Venice LemonBay Kayakers

Saturday December 15th. Paddle

The Venice-Lemon Bay Kayakers will have a kayak trip with a launch time of 9:30am on Saturday December 15th. launching from the 19th street landing on Boca Grande with a destination of waters in the area. This paddle will be about 3 hours in duration, 7 miles long, rated intermediate.

"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: The 19th Street is a paddle craft launch area with no facilities.

Directions: Drive to Placida via SR 776 south out of Englewood or southwest on SR 771 from the El Jobean and East Rotonda areas. At a traffic light, turn west over a causeway toward Gasparilla Island and Boca Grande; there is a $6.00 toll to cross the causeway, and an additional toll for a trailer. From the toll point follow Gasparilla Rd. to 18th St., turn left (east), cross a bicycle path and on to East Railroad Ave., turn left (north) for one block and turn right (east) onto 19th St. This is a sandy dead end street on the ICW; there is no fee to park.

SAFETY COMES FIRST. ALWAYS WEAR YOUR PFD!

Wednesday December 26th. Paddle

The Venice Lemon Bay Kayakers will have a kayak trip with a launch time of 9:30am on Wednesday December 26th, launching from the North Port Marina Ramp in North Port, with a destination of The Myakkahatchee Waterway, Myakka River and waters in the area. The trip will be 3 hours in duration, 7 miles long, rated intermediate.


“Launch time of 9:30am” 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 Park has a concrete ramp, a gazebo with picnic tables, trashcans, and a BBQ grill. The parking area is asphalt with additional grassy area parking. There are no rest rooms.

Directions: If you are coming from the north take Hwy. 41 in North Port and turn west at the traffic light at the Biscayne Plaza Shopping Center on to Biscayne Drive and go 0.6 miles over a canal and turn right on to Branch Terrace. Go 100 feet and turn right on to Kenwood Drive for 0.6 miles and the Park will be on the right. If coming from the south take Hwy 41 to the Traffic lights at 41 and Cornelius and turn left. Immediately after your turn take the first right onto Chancellor Blvd. and follow it to the intersection of Chancellor and Kenwood. The Park will be on your right.

SAFETY COMES FIRST. ALWAYS WEAR YOUR PFD

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Wednesday December 19th. Paddle

The Venice-Lemon Bay Kayakers will have a kayak trip with a launch time of 9:30am. on Wednesday December 19th, launching from the North Jetty in Nokomis to Roberts Bay, Curry Creek and return.  This trip will be about 3 hours in duration, 6 miles long, rated as intermediate.

Following the paddle we will hold our end of month planning meeting for our January paddling schedule
and our Xmas Party/Cookout. Bring the beverage of your choice and a dish to share but please contact Val St.John to let her know what dish you are bringing.

“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:  The parking area is sandy; there are picnic tables, trashcans and restrooms nearby.

Directions:  From Hwy. 41 in Nokomis, go west on Albee Rd., cross the ICW bridge to Casey Key Rd, turn left (south) and continue south until reaching the North Jetty Fish Camp, turn left (east) to a sandy launch area on the ICW.

SAFETY COMES FIRST.  ALWAYS WEAR YOUR PFD!

SEE BULLETIN BOARD PAGE FOR KAYAKS AND EQUIPMENT FOR SALE

Saturday December 29th. Paddle

The Venice Lemon Bay Kayakers will have a paddle with a launch time of 9:30am on Saturday December 29th launching from Sunrise Park with a destination of Sunrise waterway, West Spring Lake, and other lakes and bays in the area. The trip will be about 3-4 hours in duration 9+ miles long, rated intermediate.

Note: Sunrise Park is now known as "William B Gaines Veterans Memorial Park"


“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: Sunrise 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, 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 roundabout at Edgewater Dr. Turn right onto Edgewater Dr and follow it for 0.3 of a mile then left into Sunrise Park.

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!

Dec. 19th. meeting is the Xmas Cook-out.  See Val St.John for food sign-up sheet.

Where we buy our equipment.

Wednesday December 12th. Paddle


The Venice-Lemon Bay Kayakers will have a kayak trip with a meeting time of 8:45am. at the Nocatee Ramp  on Wednesday December 12th. We will then shuttle vehicles to Lettuce Lake. The paddle will be one way downstream from the Nocatee ramp to Lettuce Lake.

Nocatee has two concrete ramps and has no facilities except trash cans. There is a sandy put in point downstream from the downstream ramp. Parking is asphalt at both locations. 

Directions: If southbound on I-75 from the Venice area, take Exit 170 on to CR 769 East (also known as Kings Hwy.) toward Arcadia. Go about 12 miles to the intersection of CR 661 & CR 760. There are no landmarks so be alert for the one sign. Turn right (east) onto 661/760, stay on CR 760, and go about 3.5 miles. You will cross one bridge over a wet area then approach the ramp over the Peace River. As approaching the bridge ramp, turn right (south) into the ramp parking area. There are no boat ramp signs so be alert. If northbound on I-75 from the Ft. Myers area, take exit 164 on to Hwy. 17/35 North toward Arcadia. Go 19 miles to the village of Nocatee, and as you approach a Mystik gas station, which will be to your left front, turn left (west) onto CR 760 and go 1 mile, cross the Peace River bridge, and the ramp is on the left (south) side of the road just after crossing the bridge. There is no boat ramp sign from this direction either. 

THINK SAFETY FIRST! ALWAYS WEAR YOUR PFD. 

Saturday December 22nd. Paddle

The Venice-Lemon Bay Kayakers will have a kayak trip with a launch time of 9:30am on Saturday December 22nd. launching from the Charlotte County Oyster Creek Regional Park Canoe/Kayak launch area off Highway 775 with a destination of Oyster Creek to Stump Pass and waters in the area. The trip will be about 3 hours in duration, 7 miles long, rated intermediate.


Launch time of 9:30am” 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 are no facilities at this launch site other than parking. There are restroom facilities across 775 at Cedar Point Environmental Park.

Directions: From the north using I-75 take exit 191 (River Road) and proceed on River Road toward Englewood. Go 12.3 miles and turn left onto Pine St. and go 2.6 miles (Pine St becomes Placida Rd south of McCall Rd) and becomes SR 775.

From the north using SR 776 in Englewood go south to the intersection with SR 775; (Placida Rd) turn right (south) toward Placida. Go south past the Ainger Creek Park to the first traffic light. On the right is a Dairy Queen and to the left front is the Lemon Bay High School. Continue south to the second left hand turn after the light. The unnamed road entrance is directly across from the entrance to the Cedar Point Environmental Park 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 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. Follow the shell road to the right and you will enter the parking/unloading area with a short walk to Oyster Creek launch area.