Kiteboarding/Kitesurfing Beach Information
(from downtown Chicago, Illinois)
Its taken a while to find some good kitesurfing beaches that cooperate with kitesurfers, but here’s a growing list of good spots to frequent. Always have your best manners when dealing with lifeguards and make sure people know you’re there so if you need help on the water, they will watch for you. Many beach-goers are not used to having kitesurfers around, or dealing with the extra pressures of watching you, in addition to the swimmers in the water. Fly safe and within your limits!
Wisconsin Kiteboarding/Kitesurfing Beaches
Illinois Kiteboarding/Kitesurfing Beaches
Indiana Kiteboarding/Kitesurfing Beaches
Michigan Kiteboarding/Kitesurfing Beaches
Parks and Fields for Land Kite Boarding
Toronto Canada Kiteboarding/Kitesurfing
Wisconsin Kitesurfing Beaches
Sheboygan, Wisconsin area Kiteboarding
Sheboygan Beach – Acceptable Wind Directions: NE, NNE, E, SE, SSE
Directions: 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. Please be familiar with the rules and regulations for kiting in Sheboygan, listed below:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin area Kitesurfing
Bradford Beach – Acceptable Wind Directions: N, NE, E, SE, S
Directions: no directions yet…
Madison, Wisconsin area Kitesurfing
Lake Koshkonong – Best winds are SW or NE
Directions for North Launch: 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 ony 3 feet deep several hundred feet out.
Directions to South Launch: 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.
Racine, Wisconsin area Kitesurfing
North Point Beach – Acceptable Wind Directions: NE, E, SE, S
Directions: 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 eading 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, Wisconsin area Kitesurfing
Alford Park – Acceptable Wind Directions: N, NE, E, SE, S
Directions: 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.
Illinois Kitesurfing Beaches
Chicago, Illinois area Kitesurfing
Montrose Beach – Acceptable Wind Directions: NNW, N, NE, E, SE
Directions: Montrose is located East of the Montrose/Wilson exits just north of Irving Park Road off Lake Shore Drive. So if you are in the city, just take LSD north to the Wilson Avenue exit, making a right at the stop sign toward the beach. The approved kite launch is at the bog beach side (Westmost side) which is right there if you keep going straight to the water. You MUST adhere to the rules for riding at Montrose Beach, listed below.
Zion Beach, Zion Illinois – Acceptable Wind Directions: N, NE, E, SE, S
Directions: Take I294/94 North almost to Great America. Exit Grant Street and head East like going to Great America. Go to the third light and take Rte. 21 North (make a left) to Rte. 41. It basically turns into 41. Take 41 to Wadsworth and make a right. Take Wadsworth all the way to the beach. There’s a McDonalds at the entrance to the park so if you’re hungry, you can fuel up there, if you like fast food that is… Kiters usually park at the last small lot on the right before the big lot at the end. If you walk the trail to the right, there is a small protected beach area where the wind is blocked by a rocky bluff on the beach that makes it better to sit and talk or watch while you’re resting out of the wind.
Waukegan Beach, Waukegan Illinois – Acceptable Wind Directions: NNE, E, SSE, SSW
Directions: Take I294/94 North almost to Great America. You will exit Rte 120 heading East. Rte 137 is the exit just before 120 so watch for 120 after you pass Rte 137. You will take Rte 120 East until it dead ends at the beach. You will see the water from the deadend. You can go only left or right. Make a left and head North. You will go through a stop sign. At the second stop sign (just before going up a big ramp) make a right on Clayton over the train tracks. Take your first left even though it says dead-end (Seacrest Road?). You will be going through a boat-yard. It will hook around to the right to head East to the beach and end at a stop sign. Make a right at the stop sign and go left into the parking lot. Park at the North end – so you will do a U-turn. Walk your gear to the beach along the sandy path which is about 100 yards. This is the Northern-most area of the beach, away from the main bathing area. Do not kite and set up in the main beach areas during swim season, and avoid them in non-swim timeframes. It is best to keep separated from the bathers. Do not be a kook and show off for the locals.
63rd/64th Street Beach, Chicago Illinois – Acceptable Wind Directions: NW, N, NE, E, SE
63rd/64th Street Beach is currently closed to kiteboarding activity (2005). Montrose is the only inner-city beach allowing kiteboarding. Please refer to Montrose rules listed above. This beach is open only to PASA2 or IKO3 riders!!!
