Where we buy our equipment.


​NOTE:  Paddles are subject to cancellation or change.   Please check the website before you leave for the latest update. 

Venice LemonBay Kayakers

Economy Tackle  / Dolphin Paddlesports

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

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.

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.

​​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 April 13st Paddle

Sunrise Park - William R Gaines Jr, Veterans Memorial Park - Port Charlotte: The Venice Lemon Bay Kayakers will have a paddle with a launch time of 9:30 am on Saturday April 13st launching from at Sunrise Park with a destination of Triple Lake.  The trip will be about 3 ½ - 4 hours in duration about 10 miles long, rated intermediate.

“Launch time of 9:30 am” 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:  Sunrise Park (William R Gaines Jr Veterans Memorial Park) is comprised of 40 acres of open space with active and passive amenities. It is contiguous to the Sunrise Waterway and adjacent to 114 acres of a State buffer that is part of the Charlotte Harbor State Reserve. PARK AMENITIES include Tennis Courts, Fishing Pier, Walking Trail, Canoe/Kayak Launch, Trash Cans, Picnic Table with Shelter and Restrooms.  The launch area is sand; parking in launch area is shell.  Parking in the Tennis Court/restroom area is blacktop.  There is NO launch or parking fee at this park.

Directions:  From the Venice area take Hwy 41 south through North Port and into Port Charlotte.  Get into the right hand lane and turn right onto Port Charlotte Blvd.  Follow Port Charlotte Blvd south for 1 mile to the stop sign at Edgewater Dr.  Turn right onto Edgewater Dr and follow it for 0.3 of a mile to the (4) intersection on your right.  This is S. Waterway Dr NW.   Turn left into William R Gaines Jr Veterans Memorial Park (Sunrise Park). (Note South Waterway drive is horseshoe shaped so you will see two intersections with the same name.  You want the second one coming from east to west.)

From Sarasota take I 75 south to Exit 191 – North River Road and follow it to Hwy 41.  Turn left onto 41 and follow the above directions.


                         
SAFETY COMES FIRST.  ALWAYS WEAR YOUR PFD!    

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​                                      Wednesday April 17th Paddle

Deer Prairie Creek Preserve: The Venice-Lemon Bay Kayakers will have a kayak trip on Wednesday April 17th  with a launch time of 9:30 am from Deer Prairie Creek Preserve.  The trip will be about 3-4 hours in duration, 6-8 miles long, is rated intermediate.  We will be launching from the 1st launch site into Deer Prairie Creek and go down river to the Myakka.

“Launch time of 9:30am” 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 table’s w/shelters/no grills, parking for kayak/canoe trailers, and handicapped accessible observation areas near the lake just upstream of the dam.  There is a Porta-Potti at the parking lot.

DIRECTIONS:  From I-75 take Exit 191, River Road.  Follow River Road approximately six miles south to its intersection with Hwy 41.  Turn left (south) on Hwy 41.  Go one mile to the crossover near the large RV storage facility on the left.  Make a u-turn at the crossover, go ¼ mile north on Hwy 41 and turn right on to the gravel road at the park entrance.  Then drive to the end of the road into the large parking lot and picnic area. 

From Venice and points north on Hwy 41.  Follow Hwy 41 south past the traffic light at River Rd. then follow the above directions.

From North Port and Port Charlotte areas.  Follow Hwy 41 north through North Port past Ortiz Blvd., then past the large RV storage facility on the right, and follow the above directions.



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                                         Saturday April 24th Paddle

Shell Creek – Hathaway Park:  The Venice-Lemon Bay Kayakers will have a kayak trip with a launch time of 9:30 am on Saturday April 24th launching from Hathaway Park (north east of Punta Gorda) with a destination of paddling down the scenic Shell Creek to the dam and return.  The trip will be 3 ½ to 4 hours in duration, 8 ½ to 9 miles long, rated as intermediate.    

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

Facilities: The Park has restrooms, picnic tables, and trashcans.

Directions:  Going south on I-75.  At Punta Gorda, take Exit 164 and go northeast on Hwy. 17 toward Acadia. Go about 4.2 miles and look right for the Royal Thai Restaurant, go just beyond a large yellowish “Shell Creek Park” billboard and turn right onto Washington Loop Road which is also marked as CR 764. Go about 4.5 miles and watch for the Shell Creek Mobile Home Park on the left; just beyond that on the left is the entrance to Hathaway Park.  The first left goes to the boat ramp.   The second left takes you to the paddle craft site  If driving south on Hwy 41 cross the Peace River into Punta Gorda and get into the left hand lane.  Turn left on Olympia Ave (which is Hwy 17) and follow it east under I 75, through Cleveland, to your turn onto Washington Loop Rd.

                         
SAFETY COMES FIRST. ALWAYS WEAR YOUR PFD!

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