Saturday July 6th. Paddle

The Venice-Lemon Bay Kayakers will have a kayak trip with a launch time of 9:30am on Saturday July 6th, launching from Vamo Park in Sarasota Bay and paddle up North Creek, than cross over to Midnight Pass Beach and waters in the area. The trip will be about 3 ½ 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:  There are no facilities at Vamo. There is a relatively small sandy parking area between fences in a residential area. The launch site is a shallow sandy area on the ICW.


Directions:   If southeast bound on Hwy. 41 in South Sarasota turn right (south) onto Vamo Way at the traffic light at the Westfield Sarasota Square Mall.  Continue south and look to the right for two off-white stucco columns and turn right (west) onto Vamo Drive into Vamo County Park. If northbound from Venice on Hwy. 41 go just north of McIntosh and North Point Roads (the entrance Palmer Ranch is on the right and the Oaks Preserve is on the left) and get in the left hand lane. Turn left (west) and crosses over southbound Hwy. 41 (there is no traffic light here) onto Vamo Way. Just as the road turns right (north), look left for the stucco columns then go left onto Vamo Drive into the Park.

Where we buy our equipment.

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 approvedRed, Greenand White navigation lights.

Venice LemonBay Kayakers

Economy Tackle  / Dolphin Paddlesports

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

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.

Saturday July 20th Paddle

The Venice-Lemon Bay Kayakers will have a kayak trip with a launch time of 9:30 a.m. on Saturday July 20th launching from Phillippi Estates Park in Sarasota with a destination of the Intracoastal Waterway, tunnels and area islands. The trip will be about 3 hours in duration, 7 miles long, rated as intermediate.

"Launch time of 9:30am" means that you are in the water and ready to paddle. Please allow ample time for travel, unloading you kayaks, and preparing for the trip. There is about a 140-yard carry over a concrete sidewalk from the parking area to the launch point, so plan accordingly.

Facilities: Phillippi Estates Park has full facilities. Parking is asphalt. The launch point is sand/shell. 

Directions: If northbound on Hwy. 41 in South Sarasota, go past Economy Tackle and a Texaco station to the traffic light at Constitution St. Turn left (west) into Philippi Estates, follow the road to the right then left and go past the administrative building and park near three gazebos. A fishing pier is visible from the parking area; the launch point is adjacent to the pier. If southbound on Hwy. 41 in South Sarasota cross the three Philippi Creek bridges and turn right (west) at the traffic light at Constitution St. and follow the above directions.

Wednesday July 3rd. Paddle

The Venice-Lemon Bay Kayakers will have a kayak trip on Wednesday July 3rd. with a launch time of 9:30 am from Deer Prairie Creek Preserve.  The 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.

FACILITIES:  There are picnic table’s w/shelters/no grills, parking for kayak/canoe trailers, and handicapped accessible observation areas near the lake just upstream of the dam.  There is a Porta-Potti at the parking lot.

DIRECTIONS:  From I-75 take Exit 191, River Road.  Follow River Road approximately six miles south to its intersection with Hwy 41.  Turn left (south) on Hwy 41.  Go one mile to the crossover near the large RV storage facility on the left.  Make a u-turn at the crossover, go ¼ mile north on Hwy 41 and turn right on to the gravel road at the park entrance.  Then drive to the end of the road into the large parking lot and picnic area.  
There are two launching points, one above and one below the dam. 
From Venice and points north on Hwy 41.  Follow Hwy 41 south past the traffic light at River Rd. then follow the above directions.
From North Port and Port Charlotte areas.  Follow Hwy 41 north through North Port past Ortiz Blvd., then past the large RV storage facility on the right, and follow the above directions.

Wednesday July 17th. Paddle


The Venice-Lemon Bay Kayakers will have a kayak trip with a launch time of 9:30am on Wednesday July 17th., launching from Ken Thompson Park on Lido Key in Sarasota.  This paddle will be about 3 hours in duration, 6 to7 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:  There are three concrete launching ramps and a restroom. The parking area is large; some is paved but most is sandy. Further to the east are covered picnic tables and trashcans along the east and north side of the Key and within walking distance of the ramp. The ramp goes into the ICW.

Directions:  From Hwy. 41 in “downtown” Sarasota go west on SR 789 to St. Armands on Lido Key. At the traffic circle in St. Armands, stay to the right and take SR 789 north and follow the signs to the Mote Marine Science Center.  Ken Thompson Park is just east of Mote; the ramps are on the right (south) side of the road. (However, for a sand/shell launch area, do not turn south into the ramp area but rather drive straight ahead and there will be an asphalt parking area, restrooms, a children’s playground, and a beach launch area.) 

Saturday July 13th. Paddle

​The Venice Lemon Bay Kayakers will have a kayak trip with a launch time of 9:30am on Saturday July 13th. launching from Laurel Road Myakka River Park in Venice.  The trip will be approx. 7 miles long, 3 hours duration, 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 Park has restrooms, picnic tables and grills and ample parking.


Directions:  From US41 in Nokomis or I-75 exit 195 take Laurel Rd. East until it ends at the park.

Wednesday July 10th. Paddle


The Venice Lemon Bay Kayakers will have a kayak trip with a launch time of 9:30am on Wednesday July 10th. launching from Legacy Park in Venice.  The trip will be approx. 7 miles long, 3 hours duration, 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 park has restrooms, picnic tables and grills and ample parking.


Directions: ​ In Venice take Venice Ave. West.  As you approach the ICW bridge stay right alongside the bridge, DO NOT CROSS THE BRIDGE. At the Stop sign turn right and follow the road into the park.