a Windsurf/Kitesurf trip to Lake Michigan:
has got to be epic when the wind blows. It is an enormous lake and
comes very close to ocean sailing. Click here to see
webcam and current conditions.
||925 feet maximum depth
|279 feet average depth
||1,660 miles largely of sand & pebble beaches
The prime windsurfing spots seem to be:
- Greenwood - East facing, great in Northeast,
Southeast, Southwest wind Directions.
- South Haven - Great in Northwest.
Local knowledge says: "the waves are always short in length/period,
but they can get pretty big.
For the best wavesailing, just downwind of a pier is the best. The
shelter of the pier and the bottom contour tends to make the waves
spread out and wrap around and peel more nicely. The south side of
South Haven pier is really nice." - Scott G.
- Saint Joseph (St. Joe) - Great in South
or Northwest as an alternative to South
Haven. Local knowledge says: "Good crowd, little to no localism.
Friendly smiling sailors & kiters that get along great." - Kurt
- Dunbar Beach - Facing North-north-west, great in
West & North -
Local knowledge says: "it closes out in a Northwest. Also; contrary
to popular opinion, SW winds @ Kemil & Dunbar can be excellent; it's
sideoff, w/excellent launches." - Kurt
here to read photo essay of a trip to Dunbar.
- Miller Beach - Local Knowledge
says: Miller used to be popular, but is in a BAD neighborhood - car jacking,
gear stolen, pets shot, etc!!
- Wolf Lake - The locals we met sail it
and say it can blow great there, and is a flat water alternative to Lake Michigan.
For more information on those spots, and driving directions,
check out the
Evanston Windsurfing Association website here.
Click here to go to the weather page and check out the Lake Michigan forecasts.
|Read a photo essay of Ralph & Marcos' Aug '05 information gathering trip to Indiana
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