what we have done in the past reflects living in the northeast. By middle of winter water can be in the high 30's, where it isn't frozen, air 30's to teens.
Drysuit, hood/wool cap, warmer gloves, I also usually switch to my thicker mukluks for footwear. Paddle with company. Stay on top of where launch points or stretches of quieter water are/are not blocked by ice.
Always carry cag (or two) in day hatch, jug of hot beverage, soup rather tan sandwiches for lunch, more chocolate or equivalent sugar shock.
Paddle from spots that leave you as close as possible to a good place for food and hot toddy when you get off the water. Like just up the street from the launch.
(We live inland, so we aren't on the salty stuff when the snow flies.)
YakCatcher Rod Holder
Rescue / Throw Bags
Classic Freestanding Rack
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