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Zion Surf Guide

Zion in Lake Michigan is an exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf Offshore winds blow from the southwest. Short period wind swells are the rule and the ideal wave angle is from the north. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Rocks are a hazard.

Zion Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
6.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Zion:

The best conditions reported for surf at Zion occur when a North swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

Explore Zion Location Map

Interactive Zion surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Zion is Waukegan Rgnl (Chicago) Airport (UGN) in USA, 23 km (14 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Zion is General Mitchell International (Milwaukee) Airport (MKE), also in USA, 37 km (23 miles) away.

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Zion Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
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Swell History at Zion

Surf stats for Zion, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Zion

Wind stats for Zion, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Zion Reviews:

Interactive Porthcawl Point location map. View nearby buoy information, live wind conditions and surrounding roads, paths and locations to help find new breaks. Click the buoys or wind icon to view more information.

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Surfdeep from United States
“Six good breaks within a 5-mile drive. This classic surf area was first ridden in the very early sixties by Zion's "DUNES BEACH SURF CLUB". Points, coves, bays, and even a reef, groom north swells. The Cove is a protected spot that has a gradual sandy beach good for beginners. Balls Reef breaks only on the biggest swells of the year. Other spots include Logan, The Lodge, Pookie's, The Cape, and Juicy Hole. Can be ridden most of the year, best from mid-summer to late autumn.”

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    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    Reliability: inconsistent
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