Directions: Lake Lake Shore Drive (41) South until you enter Jackson Park or take I90/94 South to the exit and head East to the Jackson Park area. This beach is better for the summer since its less crowded and the lifeguards are more in tune with kitesurfing. There is also a breakwall that protects the area from waves on N winds making it a better spot to kitesurf than Montrose, anyway. Check in with the lifeguard office to sign-in and sign-out for your safety. This is so they know everyone successfully came back from the water and they don’t need to do a search and rescue.
Clinton Lake, Clinton Illinois – Acceptable Wind Directions: NW, W, SW
Directions: Clinton Lake is located roughly 35 miles from Champaign/Urbana or Bloomington/Normal. I57, north or south bound: I57 to Champaign; exit onto I74 west to Farmer City (approximately 20 miles); exit onto Rt 54 west (left at stop sign at end of exit ramp). Take Rt 54 through Farmer City and proceed approximately 10 miles to DeWitt. Brown informational sign at DeWitt will read “Mascoutin State Recreation Area”. Turn left at corner of Rt 54 and Co Hwy 14. Go through DeWitt and proceed approximately 1 mile, park is on the right side of road. Park office is first left after entering park. I55, south bound: I55 to Bloomington; follow I55 around south side of Bloomington and take I74 east for 2 miles; exit I74 onto Rt 51 south. Take Rt 51 south to Clinton (approximately 20 miles); ignore all Clinton exits and stay on the 4-lane going around town to the 2nd stop light (Rt 54). Turn left and follow Rt 54 through Clinton; proceed approximately 10 miles to DeWitt. Brown informational sign at DeWitt will read “Mascoutin State Recreation Area”. Turn right onto Hwy 14 and follow this through DeWitt; proceed approximately 1 mile, the park is on the right side of road. Park office is first left after entering park. The lake is best reached from Route 10 which runs South of the lake. Clinton Lake Information is at the links below:
Indiana Kitesurfing Beaches
Gary, Indiana area Kitesurfing
Wolf Lake – Accaptable Wind Directions: W, SW, S
Directions: (From I-90 Skyway heading East) Take I-90 to rte 41 exit (Indianapolis Drive). Follow the exit down the ramp and continue to head straight. Go up a few lights past the Horseshoe Casino entrance. Rte 41 will make a right turn. Follow route 41 to the right, and head down about one mile to the Wolf Lake park entrance on the right-side of the road. There’s a light at the entrance. Park and rig up on the grassy launch area. Note: the winds here are usually pretty gusty. Please avoid this lake if you can!
Whihala Beach County Park (Casino Beach) – Acceptable Wind Directions: W, NW, N, NE, E
Whihala County Park Office is 219-659-4015 for e-coli readings or beach closing information.
Directions: Follow I90 out of Chicago to Indianapolis Blvd (Rte 41 exit off the skyway). Exit and continue going straight. Go up a few lights to the big Horseshoe Casino entrance (can’t miss it – big horseshoe sign on the right). Make a right and go over the bridge and then keep going past the casino to the end where there is a parking entrance. Park in the lot and walk to the beach. The lifeguards here are keeping the NW side (closest side) of the beach free of swimmers and sunbathers open for kiting activity which is very nice. In the sumer, its a great spot to go to get attention from all the boats visiting the casino. There is a very large brick support with a pipe running in shallow water about 50 feet out to watch for, but other than that, the spot is great and wide open with hardly anyone, ever. You can also rig just past the pipe, to the East, on NW winds, or N winds, you will be just downwind of the pipe.
