Gun Lake

Kiteboarding / Snowkiting at Gun Lake


Gun Lake is a great location for water and snow kiteboarding. Any wind direction will work, although an east wind direction is a little more of a challenging launch. The water is relatively shallow at 4-5 feet for the majority of the lake. This allows the water to heat up rapidly in the spring and freeze over early in the winter. The water launch area, affectionately known as Goose Poop Beach, is at the end of the State Park Road just north of the picnic area. The tree line is very close to the water's edge, so try to avoid flying your kite on the beach any longer than you have to. This is also a great spot for families as there is a picnic area and swing set as well as plenty of shade and good fishing opportunities.

Things to watch out for:
On summer weekends the boat traffic can be fairly heavy. However, it's not as bad on the windy days. In winter, watch out for the snowmobiles on the ice. Be sure to keep your lines close to your kite when it is on the snow as they are hard for snowmobilers and riders to see.

Other attractions:
Yankee Springs Recreation Area

Night life:
There are a few local establishments in close proximity. However, if you are looking for clubs or fine dining, your best bet will be to travel to Kalamazoo or Grand Rapids.

Gun lake is located between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo MI.
Take US 131 to Exit 61 head East approximately 8 miles.
Veer right at the shell station on Briggs Road South.
Turn right on State Park Drive and stay straight past the boat launch to the end of the road. Here you will find the picnic area. Goose Poop Beach, a clearing with a small opening to the water, is 75 yards north.

Gun Lake Aerial Map

Useful Gun Lake links:

Weather Forecast
Graphical Forecast
Shine On Sales - Fun stuff like sail boats, pedal boats, and kayaks

More Boarding Locations

Austin Lake (snowkiting)
Black Lake (snowkiting)
Grand Haven
Little Sable Point
Oval Beach / Saugatuck
Point Betsie and Crystal Lake
Reed's Lake (snowkiting)
South Haven
St. Joseph

Map of Spots to Ride


Special thanks to Scott for the writeup on this kiteboarding location!