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  Posted by: kayamedic on Sep-25-12 4:45 PM (EST)

but have paddled the Puk coast twice and also the length of Lake Superior Provincial Park.

You say you will only kayak in good weather. I suspect you are not familiar with how fast the weather can turn in that area. The wind can go from five to thirty miles an hour in ten minutes. You need a boat that fits you and have some experience in high winds with breaking seas.

Often the wind comes up around noon and wreaks havoc in the afternoon and does not calm down till dark. For that reason you should plot each day carefully and have bail out points. Some places like Point Isacor are sheer cliffs that you might not want to pass when the waves are up with rebounds. You are familiar with clapotis and reflecting waves? They sometimes prevent you from staying right along the shore.

You might consider talking to David Wells at Naturally Superior Adventures. He does guided kayaking trips and it is a good way to be safe and drastically improve your kayak skills.

Because Superior is deep and ocean like with steep shorelines the ability to surf land and launch is a must.

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