Continent
North America
Country
Ohio (USA)
Next Big City
Columbus
Next Town
Lewis Center
 
Type:
Lake
Rider Ability:
Intermediate, Expert
Features:
Parking

Water

Type:
Shallow, Flat, Chop
Hazards:
Ships, Jetskis
Quality:
Cloudy
Best Tide:
Tide independent

In the fall and spring the park service allows the water level to drop. This makes it possible to stand far from the trees in knee deep water. During the summer, the water is deeper and it is barely possible to touch ground one kite line length from shore. When there are not many boats the water is flat and smooth (unless it blows more than 15 knots). White caps are rare most days, but show up on stronger days. During the summer it is a zoo (boats, jet skis, etc), stay away for your own sanity.

Beach

Type:
Grass, Sand
Size:
Small
Hazards:
Trees
Beach Users:
July, August

The Rocky Dam runs the S end across the lake and is about 30 feet above the water level. It is possible to walk along the top (nice wide grass path) of the dam if you end up blown downwind, but it takes forever.

Weather

Spring:
Normal
Summer:
Shorts
Fall:
Normal
Winter:
Thick

Nice and warm during summer. Rest of the year a wetsuit is needed.

Wind

Best Months:
No information
Wind Type:
Frontal
Best Direction:
W
Main Direction:
No information

This beach is best with West winds. We often ride big gear. When it nukes use a smaller kite and a medium board. Watch out for the trees, they are everywhere, especially on the West launch. West winds should only be attempted by kiteboarders who can hold their ground or go upwind. Any wind direction can be kited, depending on your level of skill. Storm fronts mostly. Once in a while we get a nice strong steady day in the fall and spring. Usually from the NW or SW, although an occasional NE or SE is the best for riding the beach area. North winds can create a lot of chop as there is 3 miles of fetch coming down the center of the main lake. The wind tunnel affect can also be felt as you pass Kite Point.



How to get there

Transport
Car
Access
Short walk

Interstate 71 to Polaris exit. Africa Rd takes you to the SE point of the lake.

Extra information

Rules
Zones, License

Check with the Alum Creek Park Office about obtaining a special event permit before you intend to go. It can take them several days to a week sometimes. Launch and land in the Boater swim areas or on the West side of the lake or at Kite Point. Stay far away from the dam opening in the southwest tip of the lake.

Nightlife

Usually Columbus stuff. Clubs, bars, movies, concerts sometimes, and sporting events.

Continent
North America
Country
Ohio (USA)
Next Big City
Columbus
Next Town
Lewis Center
 
Type:
Lake
Rider Ability:
Intermediate, Expert
Features:
Parking

Water

Type:
Shallow, Flat, Chop
Hazards:
Ships, Jetskis
Quality:
Cloudy
Best Tide:
Tide independent

In the fall and spring the park service allows the water level to drop. This makes it possible to stand far from the trees in knee deep water. During the summer, the water is deeper and it is barely possible to touch ground one kite line length from shore. When there are not many boats the water is flat and smooth (unless it blows more than 15 knots). White caps are rare most days, but show up on stronger days. During the summer it is a zoo (boats, jet skis, etc), stay away for your own sanity.

Beach

Type:
Grass, Sand
Size:
Small
Hazards:
Trees
Beach Users:
July, August

The Rocky Dam runs the S end across the lake and is about 30 feet above the water level. It is possible to walk along the top (nice wide grass path) of the dam if you end up blown downwind, but it takes forever.

Weather

Spring:
Normal
Summer:
Shorts
Fall:
Normal
Winter:
Thick

Nice and warm during summer. Rest of the year a wetsuit is needed.

Wind

Best Months:
No information
Wind Type:
Frontal
Best Direction:
W
Main Direction:
No information

This beach is best with West winds. We often ride big gear. When it nukes use a smaller kite and a medium board. Watch out for the trees, they are everywhere, especially on the West launch. West winds should only be attempted by kiteboarders who can hold their ground or go upwind. Any wind direction can be kited, depending on your level of skill. Storm fronts mostly. Once in a while we get a nice strong steady day in the fall and spring. Usually from the NW or SW, although an occasional NE or SE is the best for riding the beach area. North winds can create a lot of chop as there is 3 miles of fetch coming down the center of the main lake. The wind tunnel affect can also be felt as you pass Kite Point.



How to get there

Transport
Car
Access
Short walk

Interstate 71 to Polaris exit. Africa Rd takes you to the SE point of the lake.

Extra information

Rules
Zones, License

Check with the Alum Creek Park Office about obtaining a special event permit before you intend to go. It can take them several days to a week sometimes. Launch and land in the Boater swim areas or on the West side of the lake or at Kite Point. Stay far away from the dam opening in the southwest tip of the lake.

Nightlife

Usually Columbus stuff. Clubs, bars, movies, concerts sometimes, and sporting events.