If you like to practice paddling in conditions. There aren’t a lot of spots in South Western Ontario that you can launch into a calm area and paddle into the waves. Probably the best example of this is the Mouth of the Grand River in Port Maitland. If you have a wind heading from the West to the East, the mouth of the Grand River lines up with a very long fetch line across the lake. This makes for some spectacular conditions at times, ranging from rolling surf waves all the way to massive crashing carnage into the weirs and jetties (more on that later).
I try to use my head and judge the best way to paddle when I launch here. As I said this is one of my favourite spots to practice in conditions, so if they aren’t above my comfort level, we head out to the open water of Lake Erie.
Trip Length: Depending on the activities for the day, whether it be practicing paddling in the waves or surfing into the beach, the route for this location changes. The route below is the trip that handrails the coastline to look at the interesting rock formations along the shores of Rock Lake Provincial Park and returns around Mohawk Island. Of note, public access is prohibited from April 1 to July 31 every year to protect migratory birds during nesting.
The two yellow dots are reasonably decent surfing beaches.
Cost: There is no costs associated with this trip. Parking is free and there is washrooms on site in the summer months.
I very much do not recommend doing this trip alone or without the proper instruction. It can be quite dangerous.