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Boater's Guide to Lake Powell: Featuring Hiking, Camping, Geology, History and Archaeology (4th Edition) Paperback – September, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Kelsey Publishing (Utah); 4 edition (September 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0944510191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944510193
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,763,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lots of good overall info.
BillH
The maps are hand drawn, not North up and with no clear landmarks and detailed distance to judge where you possibly could be.
B.
So the info is good but read it twice before you go or else you will have no use for it.
Jackie Hendricksen

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer B. Barton on October 17, 2003
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From what I can tell, Kelsey appears to be the foremost authority on Lake Powell and the surrounding area. I can't see how you could get more information out of another book. That being said, it isn't the kind of book you read cover to cover for sheer enjoyment of reading and learning. Think of it as a user manual for the lake and you will be on the right track. There are a lot of pictures (in black and white) and a lot of very detailed maps and informative graphs. To use this book, I would suggest that you plan your trip and then consult the book to see what it says about that area. If there is ANYTHING of interest to be seen there, it will tell you where and what it is.
It is divided into the following parts:
I - Condensed history of the lake area (19 pages) - very fact filled (survey like).
II - The marinas on Lake Powell and other possible launch sites along with weather and climate for each season, a word about hiking season and equipment, photography and film type, insects and pest, drinking water, and places to camp and their fees.
III - Geology, the types of stone seen in the colorful strata and suggested maps for the area.
Then it launches into sites of interest in the area and gives good maps (quite technical) of each. There are 34 of these and may well cover all of the canyons and hikes on the lake. If you want to get the most out of your trip, I would highly recommend this book. If you were wanting to just read about the history of the area, it will be about as much fun as reading the dictionary.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mike Smith on September 29, 2005
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I once read that, "Indexes are among those necessary but never spectacular products of hard as well as skilled work that can sometimes make the difference between a book and good book."

That said, this is a book.

And it needs an index.

It also needs a clearer table of contents, an acceptance that the metric system will never gain popularity in America, fewer photos of the author in tiny shorts, and a complete redesign by someone who understands the value of a clear font and of blank white space between chapters.

These comments could be said of all of Michael Kelsey's guidebooks--all of which are full of facts, maps, and hikes that are indispensible to exploring the Colorado Plateau, and all of which are incredibly hard to find anything in.

I wish I could rate this higher, because these guides really have been helpful to me over the years--especially this one--but a guidebook should be easy to use, and its information should be easily accessible.

I'll keep my fingers crossed for the fifth edition.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By B. Cleary on August 30, 2004
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The book overall, is ok, and provides some good general information. However, in no fault to the author, the lake levels have dropped about 100ft since the book was written. Where there may have been a beach and a trail 4 years ago, you will now find a 50ft. cliff. Regardless lake powell is still an awesome place, check it out.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Trailbait on July 14, 2009
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After decades of saying that America will soon adopt the metric system Mr. Kelsey finally puts distances and elevations in miles/feet in addition to meters. His hikes also include dates and lake level at the time as this has a big effect on what you will find when you go. I had his Second Edition of this book, which was written when the lake was near full (3700 feet above sea level). The Fifth Edition was researched in more recent times when the lake was around 3600 feet. His maps also show the water line in some of the canyons at these lower lake levels, in addition to the high water mark that you will find on any other map of Lake Powell. It still has all of the great geology and history that you come to expect from a Kelsey guidebook. Although it is called the "Boater's Guide", it is really a hiking guide. Don't expect to find too much advice on boating here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cherie on May 24, 2009
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I just returned from a kayak trip at Lake Powell. I am very well seasoned in map reading and found the maps in this book were outdated. The water has receded since this publishing date and many of the inlets drawn on the maps were not drawn to scale. We left from the Waweap boat launch and anyone kayaking should be advised that the winds are crazy strong in this bay. I have to admit that these maps are better than the main waterproof map that was sold at the welcome station. This chart had bouys that were pulled from the water years ago and the to-scale system was horrible. If you only have a few days on the lake it would be advised to rent a houseboat along with the kayaks if you're looking to get into the out-of-way inlets. I highly advise the Labryinth. It was a long kayak from Wahweap but worth it. Also note bring lots of water to drink and provisions if the wind picks up and chooses to strand you behind Castle Rock for the night. Also the pictures in the book are amazing as well as the provisions the author suggests. Other than the not so accurate map system the book is a good guide.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. on July 24, 2011
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I definitely would have never bought this book if I had any inkling of the content it provided. If you are looking for a book on where to go to, in order to see what the lake provides from your boat, boy, forget this book. It's all about getting out of the boat and hiking. And it isn't even clear how to get to those sites. The writing is deplorable, with misspellings, grammatical errors and rambling. One section I read aloud to my friends on the boat (as an example of how bad it is) started with how to get somewhere, went halfway through the details and then segways off into something entirely different. The directions were useless. GPS coordinates would improve this book tremendously, so then I could give it three stars (maybe). I've never, ever seen type that small in a book and the lines so close together (have your glasses ready!). How, in this day and age, you can't use spellcheck, grammercheck and a proofreader, is a mystery. If I read one more "the author...", What books does "the author" read that have "the author..." written in it five hundred times? The maps are hand drawn, not North up and with no clear landmarks and detailed distance to judge where you possibly could be.

We had two days on the lake with an expensive, rental boat and wanted to see significant areas. We should have thrown the book overboard. But, we didn't want to litter. My sister had come all the way from Illinois and we wanted to show her petroglyphs. Forget that, he tells you that a whole cove has "some petroglyphs". You end up squinting at the cliffs the entire way.
Why, WHY was it called "the Boaters Guide"? Honestly, I have never been so disappointed in a book and I've read hundreds. I can't even understand why a hiker would want it with all the "the author found...
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