Miller Beach (Marquette Park) – Acceptable Wind Directions: W, NW, N, NE, E
Directions: (From 294/80/94) Miller Beach sits East right next to Lake Street Beach. Exit I294/80/94 at Ripley St (51) just east of Gary. (there is a large McDonalds on the right side north of the highway for some quick grub). Go North on Ripley and turn left on the main road…Ripley ends at this road in a T intersection, so you have to turn. Now heading West, turn right, which is North, at the Marathon Gas Station (its about .25 mile). There is a small Brown Park sign here…Hobart Rd. Hobart winds through the woods and over some rough tracks for a bit. You will come up to the second or third street and turn right, this is Grand Ave. It is a 3 way intersection into a four lane road (there is a stop sign here, too)…now going North on Grand you just keep driving until you enter Marquette Park in about 8 blocks. The Park drive is a one-way loop so you cannot miss it. The best place to go is to the West-end of the beach, which is past the “Miller Bathing Pavilion”. This pavilion looks like a miniature Soldier Field (parthenon with columns) so you cannot miss it. Immediately past this building is a forked drive to the right from the park loop. It veers off at about a 30 degree angle to the right, right in front of the Bathing Pavilion, so don’t miss it. Take this road straight, which leads to a large parking lot beyond the bushes. This west area is away from the lifeguards and main people areas. (From I90 – skyway) leaving Chicago, take the skyway to the I65/Rte 12 exit in Indiana (the same exit as I65 to Indianapolis). After you pay the $0.15 toll and loop around, take the first right to Rte 12 East. Take Rte 12 East for about 2-3 miles (a few lights) to Lake Street and make a left (there is a McDonalds restaurant on the opposite right corner at this intersection). Lake Street winds through the town (don’t speed – lots of cops!) and through some woodsy area for a bit. You will come up to a stop sign at Hemlock Ave. You will see the lake in front of you at this point. Make a right on Hemlock and follow it to the end. Make a left at the stoplight at the dead-end and you enter Marquette Park in about 1/2 a block. The Park drive is a one-way loop so you cannot miss it. You will hit another stop light after 1/4 mile. Make another left into the parking areas at the beach. The best place to go is to the West-end of the beach, which is past the “Miller Bathing Pavilion”. This pavilion looks like a miniature Soldier Field (parthenon with columns) so you cannot miss it. Immediately past this building is a forked drive to the right from the park loop. It veers off at about a 30 degree angle to the right, right in front of the Bathing Pavilion, so don’t miss it. Take this road straight, which leads to a large parking lot beyond the bushes. This west area is away from the lifeguards and main people areas. If you miss the forked drive off to the right, you’ll have to drive around again. During the summer, there is no parking fee for Miller Beach.
Lake Street Beach – Acceptable Wind Directions: W, NW, N, NE, E
Directions: (From 80/94) Just West of Miller, it is a good spot on West winds in the spring/fall since there is no parking fee and you can pull up right to the sand. Exit I294/80/94 at Ripley St (51) just east of Gary. (there is a large McDonalds on the right side north of the highway for some quick grub). Go North on Ripley and turn left on the main road…Ripley ends at this road in a T intersection, so you have to turn. Now heading West, turn right, which is North, at the Marathon Gas Station (its about .25 mile). There is a small Brown Park sign here…Hobart Rd. Hobart winds through the woods and over some rough tracks for a bit. You will come up to the second or third street and turn right, this is Grand Ave. It is a 3 way intersection into a four lane road (there is a stop sign here, too)…now going North on Grand you go straight to Hemlock Ave. Make a left on Hemlock Avenue. Go up to the stop sign (about 1/2 mile up) and make a right on Lake Street. Follow Lake Street to the water and the beach where there’s public parking. (From I90/94 – skyway) leaving Chicago, take the skyway to Rt. 20 in Indiana (just after I65). Take I20 East to Lake Street and make a left and follow it to the beach. (From I90 Skyway from Chicago) leaving Chicago, take the skyway to the I65/Rte 12 in Indiana (the same exit as I65 to Indianapolis). Take Rte 12 East a few miles to Lake Street (a few streetlights up) and make a left (there is a McDonalds restaurant on the opposite right corner at this intersection). Lake Street winds through the town (don’t speed – lots of cops!) and through some woodsy area for a bit. Follow all the way to the beach. During the summer season, there is a parking fee for Lake Street Beach. After summer, no parking fee and parking right on the beach.
Michigan City, Indiana area Kitesurfing
Michigan City Beach – Acceptable Wind Directions: WSW, W, NW, N, NE
Directions: Take I90 or I294/I80/94 from the city south around the lake through Northern Indiana to the Michigan border. Michigan City exit is off I94 just before the border and clearly marked (Rte 421). Exit to the right and loop around heading north on 421 through town. You will see two large American flags, as you first enter, giving you a good indication of the wind here. Head though town to the harbor, which is straight ahead. At 9th street, there is a stop sign. Make a right on 9th and go up to the next street and make a left. This will take you right into the harbor. Enter the beach/harbor (it is a one way entry and exit) and follow over the drawbridge into the park area. The best place to park is in the second lot, at the Zoo. Enter the Zoo ($2-5 parking in summer) and proceed to the end, where there is a small bathroom house on the left of the parking drive. There is a small park and playground on the right. Park there and take the walkway to the beach that is just before the small bathroom house. This area is away from the crowds, being between the main beach that is to the left and the condo beach that is to your right. There is plenty of room to rig and launch kites here during summer season. In the spring and fall, it is acceptable to launch and ride under the protection of the jetty, but don’t ride up near any bathers that are still hanging out.
