The Safest Weather For Wind Speed Kayaking

The Safest Weather For Wind Speed Kayaking

Abigail ScottByAbigail Scott
Updated on 8/13/2022

We start to worry about the weather to the same extent as Al Roker during the summer months. Throughout the day, we keep a close eye on the temperature, the wind speed, the direction of the wind, and any approaching storms. Why? When our clients return from their excursions on paddle boards and kayaks, it makes us incredibly glad to see that they had a great time (especially repeatedly). To perform wind speed kayaking safely.

On the other hand, there are periods when our kayak rentals may close earlier than usual, or tours may be rerouted to a lake more inland. Door County is under the control of Mother Nature, unfortunately. During the summer, she might bestow cloudless skies, mild temperatures, and gentle breezes upon us. Alternately, she could get irritable and belligerent, causing the water to become choppy.

If you are interested in renting a kayak for an hour or two, going on a tour, or paddling on your own, we will discuss with you the things that we keep an eye out for to guarantee that you have a safe experience.

The Temperature Of The Water

Because of the later onset of summer and the vast volume of water in both Lake Michigan and the Bay of Green Bay, these bodies of water need some time to reach their average swimming temperatures. Despite the warmer temperatures, hypothermia can still strike. Before putting our rental fleet into operation in Sturgeon Bay, Ephraim, and Sister Bay throughout June, we ensure to check the water temperature in those locations.

During June, the average temperature of the water is somewhere between the 40s and 50s. If you are out paddling by yourself and your kayak rolls over and you cannot get back in, your body temperature may drop so quickly that you become unconscious in as little as thirty to sixty minutes. Your ability to breathe, your level of bewilderment, and your blood pressure will all be impacted by cold shock. The dangers of cold shock and hypothermia take longer to manifest themselves during July and August since the water temperature rises to more tolerable levels in the 60s.

The Winds And The Waves

Unless you genuinely want to return to where you came from, we don't like to send you over to our neighbors in Michigan. Every day, we keep a close eye on the winds to determine both their speed and their direction. Kayaking is considered safe in winds of any order as long as the wind speed is less than 10 knots (approximately 11.5 mph).

An offshore breeze makes it particularly challenging to paddle back, especially when on a paddle board. The wind can be deceiving. When the wind is blowing at a low pace, and the water is calm, paddle boarding is a lot of fun, but it may be dangerous, and the water can get very wet.

Even when the wind speed is within the acceptable range, we continue to monitor the waves since gusts can cause the water to become more choppy. The members of our team will advise you on how you should begin paddling so that you can have the wind at your back when you are more exhausted at the end of your paddle. Kayakers with less expertise should err on the side of caution and keep close to the beach when the wind speed is getting close to 12 knots.

Door County is known for having favourable wind conditions for paddling.

The wind and the waves

When winds reach speeds ranging from 12 to 14 knots (14 to 16 mph), the direction in which the wind is blowing can make a significant difference. Paddling becomes more challenging when there are large waves, and your kayak could flip over. The following is a list of the wind directions that are most favourable for each of our locations:

  • Winds from the south, southeast, and southwest can be expected at Sturgeon Bay (Long-Term and Walk-Up Hourly Rentals)
  • Ephraim (Walk-Up Hourly Rentals and Tours) — North and North easterly winds
  • Wind direction from the south and southwest at Sister Bay (Long-Term and Hourly Rentals)
  • Winds from the north and northwest at Lakeside Tours in Jackson port (Jackson port)
  • When the wind speed is 15 knots or higher, or higher, we do not advocate venturing out on the water in a kayak.

More wind results in a more significant number of waves. Looking at the sea can provide valuable information on whether or not you should set sail. When in doubt, visit one of the many inland lakes in Door County or tour the area's wetlands. When you kayak on the inland waterways of Door County, you get more protection from the wind and paddle through warmer water because it has shorter depths. You will also be able to appreciate the natural beauty of the unaltered woods and marshes, which is something that is rarely seen by other people.

Put On Your Personal (PFD)


We supply a personal flotation device with every rental and tour we offer (PFD). No matter how hot or bright the sun is blazing, we require all paddlers to have one on at all times while they are on the water. Your life jacket should be worn to fit comfortably but not too tightly. Every life jacket we sell has been inspected and authorized by the Coast Guard. If you do manage to fall into the water, you are going to get wet. In addition, you will be able to float with your head held above the water.

Use these weather planning pearls of wisdom to organize your upcoming paddle, take the family on a rental, or schedule a tour. If you are in Door County and are seeking the finest site to go out for a paddle or time on a specific day, feel free to call us at either of our two Bay Shore Outfitters stores. We will be happy to help you find the perfect spot. The number to reach our Sister Bay location is (920) 854-7598, and the number to get our Sturgeon Bay location is (920) 818-0431. Our staff members will be able to direct you to the most appropriate place to travel to ensure that your wind speed kayaking is both risk-free and a memorable experience.