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Little Sable Point
Acceptable Wind Directions: SW, W, NW, N

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Directions: Continue on I94 just past St. Joseph, where you need to get on to I196 toward Grand Haven. Take 31 north through Grand Haven about another 45 minutes North to an exit called Shelby Road. Take Shelby exit West toward the East coast of Lake Michigan. You will ride for about 5 miles on Shelby until it ends. Make a right on B15 and follow it to the end. Take another right onto Buchanan. Take a left at the first road 18th. Take this to the end where you go left and follow it through a narrow gravel/dirt road to the parking lot for the beach. You should see the lighthouse immediately next to the lot. This is where the kiters will be. The rigging area is approximately 800 feet South of the lighthouse (if you are facing the water, walk to the left 800 feet from the light house). There are less swimmers/beachgoers here making it a safer area to rig and ride.


Weko Beach
Acceptable Wind Directions: SW, W, NW, N

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Directions: After St. Joseph, but before Michigan City, IN you will hit an exit called Bridgman. Take the Bridgman exit off I94 and head East (make a right). Go up to the streetlight (about 1/3 mile up) that has a Subway on the left and get yourself some chow. You're gonna need it for the intense riding you'll be doing! Then take a left and head Northwest to the beach entrance. You'll immediately go under the highway, continue straight through the townhome area, and the road will veer off to the right about a 3/4 mile up into the park. If you skip Subway, don't worry, during the on-season, there's a bar on the beach. Parking is not free during the swim season. Rig to the North side of the beach. If you are facing the water, this is the right side of the beach.

 


Jean Klock Park
Acceptable Wind Directions: WSW, W, NW, NNE

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Directions: From Grand Rapids: Take I-196 to Holland. Take US-31 South towards Benton Harbor. Take M-63 South towards Benton Harbor. Take Klock Road west. Follow signs to park.

Directions: From St. Joseph: Take Main Street (US-63) North to Benton Harbor. Take Klock Road West and follow the signs. From Chicago: Take I90/294/80/94 around the lake. Take I94 past St. Joseph to I196 North toward Grand Rapids.


Rocky Gap Park
Acceptable Wind Directions: WSW, W, NW, N, NE

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Directions: From Grand Rapids: Take I-196 to Holland. Take US-31 South towards Benton Harbor. Take M-63 South towards Benton Harbor. Take Rocky Gap Road to park.

Directions: From St. Joseph: Take Main Street (US-63) North to Benton Harbor. Take Rocky Gap Road to park.


Lions Park
Is located below the bluff in downtown St. Joseph, south on lions park Drive.

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Sheltered pavilions, parking and sidewalks. (No lifeguards on duty) It has a view of St. Joseph's pier and lighthouse.


Grand Mere State Park
Acceptable Wind Directions: W, NW, N, NE

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Directions: The beach is about a minute from the parking lot on a self guided trail. To get to the beach, from I-94, take the John Beers exit to the West (exit 22). You go back over the expressway straight into a rural forest area. The road is narrow and turns into a dirt road. Continue down this road to the dead end. It turns parallel to the shore passing some houses and then dead ends at a small parking area for about 4-5 cars. There are a couple homes right there, too, so don't be alarmed. Follow the sandy trail that's marked as beach access over a dune and down to the beach. This puts you at the very downwind end of the beach on a SW wind. Also, there's a couple private beach areas you need to stay clear of. Its best to walk along the water to your left, all the way to the point that you can see - approximately a 200-300 yard walk - to a good upwind launch area - especially if you're unable to stay upwind.

*Note: Do not follow the signs to the Grand Mere State Park. It directs a left turn after crossing the expressway. If you park here, there is a 1 mile walk to the same beach with all your gear! (Restrooms are available at the parking lot. Obtain an entrance permit at Warren Dunes State Park.)

 


Silver Beach
Acceptable Wind Directions: WSW, W, NW, N, NE

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Directions: Silver Beach is below the bluff in downtown St. Joseph on Lake Street. Exit I-94 to St. Joseph (red arrow highway) and follow it for several miles into the downtown area. Take the last left turn before heading over the bridge, the first right and follow it down to the left. You will come to a right turn over train-tracks. Head over the tracks straight into the parking area. Parking is $7. There is also another beach (Tiscornia Park) to the North side of the harbor breakwall. The North side beach is the better beach, since its less crowded, but there's a wind-shadow at Tiscornia on SW winds due to the hill and trees right where you park, so walk down a bit. West winds and WSW work really well here with the jetty blocking the waves. The rollers are fun to pop off of at the end of the jetty.

**Note: It costs to park at silver beach but there is another little parking lot between silver beach and the bluff right in front of the train station and it is free to park there. It is only a hundred yards to the beach. Or if you go down past silver beach and turn at outpost sports that goes to Lyons beach and that is free also.


Tiscornia Park
Acceptable Wind Directions: SW, W, NW, N

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Directions: Tiscornia Park is just North of the St. Joseph River Channel off Upton and Marina Drives in St. Joseph. To get here from the main road (Main Street), take Main through town (North) and go over the bridge. Take the first right turn at Edgewater Drive. Turn left at the stop sign and follow the road to the next stop sign. Make a right on to Upton Drive. Proceed two blocks past the railroad tracks and take a sharp left onto Marina Drive. Follow Marina Drive to the "Yield" sign and take a left onto Ridgeway Drive. Continue straight and take a right at the Tiscornia Park entrance sign. Parking in the lot is a few bucks. West winds and WSW work really well here with the jetty blocking the waves. The rollers are fun to pop off of at the end of the jetty.


Van Buren State Park
South Haven (616) 637-2788

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Directions: From Chicago: Take I90/294/80/94 around the lake. Take I94 past St. Joseph to I196 North toward Grand Rapids. Take I196 to South Haven and exit at 32nd avenue heading West. Go to the end and head North to the park.


Warren Dunes State Park
Sawyer (616) 426-4013

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One of the most popular parks in Michigan, with three miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Stay out of the swimming area or you will get a ticket. The patrol enforces this rule very strictly. There are better locations to ride than Warren Dunes only minutes away. You will be better served just avoiding this place (and the crowds).


Muskegon
Acceptable Wind Directions: S, SW, W, NW

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Excellent kiting location on Lake Michigan. It is set up similar to Michigan City with a break wall creating a harbor (with a beach). However, the beach at Muskegon in between the break walls is a city park vs. at Michigan city which is a power plant. So this means FLAT water in the harbor and wave riding on the outside. Also if you look at last years wind data, Muskegon would get those southerly "thermals" at 15 -20 knots almost 5 days a week.

Lodging Options for Muskegon Michigan

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Saugatuck
Acceptable Wind Directions: SSW, SW, W, NW, NNW

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Directions: 31 north to exit 34 (M89); left (west) at the top of the ramp, 1/2 mile to stop sign. Turn left (South), drive slowly down this narrow road and go through a little "S" turn. Continue 1 mile down the road to the public park. There is lots of parking and a staircase down to the beach. There are usually a lot of people down at the bottom of the stair, so find a spot away from the crowds to launch and land. If you're staying overnight and want a place to stay, check out the lodging options below...

Lodging Options for Saugatuck Michigan

Wickwood Inn

Sherwood Forest B&B

TwinGables Inn

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