Everything you need to know about kitesurfing and kiteboarding in Chicago.

kitesurfing

kitesurfing

 

 
 

Home

Illinois

Indiana

Michigan

Wisconsin

Iowa

Ohio

Texas

Ontario Canada

Contact Us


Kiteboarding Forum
-

Wisconsin Kiteboarding Directions and Information

North Wisconsin Kiteboarding

1) Sheboygan
2) Winnebago
3) Green Bay
4) Eau Claire
5) Duluth 

Southeast Wisconsin Kiteboarding


6) Milwaukee
7) Racine
8) Kenosha

Madison Area Kiteboarding

9) Madison

Western Wisconsin Kiteboarding

10) La Crosse
11) Dubuque

NORTH WISCONSIN KITEBOARDING

SHEBOYGAN
Sheboygan Beach - Acceptable Wind Directions: NE, NNE, E, SE, SSE
Sheboygan kiteboarding general information (40 minutes North of Milwaukee): If the air is warm and the water is cold, there will be a thermal generated over the lake during Southerly winds that will increase the winds in Sheboygan.

Directions from Milwaukee: Take I43 North of Milwaukee about 45 minutes to Sheboygan. The second exit for Sheboygan is Rte 28. There is a huge flag at this exit, as well, so you can't miss it. Take this East and continue going straight.  Rte 28 will turn North up another road, but do NOT turn and continue straight on Washington Avenue to the end.. Make a left at the power plant and go about 2 miles north. You will see the beach to your right from a big bluff. The moment you see the beach, the road will curve left and take your immediate right turn into a small parking lot at the South end of the beach.

Note: Please be familiar with the rules and regulations for kiting in Sheboygan, listed below.

Directions from Chicago: Take I94 N out of Chicago. If you are in the burbs, take I294 North to I94 and continue N. If you are in the far burbs, you can take I355/I290 N until it ends and turns into Rte 53. Take Rte 53 N until it ends. Take the last exit East to I94 North Lake Cook Road. You will take I94 to Milwaukee where you will then have to take the downtown route to N43. Take I43 North another 45 minutes, or so, to the Sheboygan exits. The second exit for Sheboygan is Rte 28. There is a huge flag at this exit, as well, so you can't miss it. Take this East and continue going straight to the end. Do not make any turns. Make a left and go about 2 miles North. You will see the beach to your right from a big bluff. The moment you see the beach, the road will curve left and take your immediate right turn into a small parking lot at the South end of the beach.

Note: Please be familiar with the rules and regulations for kiting in Sheboygan, listed below:

Sheboygan Beach Kitesurfing Rules and Information

LAKE WINNEBAGO
Lake Winnebago information taken from a windsurfing website.

Wind Power / Roosevelt Park (WSW-W-NW-N)
This is by far the most popular windsurfing site on Lake Winnebago.  Roosevelt Park includes a large grassy rigging area, restrooms (open all year round), picnic tables, grills and abundant parking close to the launch.  The lake is shallow and sandy for first 100 yards.

Columbia Park (SW-W-NW-N)
Columbia park features large grassy rigging area, restrooms, picnic tables and grills.  Plenty of parking close to the water.  Also, camping, lookout tower and boat launch.

Fisherman's Road (SW-W-NW-N)
This local boat launch has a small grassy rigging area on north side of parking lot and porta-potties.  This launch is supported by local fisherman, so please show your respect.

The Wayside (SE-E-NE)
The U.S. Hwy 45 Wayside features grassy rigging, restrooms and parking on the water.  Easy launch with very shallow bottom first 100 yards.

GREEN BAY
No kiteboarding information yet. Please submit

EAU CLAIRE
No kiteboarding information yet. Please submit

DULUTH
No kiteboarding information yet. Please submit

SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN KITEBOARDING

MILWAUKEE
Bradford Beach - Acceptable Wind Directions: (S-SE-E-NE)
McKinnley Marina - Acceptable Wind Directions: (S-SE-E-NE)

Directions:  Once in the downtown Milwaukee area, take 794 towards the lake and follow the shore North.  After the big winged Museum, start to look to your right and you will see the launches.

RACINE
North Point Beach - Acceptable Wind Directions: (NE-E-SE-S)

Directions from Chicago: Exit I94 North at Route 11 Wisconsin (Racine is about 20 minutes north of the Illinois/Wisconsin state line). Head East until the road ends under a viaduct (there is a construction equipment billboard right across the street). Make a left and head North. This is route 32. You'll go through some small home areas. Go up to 14th street and make a right heading East to the water (Mobil station on the corner). At the end make a left heading North to a small downtown shopping plaza. You want to go through the plaza area and go over a bridge to the beach north of the harbor. It will be visible on the right-hand side. There is parking along the upper street, or in two long, narrow parking lots along the sand down below.

