Kayaking Port Washington Wisconsin

By Ken Braband

Here is some information about kayaking Port Washington on Lake Michigan.

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Port Washington

South Beach Kayak Surfing Video

The area where the video was shot is a public kayak/canoe launch called South Beach. It’s also becoming increasingly popular for sunbathers and swimmers.

Parking can sometimes be crowded on summer weekend afternoons. A port-a-potty is available during summer months and a public restroom is available a short distance away along the Interurban Trail. Parking can sometimes be crowded on summer weekend afternoons. The beach is immediately south of the power plant on Port Washington’s lakeshore.  Longitude: -87.86968 Latitude: 43.38299

Peter O'Malley riding the waves at Port Washington.

Peter O’Malley riding the waves at Port Washington.

There are about 20 free parking spots in the paved lot. It’s a short carry from the parking to the water, and the shallow sandy beach is good for launching. When winds are from the east, you get a nice area to play in the surf. Surfing waves are usually best in the spring and fall. Be aware that kayaking Lake Michigan requires proper clothing — often a wet suit or dry suit — and proper equipment: a sea worthy kayak with bulkheads and a spray skirt (or float bags and spray skirt if you have a whitewater boat). Recreational boats may be used provided the water is flat and warm and you don’t venture far from shore.

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Ken Braband is a freelance writer. His website is www.RocketInk.com . Ken has been kayaking for about eight years. He canoed for about 25 years prior to that. Ken is an ACA-certified coastal kayaking instructor.  He teaches private lessons as well as classes, including at the Door County Sea Kayak Symposium.

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