters and some great close up views of the walls of the rocks in the canyon. Our boat Captain, Rusty, was a great host and explained the scenery and answered all of our many questions about the water, the rocks, the luxury boat rental, temperatures, activities on the lake and more. The ride was very relaxing and we tried to take in all that the scenery offered. They even offered free bottled water on the boat.

Captain Rusty and the office staff were very professional and made us feel comfortable with everything. There was even a shuttle service (golf cart) that ran up and down the dock ramp as it was just under a 10 minute walk from the boat to the parking lot, but we walked and enjoyed just starring down at the water. You have the option to take longer guided boat tours, but the one hour ride was perfect for us as we had a tight schedule and the longer rides I believe consist of making an additional stop and going for an optional swim. In additonal, always bring with you an additional jacket/wind breaker for a comfortable ride on the boat. I highly recommend this tour.

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Reviewed 22 January 2013

We rented a 70 foot houseboat for our family of five. The houseboat is great. The lake is great. The management is lacking.

Our experience was similar to other posters. We drove from the Grand Canyon, easy. We paid for early access. We went off to the Safeway to buy groceries. When we came back, for no explicable reason, and with no apologies, we had to wait almost three hours in the sun. With groceries. No one ever even told us it would be three hours, so we just kept waiting. Eventually the kids and I went down to the dock, bought suits and swam ... while DH still waited. There has to be a better way to do this, if only to provide a pleasant facility for folks to wait or notify them by text or cell.

We finally boarded the boat. NOTE - we had no prior experience with houseboats. It is huge and nicely appointed, all things considered (it's not a yacht ... think Fairfield Inn maybe?). The top deck has a hot tub, cool bar, lots of seating, and a slide into the Lake (kids adored this). We also rented a jetski, a raft and a speedboat. The first two are fun, the last is necessary.

The reason you need a speedboat is because once you find a spot for your houseboat, you will not want to move it. But you will want to go out and explore the lake a little, hence the speedboat. Before the trip, I didn't realize how hard it was to anchor these things. I thought we would stop in a cove one night, then try a different stop another night. Not uh. Not to mention the houseboat only goes 10mph (5mph if you lose an engine like we did).

After overnighting at the dock, we were to be 'trained" the next morning. Our trainer was there for an hour. It was me, my husband, and our three young children. I think it is rare for these large boats to be used by just one family ... or at least just one adult male. I say this because they are very difficult to anchor/moor etc with just one adult doing the work.

Silly me, nothing on the website indicated to me there was anything particularly daunting or physically demanding about taking out one of these 70' leviathans. Heck Id have thought a group of girlfriends could do it.

Not likely.

Our trainer, Andy, offered to help us find a spot and to anchor the boat. Thank goodness. This boat is a little intimidating. And if you are towing jetskis and speedboats, you cannot back up the houseboat (or the line gets caught in the engine and you lose one ... like we did). They are very hard to moor. You need to find a sandy spot and dig holes in the sand! It took my husband (very fit and strong) and the trainer over an hour in the hot sun to do this. We could never have done it on our own. We'd still be milling about the lake!

When no one ever came to fix our second engine (despite calls to the marina), we packed our luggage on the speed boat and went back in that ... we just told them where we left it so they could go retrieve it!

Pros: The boat is huge and has everything you could want. The hot tub and slide are so much fun. Add with the rentals of the other eqp and you will have a blast.

We are world travelers, and this is some of the most breathtaking scenery we have ever seen. Lake Powell is the result of damning up a river in an area that used to rival the Grand Canyon. The result is a lake surrounded by beautiful rock formations, and no, zero, sign of development or humans (especially if you find a private cove to dock in ). At sunrise and sunset, the colors of the rocks against the blue water is wondrous, magical.The formations themselves are large and varied, some vistas look like ruins of lost cities. We all loved the Lake. (PS I have heard that similar houseboat lakes --- eg Lake Havasu --- are party lakes, and not best for kids. This was great for families.)

Cons: For something that is so costly ( esp. once you add up ALL the costs, and fuel, and eqp rentals, etc), they really should treat you better. Honor the times people are given. Give people a pleasant and comfortable way to wait, and food storage. Also, perhaps they should offer the service we lucked into, a driver to take you to the cove you might like, and then to anchor you. Or at least forewarn people about the challenges of this trip.

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Reviewed 2 January 2013

This location is growing so much, they're making improvements continually. We were there in winter, the low season. The guy to do the boat lake tour was a no-show but the Nat'l Park Service guy was attentive and informative and gave us a ride on the cart and told us about the marina business.

Thank Plannersis
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Reviewed 31 December 2012

We took a boat trip on Lake Powell from here. The tour was interesting and we got right into one of the slot canyons. You get given headphones so you can hear the commentary well. The village itself is nice and you can rent a houseboat too. The store has a good selection of American Indians crafts, altough I feel they might be a little overpriced.

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Reviewed 30 November 2012

Service in getting to the boat and the store and food was good. Was disappointed in the houseboat turnaround though, not up to par from previous year.

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