We understand the wind speeds, gusts and storms that occur on Lake Powell and why this is probably your biggest question. Our engineers have done extensive testing and wind loading to understand the right sizes needed for different houseboat lengths & heights. Select from among our various Beach Bags anchors to make the right decision for your particular houseboat's needs. We welcome emails and phone calls to chat with you about our technical work.
The extensive use of pin and stake anchors is causing significant damage at Lake Powell. The drill holes left behind accelerate erosion, weaken the slickrock shoreline and may damage the fossil record (dinosaur footprints). Additionally, pins, stakes and rebar that become trapped in the rock and left behind can injure swimmers and puncture boat hulls.
Using pin anchors and stake anchors at Lake Powell is against the law. Per the National Park Service, Pin anchoring and stake anchoring are illegal because they result in permanent, irreversible damage to the slickrock geologic and mineral resource and can weaken the integrity of the slickrock (these are violations of 36 CFR 2.1(a)(iv)), have adverse impacts to scenic/visual resources, and damage paleontological and cultural resources.
According to the National Park Service, the current fines for the use of pin anchors and stake anchors at Lake Powell are $250 per pin. Considering houseboats typically use 6-8 pins, total fines for a properly secured houseboat range from $1,500 - $2,000 per incident.
It is likely the fines for using pin anchors and stake anchors will increase beyond the $250 per pin fine. The National Park Service recently announced a pilot program proposal. Under that proposal houseboats using pins or stakes to anchor would pay the $250 per pin fine plus an additional fine for violation of an approved concession. The additional penalty for violation of an approved concession is unknown at this time.
The National Park Service recently proposed a pilot program to address pin anchoring. The proposed 3-year pilot study would allow for highly regulated pin anchoring under the following scenario:
the houseboat receives a permit by the National Park Service to pin anchor, and the houseboat is pin anchored in an area pre-designated for pinning by the National Park Service, and the houseboat is pin anchored by an existing concession contract holder at Lake Powell.
Locations for permissible pin anchoring are yet to be designated by the National Park Service, but they have indicated that pinning sites under the proposal will be limited. Houseboats will not be able to pin anchor or stake anchor just anywhere.
Additionally, the general public would not be allowed to pin anchor. The pin anchoring of houseboats would only be done through a paid anchoring service offered by an existing concession contract holder at Lake Powell. Antelope Point Marina has been specifically named in the National Park Service proposal.
Don’t worry. Beach Bags has you covered. If you don't want to pay for pin anchoring in the limited locations approved by the National Park Service you can now consider using Beach Bags water anchors. They’ll take you almost anywhere you want to go.
Beach Bags are engineered for easy, effective and safe anchoring on slickrock shorelines. Alternatively, you can anchor your houseboat using fluke style anchors or Beach Bags on sandy shorelines. Beach Bags work great on the sand and eliminate the time, stress and strain from digging and burying fluke anchors 2-3 feet deep on hot summer days.
There are several ways rental and private houseboaters can use Beach Bags water anchors. These include:
Yes, Beach Bags are a sack filled with water, but they’re not just any old bag. In fact, they’re specifically engineered to withstand many of the rigors and demands of the forever changing, and often unpredictable conditions on Lake Powell.
For example, as Lake levels rise and fall, your favorite spot’s shorelines can change from relatively flat sand to undulating slickrock slopes. How do you burry a fluke anchor in rock? How to you place an ordinary bag on a slope and keep it from rapidly rolling downhill, and quite possibly injuring someone, when it begins to fill? Or, how do you secure your vessel to an ordinary water filled bag and have it safely hold your houseboat during strong winds?
You don’t. That is unless you use Beach Bags. Each unit contains more than three years of R&D expertise driven by engineers and product developers possessing decades of boating and, in particular, Lake Powell houseboating experience. Our Patent Pending Beach Bags are equally effective on sand and rock, are engineered for use on slopes up to 20°, and provide superb holding power. Try houseboating with any other bag. You’ll soon discover it was destined for the trash.
Yes. Beach Bags are specifically designed for safe, convenient and effective use on rock or sand and are designed for use on stable surfaces with slopes up to 20º. Beach Bags' holding power will vary depending on a number of factors including surface type, condition and slope, as well as their angle in relation to you're houseboat. Whether your renting or purchasing Beach Bags please make certain to receive the right Beach Bags for your boat to achieve simple, safe and effective houseboat anchoring.
Yes. There are applications where you may choose to use a combination of Beach Bags and Sand anchors (separate lines).