Leelenau – Good Harbor Bay Kiteboarding

 

This past weekend I was able to take a trip up to the Leelenau peninsula and cruise M22 with my gear chasing the wind and waves.

Cat Head Bay, State park, Peterson Park and Good Harbor Bay
Cat Head Bay, State park, Peterson Park and Good Harbor Bay

The forecast look pretty promising for the northern part of the peninsula on Saturday, so we made our way as far north as we could.  The wind was supposed to be out of the West at 15 to 20 knots, so just looking at a map, I thought that Cat Head Bay would be a good spot with my buddy TC.  We got as close as we could to the bay, but there was no public access to our disappointment.  We decided the next closest spot with public access is Leelanau State Park, but we were concerned with the amount of rocks potentially around there.

Well, our concerns were justified.  It isn’t a beach friendly spot.  Lots of rocks, but there was plenty of wind.

Leelenau State Park Looking West
Leelenau State Park Looking West

We also noticed on a map that there was a public park a little ways away called Peterson Park so we headed down there.  Once we got there, it was a little bit of another let down.  Lots of rocks and the wind felt even lighter there.  Alright, TC said,”lets head south and check out one more spot”.  I was skeptical, but TC knows the area better than I do. We ended up pulling into the Good Harbor Bay beach area, part of the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Park.  Once we got there, I still wasn’t sure, but after pumping my kite, going for a quick paddle board, I had to try it out.  It was good decision.  The wind continued to pick up as the sun shone bright on the turquoise blue waters.  Nirvana!  Probably around 15 knots in the lulls and 18 to 20 knots in the gusts.  I’ll be back….

Riding Good Harbor Bay
Riding Good Harbor Bay

 

Some pictures from the weekend…..

 

 

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