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post Jul 16 2007, 10:15 AM
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Here is a list of information regarding kite spots in Ohio. If you have any other spots or want me to put additional information regarding these let me know. Please adhere to the riding / rigging areas to keep the beaches accessible and safe. Most spots in Ohio don't have down wind bail outs and aren't recommended for beginners.




Edgewater State Park
Wind: WNW, NW, NNW, N, NNE, NE

Directions: Exit off of the shoreway, Hwy 2, at the Edgewater State Park exit. Park in the western most parking lot in yellow.

Conditions: Best wave riding spot in the area. Flat water on the inside.

Amenities: Public restrooms, convenience stores less than 2 miles away, plenty of picnic areas.

Notes: Rig and launch in the green area. Stay out of the red area between June and September and whenever swimmers are present (the wind is fluky in there anyways). Keep a distance from surfers when they are around. Keep an eye out for jet skis.

Snowkiting: Just north of the yellow area in the field. The snow usually doesn’t build up here but it is a great close spot. It can easily be ridden at night due to park lights and the glow from the city. Watch out for lamp posts.




Bradstreets Landing
Wind: W, WNW, NW

Directions: The park is off of Lake Road in Rocky River 5 miles west of downtown Cleveland

Conditions: Chop on a West wind with waves building as it turns more North.

Amenities: Public restrooms, convenience store right outside of the park, picnic area.

Notes: Rig and launch in the green area. Stay out of the red area. Don’t ride too close to the pier unless you want to kite with a fishing hook in your back. The beach is small and usually has logs and sticks scattered about it. Only kite here if you know you can stay upwind as the downwind bail outs are scarce. Be mindful of people on the beach.

History: http://www.sunnews.com/news/suburbs/west/bradstreet.htm




Mentor Headlands State Park
Wind: SW, WSW, W, WNW, NW, NNW, N, NNE, NE

Directions: Highway 2, there are signs off of the highway just north of Mentor. Exit onto Hwy 44 and head North, the road dead ends at the park. Park in the SW most lot. 40 minutes East of Cleveland.

Fee: Under $5 for parking between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Conditions: Small chop when it is side shore and waves building as the wind turns more on shore.

Amenities: Public restrooms, convenience stores less than 2 miles away, plenty of picnic areas.

Notes: Rig and launch in the green area. Stay out of the red area between June and September and whenever swimmers are present. Keep an eye out for jet skis. This beach gets very crowded on nice days so be very cautious of beach goers.



Fairport Harbor
Wind: NW, NNW, N

Directions: Highway 2 exit on Hwy 535. Bear left onto High St. Head North till you get to the lake. The park is at the end of the road. 40 minutes East of Cleveland.

Fee: Under $5 for parking between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Conditions: The waves stay very small due to the fact that the whole area is within a breakwall.

Amenities: Public restrooms, convenience stores less than a mile away, picnic areas.

Notes: Rig and launch in the green area. Stay out of the red area between June and September and whenever swimmers are present. A ton of boats and jet skis use this harbor so on the nice days keep a close eye out for them.




Vermilion and Sherod Parks
Wind: WSW, W, WNW, NW, NNW, N, NNE, NE

Directions: Highway 2, to highway 60, head north through Vermilion. Road will dead end into the park. Sherod is 2 miles East off of Highway 6. Easy to find, look for baseball diamonds and the sign. 45 minutes West of Cleveland.

Conditions: Vermilion Park is great on a Northeast. Super smooth water on the inside with nice well formed spaced out waves on the outside. A breakwall keeps it smooth inside.

Amenities: Public restrooms at Vermilion, convenience stores less than a mile away, picnic areas.

Notes: Rig and launch in the green areas. Both beaches are small. They usually don’t get too crowded but assisted launches are almost necessary to avoid any problems. Watch out for the zebra mussels they’ll tear your feet up without protection. This area offers great 2 mile down winders from either park to the other. There are plenty of small private beaches in between to bail out at in case of an emergency. Both launches have rocks visible in some odd spots. Stay clear of these areas cause there are more rocks just under the surface near them. Watch out for boats around Vermilion Park.




Conneaut
Wind: WSW, W, WNW, NW, NNW, N, NNE, NE

Directions: I-90 near the OH PA border, to highway 7, head north to the lake. Hwy 7 makes a quick jog through town just follow the signs. Head through the marina to the road that comes out the west side behind the marsh. Take the sand path that splits off. Stay on hard sand and don’t go if you’re unsure. Cars get stuck all the time. Park on the beach!

Conditions: Flat water on the inside of the harbor. Waves on the outside.

Amenities: Anything you’d need is in town. Nothing at the beach.

Notes: Water is shallow and it’s a good place to practice. However, if you get blown downwind there are no bailouts and you’d have to climb large boulders. Shallow areas have some zebra mussels and random junk. Park in the yellow, ride in the green. Stay away from boats, beachgoers, birdwatchers and rednecks.





Crane Creek State Park
Wind: WNW, NW, NNW, N, NNE, NE, ENE, E

Directions: Highway 2 to Crane Creek State park within the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. Take Park Road 1 through the park all the way to the beach. This park is approximately 20 miles east of Toledo.

Conditions: Small to mid sized waves. They don’t get too big due to the shallow depth of the bay.

Amenities: Public Restrooms and picnic areas.

Notes: This is a guarded beach between June and September. Don’t ride anywhere near the breakwalls or the guarded swim areas. Ride in the Green stay away from the Red. Zebra mussels on a half sand half rock bottom.





Sims Park
Wind: NE, NNE, N, NNW, NW, WNW, W, WSW

Directions: Hwy 90 to E222 Street in Euclid. Head North to Lakeshore Blvd. Go East one block and look for the park on your left. Park next to the mansion and lock your car when you go out. Located about 10 miles east of downtown Cleveland.

Conditions: Waves. Some waves bounce off the breakwalls and cause some chop in close.

Amenities: Picnic, Frisbee golf course!

Notes: Water depth drops off quick. There is a small opportunity to downwind as long as you make it in before you pass the last breakwall. Wide open beach which can get crowded. Some emergency bail out locations a ways down in either direction, know where they are before you have to use them.


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