Hoosier Canoe & Kayak Club

SK: Sea Kayak Training Weekend, Warren Dune, Lake Mich.

  • July 12, 2019
  • July 14, 2019
  • Warren Dunes State Park, Michigan

sea kayaking Weekend on Lake Michigan

July 12 - 14, 2019

LOCATION:              Sea Kayak Training Weekend

Warren Dunes State Park, Michigan

SPONSOR:               Nate Strong   strong.nathan@att.net

DESCRIPTION:        Paddling along the beautiful dune covered shores of Lake Michigan.  We will take advantage of opportunities for paddlers to develop their skills and confidence in paddling in waves, which are frequently present on large bodies of water.  These opportunities may include launching and landing in surf, paddling in the surf zone, bracing and boat control in wind and waves.  We will limit paddling to conditions of 0-2’ waves and winds less than 20 knots.  Should conditions be larger on Lake Michigan, we will likely paddle on the St. Joseph River or an inland lake.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn or practice skills needed for paddling in Lake Michigan & Lake Superior on our upcoming trips

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MEETING SITE:       Warren Dunes State Park, Michigan

                                    Camping at Warren Dunes or nearby campgrounds

ITINERARY:              Friday June 21 

        Depending on when paddlers arrive, there are options for short paddles on Lake Michigan Friday afternoon or evening, or both.

Saturday June 22

        We will take time as a group to play and develop our skills in the surf as the opportunity presents. Our paddle distance along the Lake Michigan shoreline will be adjusted according to conditions. We will have lunch on the beach. Bring snacks, water and sun screen.

Sunday June 23         

        Short paddle on Lake Michigan with the length determined by when people want to be off of the water to pack up for their return home.

CAMPING:                  Warren Dunes State Park  https://www.michigan.org/property/warren-dunes-state-park

REGISTRATION:          Please email or questions or interest in this event to:
Nate Strong  strong.nathan@att.net or 
          Linda Decker lsdecker@att.net  

EQUIPMENT:              A sea kayak 15 foot or longer with sealed bulkheads and sprayskirt is required. A helmet is recommended when playing in surf. Experience in rough water conditions and open water recues is highly recommended.  The lake is a lot of fun to play in, but wind and waves can make it challenging.  Wet suit may be necessary, you will need to dress to the water temperature.

SKILL LEVEL:               Intermediate and those advanced beginners wanting to develop skills in open water conditions.

GENERAL:                   Michigan State Park fees for non-residents are $9 per day or $33 per year  

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