Best riding conditions on a NorthNorthwest to Northwest but also rideable on a South or West wind. Straight North winds are slightly offshore and gusty. The south pier creates some fun clean waves on bigger days. Thermals develop at Pere Marquette when the day starts out with a Northeasterly wind and plenty of sun.
On busy days you can launch and land at the "Mack Shack" at the south end of the beach. As usual stay outside of designated swim areas whenever possible. In the fall and early spring the beach is pretty wide open for easy access anywhere there aren't people.