- Like Calhoun, White Bear provides
good sailing at a convenient location. Just NE of the cities, the lake provides
sailing on most directions and has quite a local sailing community. Milfoil
does pose a problem at times, but they do their best to keep it under control.
White Bear Lake offers great kiting for the more experienced
kiter, though gets quite crowded in the summer especially on the weekends.
While Ramsey has a great rigging area and some shallow water, it only gets
clean wind on a SE which is directly onshore. The concrete retaining wall,
metal signs, swimmers, and congestion makes RAMSEY IS AN EXPERT ONLY LAUNCH.
Bellaire does get sideshore winds on a East or West wind, though the docks
and congestion pose significant risks. Mahtomedi is just too small and full
of beach goers to be a safe launch for any kiter in the summer. If you are
less experienced, choose another lake to develop your skills like Lake Washington
or Mille Lacs. These lakes offer much safer launches and large shallow areas.
If WBL is convenient for you, once experienced you'll be able to enjoy all
this lake has to offer.
White Bear is a great lake to ride in the winter. All the launches are available.
Choose the launch that will provide the longest upwind fetch or the best sideshore
- Ramsey Beach: On the northshore,
Ramsey Beach is one of the best rigging areas around. The park is well
maintained and great place to spend the day with the family. Work your
way up wind on a South wind and you'll be rewarded by a stronger flow
through the channel.
- Mahtomedi...Eastern side.
Just west of the town of Mahtomedi, this small park is only open to sailors
in the spring and fall.
- Bellaire...Southside. This
site can be sailed from many wind directions. Work your way up wind on
a north wind and the funnel from the two peninsulas turbo charges the
- How to
- Ramsey- Take 61 to 96 east. Look
for Ramsey County Beach on your right.
- Mahtomedi.- Take Juniper west
off of Mahtomedi Ave in Mahtomedi. Zig zag to the lake.
- Bellaire- Take 61 to White Bear
Ave. Turn East and follow it to South Shore Bvd. Turn left. Follow South Shore
Bvd around the south side of the lake till you see the park on your left.