KENOSHA
Alford Park - Acceptable Wind Directions: (N-NE-E-SE-S)

Directions from Chicago: Exit I94 North at Rt 50. Go to Rt 32 which is called Sheridan Road and runs along the lakefront between Kenosha and Racine. Head North, make a right, and go approximately 4 miles north to Alford Park.

MADISON AREA KITEBOARDING

MADISON
Madison area kiteboarding general information (see a road map for general locations): Toughest directions for winds in Madison in general are SSW and North.  SSW works OK at Burrows, Tenney and Olbrich, but isn't great at any one of them.  North can be done at James Madison if you get away from the break wall.  Best idea is to head to Lake Michigan if it's North.

Lake Mendota
Winter ICE Depth Chart
Gov Nelson State Park (NE-E-SE-S-SSW) - NW corner of the lake.  SSW gets slightly offshore, but great for learning if you can get away from shore and in the middle.  Mostly shallow water in the entire bay area.  NE is OK, but tends to be gusty and becomes a more advanced riding spot due to deep water downwind in NE winds.

Burrows (SW-W-NW) - Beginner if with other person or Instructor otherwise this tends to be an Intermediate to Advanced launch.  Great with anything that has W and SW in it.  NW will get shadows from the Maple Bluff area.    This is the choice to ride if Olbrich is weeded in during the early summer.  Mostly chop and small waves when it's windy. 
Directions: Off of Sherman Avenue on the East Side of the Lake.

Tenney (W-NW) - Intermediate to Advanced launch.  Similar to riding at Burrows, but is much better choice than Burrows if it's NW.  Cleaner winds due to a longer throw of the winds.  The riding is more advanced though due to less shallow areas near shore.  SW is better at Burrows due to the longer throw for the winds.  The launch is also tougher in the summer due to swimming buoys.  Burrows is usually the choice since we get more SW winds than NW this time of year.  Watch for the rocks on the North side of the beach.
Directions: Off of Sherman Avenue on the East Side of the Lake.

Marshall (NE-E) - Intermediate to Advanced launch.  Easterly winds are good at Marshall.  Lots of moored boats in the summer months, so the launch and riding is more advanced.  Plus...East winds are straight onshore.  The best riding here would be strong east winds so you can get upwind and away from the boats.
Directions: On Allen Blvd off of University Ave on the SW corner of the lake.  This is a tight spot so skills are necessary.

Lake Monona
Winter ICE Depth Chart
Olin Park (E-NE) - Intermediate to Advanced launch.  A good spot for East and NE winds if you don't want to travel to the other spots.  Keep an eye on the weeds past mid June.  They can get thick and create havoc.  No spraying for weeds at Olin as far as we know, so they stay longer.  Advanced riding due to limited launch and landing options along the shore. 
Directions: Off John Nolan Drive on the West side of the lake.  Look towards the lake and turn there.  Launch at the little beach.

Olbrich Park (SSW-SW-W) - Beginner to Advanced launch.  SW is the ticket for here.  SSW and West is also good if it's stronger.  SW is straight onshore, but there's so much shallow area to ride to the left and it can be butter smooth with the winds blowing hard.  The shallow area creates a break in the chop and makes for fun ramps at the break area.  If it's blowing SSW, head to the other shore and the winds fill in really good to the right as you're looking at the lake.  For learning, West and NW winds create more side shore conditions which are great for doing downwinders and not having to worry about onshore winds. 
Directions:  Monona Drive runs on the East side of the lake.  Near the NE corner of the lake turn Walter Street and park.  Nice open area to set up and shallow.

BB Beach (SW-S-SE) - Advanced launch.  If there is somewhere better to go, go there instead.  This is a very tight launch.  It is hidden along the NW shore , somewhere by some bike shop.

