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Kayaking to South Manitou Island | by cedarkayak
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Kayaking to South Manitou Island

After building my kayak, I realized my dream of paddling from Glen Haven to South Manitou Island (Lk Michigan) The crossing from Glen Haven takes about 2 hours and 15 minutes (a little faster if you cheat with a sail.....thanks for sewing the sail Mom! ).


The crown jewel of South Manitou island is an abandoned lighthouse. On the day of our crossing, the tall, white tower was visible from the mainland. This made navigation easy.


Distance: 7.8 miles

Compass Heading: 340 degrees (Glen Haven to Lighthouse)

Lighthouse GPS coordinates: N45d 0.447m, W86d 5.624m


Here is a useful link for finding weather conditions. Buoy 45002 is the closest to the Manitou Islands.


Here is a useful link for the Lake Michigan Offshore Weather Synopsis.






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Caution: severe conditions, and very cold water are likely during this crossing. I wanted to try this as a beginning paddler, but I thank God that I did not.


Feel free to shoot me an email if you have any questions about paddling to the island.

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Taken on March 7, 2008