Economy Tackle  / Dolphin Paddlesports

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

Venice LemonBay Kayakers


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

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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.

​​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.

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.

                      

                Snook Haven - Saturday February 4th Paddle

Snook Haven County Park Boat Ramp - The Venice-Lemon Bay Kayakers will have a kayak trip with a launch time of 9:30 am on Saturday February 4th, at the Snook Haven County Park Boat Ramp east of Venice with a destination of paddling down the Myakka River and return. This trip will be about 3-4 hours in duration, 7-8 miles long, rated intermediate.

“Launch time of 9:30 am,” 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: The Snook Haven launch area is a boat ramp; parking is sand, grass and gravel.  There are restrooms, picnic tables and a restaurant.

Directions:  From I-75 Exit 191, go south on River Road to Venice Avenue. Turn left at the light onto Venice Ave, a dirt road leading to Snook Haven Restaurant, and follow it until you see the “Boat Ramp” sign on the left and Camp Venice Retreat on the right.

From Hwy. 41 in South Venice turn north at the traffic light onto River Road and go about 4.5 miles to Venice Ave, a dirt road leading to Snook Haven Restaurant, and follow it until you see the “Boat Ramp” sign on the left and Camp Venice Retreat on the right.

From Hwy. 41 in “central” Venice go east about six miles on Venice Ave and continue straight at the traffic light crossing River Rd onto the dirt road leading to Snook Haven Restaurant, and follow it until you see the “Boat Ramp” sign on the left and Camp Venice Retreat on the right.

                        THINK SAFETY FIRST. ALWAYS WEAR YOUR PFD!


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                Shell Creek -  Wednesday February 8th  paddle

Shell Creek – Hathaway Park: 
The Venice-Lemon Bay Kayakers will have a kayak trip with a launch time of 9:30 am on Wednesday February 8th 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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​                     Oyster Creek – Saturday February 11th Paddle

Oyster Creek Regional Park: The Venice-Lemon Bay Kayakers will have a kayak trip with a launch time of 9:30 am on Saturday February 11th launching from the Charlotte County Oyster Creek Regional Park Canoe/Kayak launch area with a destination of Stump Pass and waters in the area.  The trip will be about 3 ½ hours in duration, 7 - 8 miles long, is 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 kayak and preparing for the trip.

Facilities:  The launch area is shell and sand; parking for over 20 vehicles is shell and rock.  There is a Port-a-Potty at this launch site.  There are restroom facilities across 775 at Cedar Point Environmental Park.

Directions:   From the north, go south on SR 776 in Englewood to the intersection with SR 775; turn right (south) toward Placida and continue south. The unnamed road entrance to the launch site is directly across from the entrance to the Cedar Point Environmental Park and shortly after Lemon Bay High School.  Turn left crossing the 4-lane road into Oyster Creek Kayak launch area. The road is blacktop for a short distance than turns to crushed shell and rock. From the south, go north on SR 775.  The (abandon) Blue Lagoon Restaurant on the south side of Oyster Creek.  The launch area is on the north side of Oyster Creek.  Cross over the bridge (Oyster Creek), and turn right immediately after the guardrails end. If you pass Lemon Bay High School you’ve gone too far. Follow the shell road to the right and you will enter the parking/unloading area with a short walk to Oyster Creek launch area.

              SAFETY COMES FIRST. ALWAYS WEAR YOUR PFD.