Venice LemonBay Kayakers

All kayaks and kayakers must observe all State and Federal Regulations regarding safety and navigation rules.  This includes carrying a CG approved PFD that is "readily accessible" (not inside a hatch or under your seat) and an effective sound producing device such as a whistle or horn.

Where we buy our equipment.

Economy Tackle  / Dolphin Paddlesports

6018 S. Tamiami Tr. Sarasota, FL. 34231.
941-922-9671
www.economytackle.com
www.floridakayak.com

On any trip extending past official sunset all kayaks must carry a White light that is visible for at least one mile or be equipped with approved  Red,  Green  and  White navigation lights.

​Saturday January 18th Paddle

Telegraph Creek:  The Venice Lemon Bay Kayakers will have a kayak trip with a launch time of 9:30am on, Saturday January 18th launching from the WP Franklin Lock South Recreation Area on the Caloosahatchee River just east of Fort Myers.  The destination is west on the Caloosahatchee for a short distance then into Telegraph Creek.  The trip will be about 4 hours in duration, 6 to 9 miles long, depending on how far you paddle up Telegraph Creek, rated intermediate.

“Launch time of 9:30am” means you are in the water and ready to paddle.  Please allow ample time for travel, unloading your kayaks and preparing for the trip.

Facilities:  Located on the south side of the Caloosahatchee River section of the Okeechobee Waterway, W.P. Franklin Lock Recreation Area has a tropical atmosphere that provides an excellent setting for visitors to swim, fish, picnic, boat, or enjoy hours of quiet contemplation. Visitors can view manatees, abundant bird life, and watch boats locking.

Directions From the Venice area take I-75 south to exit 141 State Road 80 (Palm Beach Blvd).  Turn left onto State Road 80 east for about 7½ miles.  Look for and follow the large brown WP Franklin Lock sign on Hwy 80 for the left turn onto Old Olga Rd (this will be the second Old Olga Rd intersection you will see) then follow the brown signs leading you into the Franklin Lock Recreation Area.  Drive straight ahead into the “Observation Area” parking.  Do not turn left into the “Beach or Boat ramp” area.  This launch site is 6 miles farther down Hwy 80 than “Manatee Park Orange River” we have paddled several times.

SAFETY COMES FIRST.  ALWAYS WEAR YOUR PFD!


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Wednesday January 22nd Paddle & Monthly Scheduling Meeting

Blackburn Point Road:  The Venice Lemon Bay Kayakers will have a kayak trip with a launch time of 9:30 am on Wednesday, January 22nd, launching from Blackburn Point Road (Last left going west before crossing the ICW bridge) to ICW and area. This trip will be about 3 hours in duration, 5 to 6 miles long, is rated intermediate.

Following the paddle, we will have our February paddle-scheduling meeting.  Bring the beverage of your choice and a dish to pass.

Launch time of 9:30am:  This means that you are in the water and ready to paddle.  Please allow ample time for travel, unloading your kayaks and preparing for the trip.

Facilities:   There are picnic tables, trashcans, BBQ grills, and restrooms at the adjacent boat ramp park about 200 yards away. 

Directions:  From Hwy 41 in Osprey turn west onto Blackburn Point Rd. and continue to the bridge.  Turn left before crossing the bridge and park on the south side of the road in the sandy area.

SAFETY COMES FIRST.  ALWAYS WEAR YOUR PFD!


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Saturday January 25st Paddle

Prairie Creek to Shell Creek- Hathaway Park: The Kayakers of Venice-Lemon Bay will have a kayak trip with a launch time of 9:30 a.m. on Saturday January 25st, launching into Prairie Creek off Washington Loop Road northeast of Punta Gorda.  This will be a one- way shuttle trip with take-out will be at Hathaway Park on Shell Creek.  This trip will be about 3-4 hours in duration, 9 miles long, rated intermediate.

Please arrive at Prairie Creek launch no later than 9:00 to allow us time to shuttle cars down to Hathaway Park.

"Launch time of 9:30 a.m." means that you are in the water and ready to paddle.  Please allow ample time for travel, unloading your kayaks, and preparing for the trip.

Facilities:  Prairie Creek parking is limited and sand along a fence line and the shoulder of the road.  There are no facilities at the launch point but are available at the nearby Hathaway Park.  The launch ramp a mix of concrete and mud with a quick drop off. Only one kayak can launch at a time.

Directions: Going south on I 75, take Exit 164 and go northeast on Hwy 17, toward Arcadia. Go about 4.5 miles and look right for the Royal Thai Restaurant (Green building), directly after the restaurant turn right onto Washington Loop Road which is also marked as CR 764. Go about 5 miles and watch on the left for the entrance to Hathaway Park where you can use the facilities if you need to. Drive beyond Hathaway Park approximately 1.75 miles and note the white highway sign "Prairie Creek" on the first bridge. Parking is on the right side of the road before reaching the bridge. Parking is very limited, slanted grass and sand area.

SAFETY COMES FIRST. ALWAYS WEAR YOUR PFD.


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All trips have a Launch Time of 9:30am. unless shown otherwise in the trip details.

"Launch Time" means you are in the water and ready to paddle.  Please allow sufficient time for travel, unloading equipment and preparing for the trip.