LAKE POWELL PADDLE EXPRESS
Paddle Express specializes in guided tours, along with DIY tours that include delivery and pickup. Taking reservations for Fall and Winter holiday tours. Kayak and SUP rentals are available too. Come tour the beautiful slot canyons of Lake Powell with Paddle Express.
Due to the time zones in the area make sure you set your phone on Phoenix, Az time to keep it simple.
Cellphone service is remote while Paddle Express is at the launch ramp during business hours handling customers so text messages are best. With lake levels extremely low please allow for extra time from your vehicle.
COLORADO RIVER HISTORY
COLORADO RIVER COMPACT
Colorado River Compact (water resources agreement) was signed by President Hoover in 1922 and roughly 15 million acre foot of water was allocated annually down stream. The number of 15 MAF was projected based off of numbers from the decade before, the 1910s. Historically over the century the 1910s ended up being a well above average decade for precipitation and overall watershed numbers within the upper basin region. The last two decades index in drought categories with average yields of roughly just under 12 million acre foot. 20 years of 3 million acre feet shy produces lakeshore loss and an average of 5-10 foot drops annually causing Lake Powell to be nearly 150’ below full capacity and barely 30% full.
COLORADO RIVER IMPACT
Colorado River region is separated by the upper and lower basins. The biggest industry the Colorado River impacts is the agricultural industry. 1/5 of the 15 MAF goes to the Imperial Valley. The Imperial Valley is the lettuce capital of the world and the annual gross is currently 1.4 billion in revenue and approximately 12 % of the U.S. GDP.
COLORADO RIVER BASINS
Lake Powell is in the lower part of upper Colorado River basin. Next is Lake Mead, then Lake Mojave and finally Lake Havasu.
Want to book now the morning of your planned adventure but it’s super early? No worries Paddle Express is up pressing coffee at 4am ready to get the days adventure going. Make the reservation and let’s go!