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Daily Deal: Learn how to handle a houseboat at Lake Powell

March 18, 2013|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • Boats access areas of Lake Powell in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area that are unreachable on foot or by car.
Boats access areas of Lake Powell in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area… (Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas )

This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.

Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas in Tuweep, Ariz., offers a weekend course about the ins and outs of piloting a houseboat and learning some of the basics of boating. The weekend class and stay starts at $299, which includes practice sessions and some meals.

The deal: Houseboating 101 is offered on six weekends between April and October. It's a great instructional opportunity for first-timers who might be intimidated about how to handle houseboats and powerboats on the massive reservoir that straddles Arizona and Utah.

During the weekend, participants receive hands-on practice on how to drive, anchor and tow a boat and learn boating and navigation rules too. The two-day session comes with daily breakfast and box lunch for two.

When: Courses are offered April 26-28, May 3-5, May 17-19, Sept. 20-22, Sept. 27-29 and Oct. 4-6.

Tested: I found availability for a room with two queen-sized beds at the Wahweap Marina for the class starting April 26. The $299 rate covers instruction plus taxes and fees. The same room on the same night would cost $10 less, but that's without the houseboat course and without meals. Note too there's an additional $15 charge to enter Glen Canyon National Recreational Area that's good for a week.

Contact: Lake Powell Resorts & Marina, (888) 896-3829

[For the Record, 3 p.m. PDT April 22: An earlier version of this post incorrectly said the room was available at the Tuweep Marina. The correct name is the Wahweap Marina.]

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