Mount Baldy State Park – Acceptable Wind Directions: WSW, W, NW, N, NE
Directions: Take I90 or I294/I80/94 from the city south around the lake through N. Indiana toward the Michigan border. Michigan City exit is off I94 just before the border and clearly marked. Exit to the right and loop around heading north through town. You will see two large American flags, as you first enter, giving you a good indication of the wind here. Head though town to the harbor, which is straight ahead. Before entering the harbor, take the last left-hand turn you can take (this is a 4 lane road and I think its route 12, or Red Arrow Hwy.). When you make this left, you should be staring right at a cooling tower for the coal energy plant (this has been mistaken for a nuclear tower by many, including me, until I learned the truth). Pass this tower and go about another mile, you will cross over some tracks with some empty railroad cars sitting on the right, and about 500 yards past the tracks, on the right there will be a sign and small entrance to Mt. Baldy’s parking area. This beach is located to the Southwest of the harbor and breakwall/tower. Parking is free and you have to climb a 50 foot dune to get to the beach, so be sure your gear is in a backpack and you’re traveling light!
Michigan Kitesurfing Beaches
St. Joseph, Michigan area Kitesurfing (map)
Little Sable Point – Acceptable Wind Directions: SW, W, NW, N, (SE may work due to thermal pull)
Directions: The drive is about 4.5 hrs. A good place to stay is in Grand Haven and just drive the 45mins to Little Sable in the AM. Take I90 or I294/I80/94 from the city south around the lake through N. Indiana toward the Michigan border. Continue on I94 into Michigan just past St. Joseph, where you need to get on to I196 toward Grand Haven. Take 31 north through Grand Haven about another 45 minutes North to an exit called Shelby Road. Take Shelby exit West toward the East coast of Lake Michigan. You will ride for about 5 miles on Shelby until it ends. Make a right on B15 and follow it to the end. Take another right onto Buchanan. Take a left at the first road 18th. Take this to the end where you go left and follow it through a narrow gravel/dirt road to the parking lot for the beach. You should see the lighthouse immediately next to the lot. This is where the kiters will be. The rigging area is approximately 800 feet South of the lighthouse (if you are facing the water, walk to the left 800 feet from the light house). There are less swimmers/beachgoers here making it a safer area to rig and ride.
Weko Beach – Acceptable Wind Directions: SW, W, NW, N
Directions: Take I90 or I294/I80/94 from the city south around the lake through N. Indiana toward the Michigan border. After Michigan City, but before St. Joseph, you will hit an exit called Bridgman. Take the Bridgman exit off I94 and head East (make a right). Go up to the streetlight (about 1/3 mile up) that has a Subway on the left and get yourself some chow. You’re gonna need it for the intense riding you’ll be doing! Then take a left and head Northwest to the beach entrance. You’ll immediately go under the highway, continue straight through the townhome area, and the road will veer off to the right about a 3/4 mile up into the park. If you skip Subway, don’t worry, during the on-season, there’s a bar on the beach. Parking is not free during the swim season. Rig to the North side of the beach. If you are facing the water, this is the right side of the beach.
Jean Klock Park – Acceptable Wind Directions: WSW, W, NW, NNE
Directions: From Grand Rapids: Take I-196 to Holland. Take US-31 South towards Benton Harbor. Take M-63 South towards Benton Harbor. Take Klock Road west. Follow signs to park. From St. Joseph: Take Main Street (US-63) North to Benton Harbor. Take Klock Road West and follow the signs. From Chicago: Take I90/294/80/94 around the lake. Take I94 past St. Joseph to I196 North toward Grand Rapids.
Rocky Gap Park – Acceptable Wind Directions: WSW, W, NW, N, NE
Directions: From Grand Rapids: Take I-196 to Holland. Take US-31 South towards Benton Harbor. Take M-63 South towards Benton Harbor. Take Rocky Gap Road to park. From St. Joseph: Take Main Street (US-63) North to Benton Harbor. Take Rocky Gap Road to park.
Lions Park is below the bluff in downtown St. Joseph, south on lions park Drive. Sheltered pavilions, parking and sidewalks. (No lifeguards on duty) It has a view of St. Joseph’s pier and lighthouse.
