A friend and myself spent 7 hours on the Huron this last weekend in sea kayaks. We paddled 5 miles against the river current and 10 miles with the current. The section of the river was from Kent Lake Dam to Placeway Picnic Area in the Island Lake State Park.
Saturday’s weather was windy and cold, the top decks of the kayaks became icicles during the paddle. I was struggling to keep one hand warm and for it not to lose feeling. I was trying out a new drysuit and discovered the arm seal was so tight it was limiting circulation to my right hand. The suit was just not sized for me, I needed the next size up but did not realize this until I put on enough layers for the cold. The two hours paddling up the river against the current with the equipment issues for me, made it a long paddle, the return 1.5 hour paddle with the current was more fun. However by the time we returned to the put in point we were both cold and had a little trouble getting ourselves out of the kayaks.
On Sunday was the annual Huron River winter paddle for the local environmental group using canoes and kayaks with 12 brave souls, getting off the couch and braving the elements to enjoy the river in the winter. Saturday was cold and windy, Sunday was warmer and sunny a perfect day for the paddle. The current however was much less on Sunday than Saturday which made for a safer paddle for all who attended. Hot chocolate, hot coffee and cookies were ready for us at the take out point.
Bottom line, you can get out and start kayaking even in the winter. Enjoy the water, wildlife, and the great outdoors.