Venice LemonBay Kayakers

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Wednesday December 6th. Paddle

The Venice-Lemon Bay Kayakers will have a kayak trip with a launch time of 9:30am on Wednesday December 6th, launching at the Snook Haven County Park east of Venice with a destination of paddling up the Myakka River and return. This trip will be about 3 hours in duration, 7 miles long, rated intermediate. 


“Launch time of 9:30am,” 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 sand/shell; parking is sand and grass. There are restrooms, picnic tables and a restaurant.

Directions: From I-75 Exit 191, go south on River Road to Venice Avenue. Turn left on Venice Ave. and follow it to its end. From Hwy. 41 in South Venice, a short distance west of the Myakka River Bridge, turn north at the traffic light onto River Road and go about 4.5 miles to Venice Ave. Turn right and follow it to the road’s end. From Hwy. 41 in “central” Venice go east about six miles on Venice Ave. to its end in the Snook Haven County Park on the Myakka River.

THINK SAFETY FIRST. ALWAYS WEAR YOUR PFD!

Wednesday December 13th. Paddle

The Venice-Lemon Bay Kayakers will have a kayak trip with a launch time of 9:30am on Wednesday December 13th. launching from Don Pedro State Park (Land Base) with a destination of Little Gasparilla Island, the beach at Gasparilla Pass and waters in the area. This trip will be about 4 hours in duration, 8 miles long, rated intermediate.

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

Facilities: The Park has restrooms, picnic tables, trashcans, and an information kiosk. The parking area is shell; there is a $3.00 per vehicle entry fee.

Directions: From SR 776 in Englewood, go south toward Placida on SR 775. Go about six miles, go through the small built up area of Cape Haze, go about one more mile and look right (west) for a brown and white sign for Don Pedro State Park. A good landmark is on the left (east) side of the road, Ace Hardware that is directly across from the entrance to the Park. From the El Jobean/North Port area, go south on SR 771 until it intersects SR 775 near the Placida Boat Ramp. Continue northward about one mile, look for the small brown and white Park sign along the right (east) side of the road and Ace Hardware, turn left (west) into the Park.

SAFETY COMES FIRST. ALWAYS WEAR YOUR PFD!

Saturday December 2nd Paddle

The Venice Lemon Bay Kayakers will have a kayak trip with a launch time of  9:30am. on Saturday December 2nd. launching from the WP Franklin Lock Recreation Area on the Caloosahatchee River just east of Fort Myers. The destination is east on the Caloosahatchee for a short distance then into Hickey’s Creek. The trip will be about 3 to 4 hours in duration, 6 to 8 miles long, depending on how far you paddle up the Creek, 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:  Located on the south side of the Caloosahatchee River section of the Okeechobee Waterway, W.P. Franklin Lock Recreation Area has full facilities including camping, swimming, fishing, picnic areas, boat launch   Visitors can view manatees, abundant bird life, and watch boats locking.

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Directions:  From the Venice area take I-75 south to exit 141 State Road 80 (Palm Beach Blvd).  Turn left onto State Road 80 east for about 7½ miles.  Look for and follow the brown WP Franklin Lock sign on Hwy 80 for the left turn onto Old Olga Rd then follow the brown signs leading you into the Franklin Lock Recreation Area.  Drive straight ahead into the “Observation Area” parking.  Do not turn left into the “Beach or Boat ramp” area.  Carry your kayak down the east side of the Observation walk to the water.  This is facing east towards Hickey Creek.


SAFETY COMES FIRST. ALWAYS WEAR YOUR PFD!

Economy Tackle  / Dolphin Paddlesports


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

Wednesday December 27th. Paddle

The Venice-Lemon Bay Kayakers will have a kayak trip with a launch time of 9:30am on Wednesday December 27th. launching from Loreto Court Ramp in Nokomis into Shakett Creek to Salt Creek and waters in the area. This paddle will be about 3 hours in duration, 8 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: This has one concrete ramp with one trashcan and one ramp sign. There are no other facilities. Parking is limited to about 6 to 8 vehicles along the shoulder of the road; this is in a housing area. If the Loreto Court parking area is full, go one block north and park at the end of Lucille Ave. that ends about 50 yards north of the ramp. It’s an easy carry from Lucille Ave. to 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. South 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).

SAFETY COMES FIRST. ALWAYS WEAR YOUR PFD!

Saturday December 16th. Paddle

The Venice Lemon Bay Kayakers will have a kayak trip with a launch time of 9:30am on Saturday December 16th, launching from Linger Lodge on the Braden River to Jiggs landing and return. This trip will be about 8 miles long, 4 hours in duration, rated intermediate.

“Launch time of 9:30am” means you are in the water and are ready to paddle. Please allow ample time for travel, unloading your kayaks and preparing for the trip.

Facilities: The ramp at Linger Lodge is concrete with an adjacent earth area for kayaks. We can launch our kayaks, then move our vehicles back to the regular parking lot.  Vehicles with trailers will have to park outside the gate on the grass verge. Linger Lodge has a restaurant, restrooms, picnic tables, etc. You may purchase lunch there or bring your own and picnic.

Directions: To get to Linger Lodge, just take I-75 north to State Route 70, Exit 217, and head west to Tara Blvd. Turn left at Tara and head south on Tara Blvd 1.8 miles to Linger Lodge Rd. Make a left on to Linger Lodge Rd and follow it over the over pass to the next stop and make a right on 85th St Ct E. Drive until you dead end in Linger Lodge's parking lot.

SAFETY COMES FIRST. ALWAYS WEAR YOUR PDF.

Saturday December 23rd Paddle

The Venice-Lemon Bay Kayakers will have a kayak trip with a launch time of 9:30am on Saturday December 23rd. launching from Hathaway Park (north east of Punta Gorda) with a destination of paddling up scenic Shell Creek and return. The trip will be 3 hours in duration, 7 miles long, rated as intermediate. 
(NOTE) We will be using the NEW paddle craft launch area that has no boat-launch fees. Go past the original left turn into Hathaway Park and take the next left turn.

"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. GO TO THE SECOND DRIVE INTO HATHWAY PARK. This will take you to the new paddle craft site with no launch fees. 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!

Wednesday December 20th. Paddle and January trip scheduling meeting.

The Venice Lemon Bay Kayakers will have a kayak trip with a launch time of 9:30am on Wednesday December 20th, launching from Blackburn Point Road (east before crossing the ICW on the south side of the road) to waters in the area. This trip will be about 3 hours in duration, 5 to 6 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.

Following the paddle we will have our January paddle-scheduling meeting. Bring the beverage of your choice and a dish to pass.

Facilities: There are picnic tables, trashcans, BBQ grills, and a porta-potty.

Directions: From Hwy 41 in Osprey turn west onto Blackburn Point Rd. and continue to the bridge. Turn left before crossing the bridge and park on the south side of the road in the sandy area.

SAFETY COMES FIRST. ALWAYS WEAR YOUR PFD!

Saturday December 9th. Paddle

The Venice Lemon Bay Kayakers will have a paddle with a launch time of 9:30am on Saturday December 9th launching from a new Charlotte County paddle craft site called Sunrise Park with a destination of Sunrise waterway, West Spring Lake, Alligator Bay, Lewes Creek, Manchester waterway and Muddy Bay. The trip will be about 3 hours in duration 6 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: 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 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 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!