Grand Mere State Park – Acceptable Wind Directions: W, NW, N, NE
Directions: The beach is about a minute from the parking lot on a self guided trail. To get to the beach, from I-94, take the John Beers exit to the West (exit 22). You go back over the expressway straight into a rural forest area. The road is narrow and turns into a dirt road. Continue down this road to the dead end. It turns parallel to the shore passing some houses and then dead ends at a small parking area for about 4-5 cars. There are a couple homes right there, too, so don’t be alarmed. Follow the sandy trail that’s marked as beach access over a dune and down to the beach. This puts you at the very downwind end of the beach on a SW wind. Also, there’s a couple private beach areas you need to stay clear of. Its best to walk along the water to your left, all the way to the point that you can see – approximately a 200-300 yard walk – to a good upwind launch area – especially if you’re unable to stay upwind.
*Note – Do not follow the signs to the Grand Mere State Park. It directs a left turn after crossing the expressway. If you park here, there is a 1 mile walk to the same beach with all your gear! (Restrooms are available at the parking lot. Obtain an entrance permit at Warren Dunes State Park.)
Silver Beach – Acceptable Wind Directions: WSW, W, NW, N, NE
Directions: Silver Beach is below the bluff in downtown St. Joseph on Lake Street. Take I90 or I294/I80/94 from the city south around the lake through N. Indiana into Michigan. Exit I-94 to St. Joseph (red arrow highway) and follow it for several miles into the downtown area. Take the last left turn before heading over the bridge, the first right and follow it down to the left. You will come to a right turn over train-tracks. Head over the tracks straight into the parking area. Parking is $7. There is also another beach (Tiscornia Park) to the North side of the harbor breakwall. The North side beach is the better beach, since its less crowded, but there’s a wind-shadow at Tiscornia on SW winds due to the hill and trees right where you park, so walk down a bit. West winds and WSW work really well here with the jetty blocking the waves. The rollers are fun to pop off of at the end of the jetty.
**Note: It costs to park at silver beach but there is another little parking lot between silver beach and the bluff right in front of the train station and it is free to park there. It is only a hundred yards to the beach. Or if you go down past silver beach and turn at outpost sports that goes to Lyons beach and that is free also.
Tiscornia Park – Acceptable Wind Directions: SW, W, NW, N
Directions: Tiscornia Park is just North of the St. Joseph River Channel off Upton and Marina Drives in St. Joseph. To get here from the main road (Main Street), take Main through town (North) and go over the bridge. Take the first right turn at Edgewater Drive. Turn left at the stop sign and follow the road to the next stop sign. Make a right on to Upton Drive. Proceed two blocks past the railroad tracks and take a sharp left onto Marina Drive. Follow Marina Drive to the “Yield” sign and take a left onto Ridgeway Drive. Continue straight and take a right at the Tiscornia Park entrace sign. Parking in the lot is a few bucks. West winds and WSW work really well here with the jetty blocking the waves. The rollers are fun to pop off of at the end of the jetty.
Van Buren State Park, South Haven (616) 637-2788
Directions: From Chicago: Take I90/294/80/94 around the lake. Take I94 past St. Joseph to I196 North toward Grand Rapids. Take I196 to South Haven and exit at 32nd avenue heading West. Go to the end and head North to the park.
Warren Dunes State Park, Sawyer (616) 426-4013 – One of the most popular parks in Michigan, with three miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Stay out of the swimming area or you will get a ticket. The patrol enforces this rule very strictly. There are better locations to ride than Warren Dunes only minutes away. You will be better served just avoiding this place (and the crowds).
Muskegon, Michigan area Kitesurfing
Directions: No directions yet
Excellent kiting location on Lake Michigan. It is set up similar to Michigan City with a break wall creating a harbor (with a beach). However, the beach at Muskegon in between the break walls is a city park vs. at michigan city which is a power plant. So this means FLAT water in the harbor and wave riding on the outside. Also if you look at last years wind data, Muskegon would get those southery “thermals” at 15 -20 knts almost 5 days a week.
