Venice LemonBay Kayakers

Economy Tackle  / Dolphin Paddlesports

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

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.

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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 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.



​​Wednesday January 29th 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 Wednesday January 29th 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.