Our 7 Favorite Paddle Spots
Suttons Bay - Marina Beach: This beach is right out the backdoor of our shop and it is the perfect place to learn to paddle. Shallow for 100+ yards and little to no waves. Beautiful clean water and warm, the first to warm up in the spring and early summer. A safe place to paddle for all ages, please avoid paddling in the swim area.
Suttons Bay - South Beach: Quieter in-town public beach, bathrooms and playground too. Great place to put-in to paddle the perimeter of Suttons Bay. Please avoid paddling in the swim area.
Hendricks Beach on Lee Point: Small quiet beach, almost always calm water, the water is usually warmer here than the rest of West Bay. Great views of Power Island and West Bay. A favorite put-in for Surfski paddlers to catch the swells around Lee Point.
Van's Beach Leland: Voted one of the best Sunets in the US. Sandy beaches and gorgeous views. Best on a calm day, or when the surf is up! Big surf on a northerly/west wind, breakwall provides a channel to paddle out to catch the waves.
North Beach Leland: Small quiet beach just north of the marina. The Marina breakwall makes for great beginner paddleboard surf from a southerly wind.
Good Harbor: Quiet sandy beaches, a popular sunset beach and fires are allowed on the beach. Great beginner surf spot, small rollers just off of the shore.
Peterson Park: Rocky beach, but can be a great beginner surf spot. Small rollers just off of the shore. Can be challenging to get to because paddlers do have to hike down a long narrow stairway to the beach. Great view of the Manitou Islands.
Port Oneida: Quiet sandy beaches with great rock cropping to paddle over, wonderful on a calm day. Great views of the Manitou Islands
Wave conditions can change a paddle spot for the best or for the worst. We recommend never paddling beyond your ability and always wear a life jacket.
Get the wave forecast with the Surfing Lakes app, more info about the app at http://www.surfinglakes.com/