CRYSTAL LAKE SUP 6 mile/3mile/1.5 mile CHALLENGE
Come paddle on one of the most pristine lakes in Michigan… there is a reason it is called Crystal Lake. The days events will start with the Crystal Lake SUP Challenge which will consist of an Elite 6 mile(2 LAPS)/ 3 mile(1 LAP) recreational and Junior Rec (13-16) 3 mile (1 LAP) and a FREE kids(age 7-12, kids must register) 1.5 mile(1/2 LAP) Diamond Configuration Buoy Race. Children can do either the Junior Rec or the kids race, not both. All races are held under WPA rules and will have an Open Water Start and Finish. All Racers must have a leash on their board to participate.
Crystal Lake, the largest lake of this name in Michigan, is located near Lake Michigan in Benzie County about 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Traverse City and about 2 miles (3 km) northeast of Frankfort at 44°39′N 86°09′W. It measures approximately 2.5 by 8 miles (4 by 13 km), and has a maximum depth of 165 feet (50 m). At 9,854 acres (40 km2), it is Michigan’s ninth largest inland lake. Up to and through the American Civil War years Crystal Lake was known as “Cap Lake” due to the frequent whitecaps visible on its surface. Crystal Lake is adjacent to the southern reaches of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Crystal Lake is surrounded by sandy beaches due to an attempt in 1873 to connect Crystal Lake and Lake Michigan via a channel. The lake level of Crystal Lake was higher than the level of Lake Michigan and when the channel was open, the water level in Crystal Lake dropped. Although the project was a failure, the lowering of the lake level uncovered sandy beaches, including the current public beach at Beulah. The watershed that feeds Crystal Lake is very small, and fertilizer and sewage outflows are minimal, leading to the exceptionally clear and beautiful water that gives it its current name. The surface area of the lake is 35% of the total area of the watershed (land and water combined).
LAKE MICHIGAN DOWNWIND DUEL
LAKE MICHIGAN 4.6 mile DOWNWIND DUEL
Come paddle off the shores of one of the most scenic areas of Lake Michigan, voted the “Most Beautiful place in America” by Good Morning America.
The Downwind Duel 4.6 mile paddle will start at Point Betsie Lighthouse beach and finish on the Frankfort Beach (or Frankfort to Point Betsie depending on the wind).This race will have a Beach Start and Finish.
Exceptions may be made for younger racers on an individual basis. Please email race organizer for information
All Racers must have a leash and PFD on board to participate.
Lake Michigan is the only one of the Great Lakes wholly within the borders of the United States; the others are shared with Canada. It has a surface area of 22,400 square miles (58,000 km2), making it the largest lake entirely within one country by surface area (Lake Baikal, in Russia, is larger by water volume), and the fifth largest lake in the world. It is 307 miles (494 km) long by 118 miles (190 km) wide with a shoreline 1,640 miles (2,640 km) long. The lake’s average depth is 46 fathoms 3 feet (279 ft; 85 m), while its greatest depth is 153 fathoms 5 feet (923 ft; 281 m). It contains a volume of 1,180 cubic miles (4,918 km³) of water. Hydrologically it forms a single body of water with Lake Huron, the whole being called Lake Michigan–Huron; the two sides are connected through the Straits of Mackinac and share an average surface elevation of 577 feet (176 m).