After Thanksgiving Day Paddle


Many people have Friday off after thanksgiving so the Great Lakes Paddlers had a paddle from Proud Lake to Milford with a meal at the end.  I considered going since it’s a great group of people and it is a scenic part of the Huron River.  I chose instead for a solo paddle and a little more of a workout however.

Late November Fall Paddle

Portage Lake View

The day was a sunny and warm 58 degrees which for the end of November is a heat wave.  The water however is still chilly so that has to be taken into account for safety reasons.  I was the only boat on Portage Lake during my paddle.   I did see a jet ski earlier on the lake before I launched.   Although it was warm and sunny there was a 15 to 20 MPH wind out of the South making the only protected area on Portage Lake the North end where I entered from Little Portage.  It was fun paddling with the wind riding the waves with ease, however I had to pay the piper when I turned around to had back into the wind.  Waves were six inches to maybe a rare foot wave here or there with white caps.

Little Portage In Late November

Little Portage In Late November

I crossed the lake at the sand bar and cut across the lake finding out I needed to take a track slightly into the wind.  It was getting wet from the waves going over my bow then the water lifted by the wind.  The sun and the 58 degrees were not keeping me as warm as I expected, now thinking my paddle jacket in the storage compartment would feel good on plus some paddling gloves.  I toughed it out however with a vigorous paddle against the wind.  As I reached the protected area at the South end of the lake it was like a different lake – calm and warm, I would now be over heating with a paddle jacket on.

Everyone looks buttoned up for the winter around the lake.  The temps fall next week and the “S” word is forecast getting back to more normal temps for this time of year.

Special on blue shrink wrap

Special on blue shrink wrap

Sunday is rolling practice in the pool where its nice and warm without the waves to practice in unfortunately.  Paddling into the setting sun on the return trip.

Paddle Into The Sun

Paddle Into The Sun

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