Saugatuck, Michigan area Kitesurfing
Acceptable Wind Directions: SSW, SW, W, NW, NNW
Directions: 31 north to exit 34 (M89); left (west) at the top of the ramp, 1/2 mile to stop sign. Turn left (South), drive slowly down this narrow road and go through a little “S” turn. Continue 1 mile down the road to the public park. There is lots of parking and a staircase down to the beach. There are usually a lot of people down at the bottom of the stair, so find a spot away from the crowds to launch and land. If you’re staying overnight and want a place to stay, check:
Parks and Fields for Land Kite Boarding
Kite Flying on Land for practice and mountainboarding
There is a large field at Busse Woods (Ned Brown Preserve) Forest Preserve in Schaumburg, IL that is good for learning or riding a mountainboard. This field is also very good for kitesnowboarding, as the long grass in the other areas of the field is covered with snow, making the area a lot larger. Since in the winter the trees have no leaves, the wind is smoother, as well. On the days when there’s 3 inches of snow or more, snowmobilers are allowed to buy permits and are usually out riding and its closed to everyone else, but there are a few days when you can get on the field and make some great runs either before or after they open it up to the snowmobilers. Snowmobiling is from 10am to 10pm. Call first to the office to see if its open for snowmobiles, or not:
Snowmobiling Access: South side of Golf Road, East of I-290, Rolling Meadows, (847) 437-8330
For days when snowmobiling is allowed, we are asked to move to the lakes on the South side of the Higgins main entrance just East of I290. This does not refer to the first lake you see, but keep going straight down the park road past the first parking area and about a mile down you will hit another lake area. This is the kiting area. Acceptable winds for this area are W or NW. Anything else is a bit gusty but you can still go.
Acceptable Wind Directions for Ned Brown Preserve -Golf Road (across from Woodfield Mall near I290): S, SW, W, NW, N
Directions: From North Chicago: To get there, you would want to take I-90 to west (Rockford) to Schaumburg. Get on 290 South (it might be East to Chicago) by passing under I290 and looping around. Get off the first exit, which is Golf Road exit alongside Woodfield mall. Make a left to go under I290, then another left to go north along 290 on the East side (the field is located on the right side of the road so you can see it from here). Make a right at Golf road and take the first right into the park (about 500-1000 feet on Golf).
From downtown Chicago: Take 290 West to Schaumburg and get off at Golf Road exit. Make a right, go 1000 feet and make a right into the park.
Toronto Kitesurfing Areas
Southern Georgean Bay – Ontario
Wasaga Beach – Acceptable Wind Directions: W, NW, SW, N
Directions: From Toronto (the South)
Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada is about 1.5 hours north of Toronto (west of Bala, Muskoka and east of Collingwood). The Wasaga Beach Provincial Park Beach Area is situated at the East end of town.
Take Hwy 400 north to Barrie, exit at Bayfield St., turn left at the lights and continue west to Hwy 26. Take Hwy 26 west to Wasaga Beach. Turn onto Mosley St. east and continue for approximately 8 km to Spruce St. / Beach Area 1 (Mosley St ends at Spruce St/Beach Area 1). Turn left onto Spruce St. (before bridge), Beach Area 1 (Prov. Park) entrance is located on immediate right.
Alternate route from Barrie: Exit at Bayfield St., turn left at lights and continue west to Hwy 26 as above. Instead of following Hwy 26 west once out of Barrie, go north on Hwy 27 to Elmvale. At Elmvale turn left (west) on Hwy 92. Follow Hwy 92 into Wasaga Beach. Hwy 92 becomes River Rd. West in Wasaga. Follow River Rd. West to Main Street (branches to the right), and then follow Main Street across bridge. Take the first right after crossing bridge onto Spruce St. Beach Area 1 (Prov. Park) entrance is located on immediate right.
Driving from East & South Muskoka (Huntsville, Bracebridge, Gravenhurst): take Hwy 11 south to Barrie, exit at Bayfield Street, then turn west and continue to Hwy 26. Take Hwy 26 to Wasaga Beach. Turn onto Mosley St. east and continue for approximately 8 km to Spruce St. / Beach Area 1 (Mosley St ends at Spruce St/Beach Area 1). Turn left onto Spruce St. (before bridge), Beach Area 1 (Prov. Park) entrance is located on immediate right.
Driving from West Muskoka (Port Carling, Bala, Lake Joseph): take Hwy 400 south to Simcoe Rd. #19 (Moonstone exit). Follow #19 west to Elmvale. At lights, turn west onto Hwy 92 to Wasaga Beach. Hwy 92 becomes River Rd. West in Wasaga. Follow River Rd. West to Main Street (branches to the right), and then follow Main Street across bridge. Take the first right after crossing bridge onto Spruce St. Beach Area 1 (Prov. Park) entrance is located on immediate right.