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  For lake paddling
  Posted by: Waterbird on Oct-20-12 12:06 PM (EST)

I paddle until the lakes freeze, often on January 1. My system:

-- Mukluks
-- At least 2 pairs of gloves, often 3, in case one gets wet
-- No long open-water crossings. Distance from shore proportional to air and water temperature.
-- Emergency kit with shelter, fire, etc.
-- Go out on calm days
-- Choose best route to be out of wind and waves
-- Don't take any unnecessary chances
-- Extra clothing

I don't use a wet or dry suit, so I'm a shore hugger in the late fall/early winter. Typically literally within 20' of shore. Yesterday returning from kayak camping there was a strong wind. I chose a route that was three times longer rather than make an open-water crossing.

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