​"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.


Most trips are 6-8 miles long and approx. 3 hours in duration unless noted otherwise in the trip description.


Wednesday May 23rd. Paddle

Place:  Ponce De Leon Park, Punta Gorda.

Facilities:  ​The Park has full facilities. The ramp is concrete and parking is asphalt. Nearby is a wildlife rehabilitation center. This is a Punta Gorda city park so there are no Charlotte County fees to park or launch.

Directions:  If southbound on Hwy. 41 from the North Port area cross the Peace River Bridge. Shortly after crossing the bridge, turn right (west) at a traffic light onto West Marion Ave. and follow it west; the Park entrance is on the left just before the road ends at a Condo development.  If northbound on Hwy. 41 in South Punta Gorda, continue northward to the traffic light at West Marion Ave., turn right (west) and follow the above directions. If approaching from I-75, take Exit 164 and go west toward Punta Gorda on Hwy. 17, which becomes West Marion Ave., and continue to the Park.

Saturday May 26th Paddle

Place:  Legacy Park, Venice. (near Train Station).  Paddle to Curry Creek.

Facilities: The Park has full facilities and ample parking.

Directions: From US41 bypass in Venice go West on Venice Ave, stay in Right lane.  Stay Right of the bridge (do not cross bridge), go to Stop sign, turn Right and follow road into Park.


Wednesday May 30th. Paddle

Place:  Loreto Court Ramp, Nokomis.

Facilities: This has one concrete ramp with one trashcan and one ramp sign.  There are no other facilities.  Parking is grass across from the ramp.

Directions: From Hwy. 41 in Nokomis turn east at Captain Eddy’s Seafood Restaurant onto Colonia Lane. Follow Colonia Lane across railroad tracks and past a cemetery, then look for the small Suncoast Industrial Park on the left (north). Just beyond the industrial park, turn left (north) on to River Blvd. S. and go northward to Loreto Court. Turn left (west) on Loreto Court and follow it until it dead ends. The ramp is on the right (north).

Venice LemonBay Kayakers

Where we buy our equipment.

Economy Tackle  / Dolphin Paddlesports

6018 S. Tamiami Tr. Sarasota, FL. 34231.

Saturday May 19th. Paddle

Place: Don Pedro State Park

Facilities:  The park has restrooms, picnic tables and trash cans. There is a Park entrance fee of $3. per vehicle.

Directions:  From CR 776 in Englewood, turn south onto CR 775 (also known as Placida Road) toward Placida. Go about 7 miles, look for an Ace Hardware store and Placida Grill restaurant on the left and a small brown Park sign. The Park entrance is on the Right. From the El Jobean area, get southbound on CR 776, cross the Myakka River Bridge, then turn left at the second traffic light and connect to CR 771 South.  Go approx. 8  miles to the bridge over Coral Creek, the road becomes CR 775, continue approx. 1 mile and look for Ace Hardware on the right, the Park is on the Left.