Spring/Fall Lake Michigan
Posted by: jdaviped on Mar-31-14 1:34 PM (EST) Category: unassigned
I'm wondering whether I should invest in a semi-dry long sleeve top for April/May and September/October kayaking on Lake Michigan. The likelihood of going for a swim is remote, as I paddle an inflatable Advanced Elements Expedition, which seems impossible to tip absent seriously wavy conditions. Therefore, I wonder if a long-sleeve is overkill. The price differential between a long-sleeve and a short-sleeve is significant.
Does anyone in this forum paddle Lake Michigan in the spring and fall, and if so do you have any recommendations regarding a top?
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Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-31-14 1:39 PM (EST)
after looking at this table.
Posted by: jdaviped on Mar-31-14 1:54 PM (EST)
I generally paddle no more than 30 yards from shore. So I guess the question is whether uncovered forearms is unacceptably risky in the event of a swim. (I will be wearing dry pants, dry boots, and dry gloves.) What I want to prevent is overheating while paddling.
Dry pants aren't dry in a swim|
Posted by: Celia on Mar-31-14 4:58 PM (EST)
Just a quick check - are you under the impression that the dry pants will keep you dry just in the boat, or in the event of a swim? The latter isn't true.
Posted by: jdaviped on Mar-31-14 5:02 PM (EST)
My aim is to repel splash water.
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Posted by: seadart on Mar-31-14 7:11 PM (EST)
Look for Keith Wikle who posts on this site under "Wikle". He can give you good information about lake temps on lake Michigan and suggest what you should wear and suggest instruction events you should consider.
I know you asked about clothing|
Posted by: Dr_Disco on Mar-31-14 9:25 PM (EST)
but you should not assume that your inflatable provides you protection against all hazards. That is especially true for wind. Get a decent boat and take lessons.
Depends on where you are|
Posted by: mobrien on Apr-01-14 1:11 AM (EST)
I'm on the Chicago side. Wind patterns here generally blow warmer water out in the the Lake, and because of that, water temps in a typical May/June frame will be 55-65 degrees. With the amount of ice on the Lake this winter, I suspect the spring water will be quite a bit colder.
Posted by: jdaviped on Apr-01-14 2:03 AM (EST)
The rule is dress for the water|
Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-01-14 7:39 AM (EST)
What everyone is telling you. But you're not listening..
You should assume...|
Posted by: ByronWalter on Apr-01-14 6:47 PM (EST)
...that you could end up in the water for longer than you might expect and dress with that in mind. A couple of years ago three guys in a fishing boat ended up in the water at a local lake. The water temp was just over 40 degrees and they were about one hundred feet from shore.
Posted by: steveey on Apr-01-14 10:30 AM (EST)
If your concerns are cost and overheating in regards to having a long sleeve semidry; you could look to buy used to reduce your cost and as was already suggested it is easy to cool yourself off.
Air temp/water temp in spring |
Posted by: gingernc on Apr-05-14 2:49 PM (EST)
What if you get caught in the rain?|
Posted by: Celia on Apr-05-14 2:54 PM (EST)
test your theory and submerge yourself |
Posted by: Karynlee on Apr-05-14 5:21 PM (EST)
Some times the best answer is your own discovery. Why not go in the water, submerge, then sit up to your shoulders with your feet planted on the bottom and your best friend on shore. After ten minutes, try using your radio to call for help. Try swimming or re-entering your boat. Let us know what you find out. Be safe...always safe.
The latest report is that Lake Michigan |
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-06-14 12:06 AM (EST)
is never going to thaw again.
Posted by: Celia on Apr-06-14 7:31 AM (EST)
Below freezing here last night still. The late-moving-on hawks are having some fine dining on also-slow-migrating songbirds. No good reason for any of them to head further north.