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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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post Jul 16 2007, 07:13 PM
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Anybody go to Nickel Plate beach in Huron its almost a mile long should be good in ne or nw ne will kick up some waves though.There is public parking for 3 bucks or so on the west end and I have access through the cottage area if anyone wants to try it.
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post Jul 17 2007, 06:52 AM
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QUOTE(suckinseawater @ Jul 16 2007, 08:13 PM) *
Anybody go to Nickel Plate beach in Huron its almost a mile long should be good in ne or nw ne will kick up some waves though.There is public parking for 3 bucks or so on the west end and I have access through the cottage area if anyone wants to try it.
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Nickle Plate is NOT good on a NorthEast! It is straight on shore. The shore pound is BIG. The best wind direction for there is NorthWest.
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post Jul 17 2007, 07:27 AM
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QUOTE(Chalkphoto @ Jul 17 2007, 07:52 AM) *
Nickle Plate is NOT good on a NorthEast! It is straight on shore. The shore pound is BIG. The best wind direction for there is NorthWest.


Never ridden there so I was reluctant to write up a spot guide for it.

When we were at Vermilion on Saturday, Ray who lives in Huron, informed us about the west side of the Huron river. He said a big area around the fill area is really shallow. Boats can't even pull up in there anymore. Could be a good place to learn? Looking at it, NW would be the ideal wind. You can see how shallow it is by the white caps that are forming over the area, where they aren't further out in the lake.
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post Jul 17 2007, 07:57 PM
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I may be wrong, but I believe that Nickel Plate is on the east side of the river and there is a small city park on the west side of it.

Whichever is the case, the beach on the west side is fairly small. It is sandy, but very tight from the looks of it when Ive been there. Also there is a big breakwall of rocks between the sand and the water, so you'd have to do some pretty fun climbing after you launch. Like Joel said a NW would be perfect there I think...MAYBE a N, but I wouldnt trust it.

The beach on the east side of the Huron is great...it is wide open and by far the cleanest beach around that I've seen. Like Mark said it is long. A N all the way around to a SE (cuz Im sure we get those a lot) would be ideal for that side. Just watch out for people on the beach, I havent been there when it was crowded so I dont know how far up or down the beach to go. Also...WATCH OUT FOR RIP CURRENTS HERE! There have been a number of people who got sucked under and drowned in the past few years there because of it.

Im in Sandusky, so if anyone ever wants to ride there Im just an angry mule's kick away so gimmie a call!
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post Jul 18 2007, 01:07 PM
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Mentor Harbor Yacht Club is a great spot for: sw,w,ne,e. I have access to a crash boat and if help me inflate my kites I will treat you to the club bar. The east beach is very nice for rigging and the west beach has drive up access. Call me if you want to kite there.
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Luke War,

I'm up in the Marblehead area on weekends, originally from Huron. Lookin to ride with some folks in that area.
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Maumee Bay State Park


Wind: WNW, NW, N, NE, ENE, E

Amenities: Restrooms, Snack Bar (in summer), Convenience Store (1 mile)

Summer---Launch and land in the green area. This is supposed to be reserved for Jet ski's, windsurfers & kiters.
They don't enforce the "no swimming" rule very well in this area and you may need to move to the
orange area. Use common sense. Don't fly kites between people on the beach. Don't ride in the swim area.
Walk out past the swim buoys. Stay out of the jet ski rental beach (red).

Spring/Fall/ Winter---the beach and water is usually clear. Just no stupid shit please.

Water shallow bay, choppy, but overhead after 100 yards. North is straight onshore. Careful before road tripping
on real big W or SW day (esp Gales) as the water will blow out of this end of the lake. No kidding

more info: Maumee Bay State Park


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post Jun 6 2008, 12:41 PM
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Anyone know the good spots in Sandusky. I have heard that you can kite somewhere on every wind direction but I don't know any of the good locations.
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post Jul 21 2008, 03:31 PM
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Geneva State Park?

Just rode the swimming beach at Geneva State Park(right across the street from Deer Lake Golf Course) and it was pretty good. Far East end of beach is nice and wide and is far enough from swim buoys and most swimmers. Talked to the lifeguard and he said it was cool, just stay out of the swim buoys.

Anyone else ride here?
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post Mar 24 2009, 09:45 PM
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Thanks for all the great info.

Does anyone know if there is anyplace in Ohio to ride a south wind?


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post Mar 24 2009, 10:05 PM
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QUOTE(don pitcher @ Mar 24 2009, 10:45 PM) *
Thanks for all the great info.

Does anyone know if there is anyplace in Ohio to ride a south wind?


Best place we've found is the Sandusky Sandbar. So go buy a boat so you can take us all out there when we get those warm spring southerly winds!

Don't bother trying any inland lakes. the wind is way to gusty on any inland lake to make it fun or even safe to kite!


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post Mar 24 2009, 10:08 PM
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Brest Bay works well on a south if you get out a couple hundred yards (where it's still only waist deep). Though, that's not exactly Ohio.
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Thanks for the replies. I have access to a PWC, so I will have to give the sandbar at try sometime.


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post Mar 26 2009, 07:38 AM
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Its a great spot. There are a bunch of boat launches on marblehead peninsula so you could just launch your PWC on the leeward side of the wind and not have to worry about too much chop getting to the point.....or park at a cemetary, unstrap a canoe from the top of your car and make a mad dash for the water and paddle away over to it. i've heard mixed success stories about this method. not recommended for cold water days.


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