Wingra Lake  
Wingra lake is hidden among Madison in and out of lots of one ways.  You may want a map to find it.  If it's SE or E in the winter and no other lake is frozen, head to Vilas Park to get better winds

Wingra Park: Seasonal riding conditions, see below:
Summer - No riding on wingra in the summer.  Too small and limited launch and landing options. 
Winter - W, SW, S, SE, E

Vilas Park: Seasonal riding conditions, see below:
Summer - No riding on wingra in the summer.  Too small and limited launch and landing options. 
Winter - W, SW, S, SE, E

Waubesa Lake
East Launch - Off of Hwy 51.  Look for Larson Beach Road and turn towards the lake.  Park on the street by the restaurant and walk out on the lake.
Summer - If the wind is blowing, there are better lakes to be on
Winter - NW, N, NE, E  - Park on the street next to the bar/restaurant

Goodland Park - On the SW corner of the lake.  Look for Goodland Park Drive
Summer - If the wind is blowing, there are better lakes to be on
Winter - NE, E, SE, S

Lake Kegonsa
South Launch  - At the end of Quam Drive off Hwy 51 on the south end of the lake.
Summer - It is deep so don't even try, If the wind is blowing there are better lakes in the area to be on
Winter - NW, N, NE, E  - Be careful though, big fast Ice boats like this lake also
 
Kegonsa State Park - At the south end of Door Creek Road on the NE side of the lake
Summer - It is deep so don't even try, If the wind is blowing there are better lakes in the area to be on
Winter - W, SW, S  - Be careful though, big fast Ice boats like this lake also

Lake Koshkonong
Lake Koshkonong is approximately 30 minutes south of Madison and 30 minutes North of Rockford, IL - Best winds are W, SW, NW or NE but it works on any winds really as long as you go to the right launch so the winds are on-shore.
Winter ICE Depth Chart

North Launch Public Boat Ramp (SSW-S-SE) - this launch is narrow and can only support 3 kiters unless you are all very organized. Park at the top of the hill and to the side. You must do a water launch at this location. Usually windy days there are not many boats on this lake.
Directions: Exit I90/39 at exit 160 and head North (left or right depending on where you're coming from). Go up about 1/2 mile to a mile and make a right at Hwy 106. This is right at the top of the first rise in the road. Head East on 106 for about 5-10 minutes (2-3 miles) until you reach County A. Make a right (heading South). Go to the end of the road where there are a few houses lines up on the shore. Go right and drive about 200 feet to a small, narrow boat ramp. Park at the top of the boat ramp and run your kitelines down the ramp toward the water with the kite at the water's edge. Do a water re-launch or have a friend do an assisted launch for you in the water, which is only 3 feet deep several hundred feet out.

North Launch at Norms Bar (SE-E-NE) - this launch is next to Norms Bar. Shallow like the others, so rig up, be clean (wrap up lines) and go out to launch and ride. New Glarus Spotted Cow on tap at the bar. Usually windy days there are not many boats on this lake. They don't take credit cards, bring cash.
Directions: Same as above, but after you turn down County A watch for Norms Bar, make a left, and park there. On weekends and nice days the launch may be packed with boats coming and going. 

South Launch (NW-N-NNE) - decent parking area, but may get crowded during summer with boat traffic. Usually windy days there are not many boats on this lake.
Directions: Exit I90/39 at exit 163 and head East on Rte 59. Go to Charlie's Bluff Road and make a left. Head North about a mile or two to the open grassy area to set up the kites. Do an assisted launch from the water, which is shallow a few hundred feet out, or a solo water re-launch.

East Launch at Vinnie Ha Ha (SW-W-NW) - narrow launch rig area. Park at the furthest area away from the water. There is a parking area behind the trees past the road to leave. Be sure to hit the Owls Club on the way out on 26 at the flashing light. Owls Club is on the East side of the road. Fish Fry on Fridays is great with live music and of course, the Spotted Cow. They don't take credit cards, bring cash.
Directions: Exit I90/39 at exit 163 and head East on Rte 59. After a couple of miles look for the University of Whitewater turn at County Road N and turn left.  Go to Hwy 26 and head North. Turn Left on Koshkonong Lake Road and a quick right  on to OLD WI26. Turn left on Koshkonong Mounds Road. Turn right on Vinnie Ha Ha Road.  Go to the end and park in the boat landing parking on the right.  Do an assisted launch from the water, which is shallow a few hundred yards out, or a solo water re-launch.

WESTERN WISCONSIN KITEBOARDING

LA CROSSE
Stoddard Launch  (N or S but nothing in between). This site is only good for winter time when it is frozen over.

Directions: About 10 minutes south of LaCrosse is the small town of Stoddard.  Park just North of town, jump the track and your on the ice.  It will be obvious where to go, just follow the ice fisherman paths.




Copyright 2003 Chicago Kitesurfing, Inc.
-