What to Expect

Learn How to Prepare for Your Guided
Trip at Lake Powell

Every trip and excursion with us is tailored to give
you a completely unique experience.

If you’ve booked a trip with us, you’re probably excited to get out on the water. But you might also be wondering what to expect on your trip with Lake Powell Guide Services. We’ve compiled several important items to help make your trip stress-free and hassle-free. If you still have questions, feel free to reach out to us. We’ll make sure to put your mind at ease so you can fully enjoy your trip.

Before Your Trip

If you plan on fishing, be sure to get a valid fishing license. You can fish with either a Utah or an Arizona license since Lake Powell is officially part of both states. Get your Utah fishing license here or your Arizona fishing license here.

What to Bring with You

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Sunscreen and lip balm

Sunscreen is a given for a sunny trip, but you’ll want it even if the day is overcast. Even though dark clouds block out a greater portion of the sun’s UV rays, they don’t block all of them.

Additionally, being out on the lake for several hours can make your lips feel dry and chapped. Plan to bring lip balm ahead of time.


Swimsuit and towel for swimming

How you do your trip with us is up to you. If you want to go swimming while you fish or take pictures, you certainly can. Plan accordingly and bring a swimsuit and towel.

Even if you aren’t planning to swim, you might want to bring a towel anyway. While we provide bibs, you can still get wet just by being on the boat.

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Many people choose to bring their phones with them on their trip. However, be aware that there is very little cell phone coverage on the lake. Our Captain has a marine radio to send out any messages as needed.

Please also note that as this is a day on the lake, water is involved. Protect your phone by putting it in a plastic bag, waterproof pouch, or other covering to keep it dry.



Cameras are a bonus if you plan on fishing but a necessity for one of our photography workshops. As with a phone, cameras can be damaged if they come into contact with water. While some cameras are better at withstanding the elements, it’s still a good idea to protect them, especially if it’s rainy.

You can find inexpensive, one-time-use rain sleeves for your camera from several online sellers. Alternatively, you can also use a large plastic bag or umbrella to keep water off your camera.


Lunch and Water

All our trips start at sunrise, your Captain will let you know the exact time. Whether you choose half-day or full-day trips, you’ll be on the lake around lunchtime. It’s a good idea to pack a lunch and snacks to keep your focus on the trip, not your hunger.

You’ll also want to bring water with you. The lake is full of water, but not the kind you’ll want to drink, so be sure to stay hydrated with a water bottle.


Time Zone

Lake Powell falls between Arizona and Utah. Since Arizona doesn’t follow daylight saving time while Utah does, this means that the two have different times for half the year. This can be very confusing and even problematic if you don’t follow the time difference. Keep an eye on the time zones to prevent any headaches or missed trips.

Checking the Weather

We offer our services every day of the year, from the sunny highs of summer to the blustery chills of winter. You’ll want to check the weather before you embark on your trip and dress accordingly to ensure that you’re prepared for what the day will bring.

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