Wednesday March 13th. Paddle
Launch Point: Coral Creek Bridge, Placida. Paddling to the Woolverton Trails.
Facilities: There are no facilities at this launch point. There are restrooms at the Placida Ramp, approx. 1/4 mile north.
Parking is limited.
Directions: From Venice/Englewood take SR776 south to SR775. Turn right and proceed on SR775 to the traffic light at the Boca Grande Causeway. Go straight through the light to the first right then first left to the launch point.
From Port Charlotte take SR776 to SR771. Turn left and follow SR771 to the bridge over Coral Creek in Placida. Immediately after the bridge turn left and left again to the launch point.
Where we buy our equipment.
Wednesday March 20th. Paddle
The Venice-Lemon Bay Kayakers will have a kayak trip on Wednesday March 20th. launching from DeSoto Deep Creek Ramp (by the Nav-A-Gator) east of Port Charlotte at 9:30 am. with a destination of Deep Creek, Hunters Creek and a short section of the Peace River. The trip will be about 3 ½ hours in duration, 7 ½ miles long, rated as intermediate.
"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 DeSoto County Deep Creek launch ramp is concrete; the Park has restroom facilities and free parking for vehicles and trailers.
Directions: If you are using I 75 get off at exit 170 “Kings Highway”. Go East on Kings Highway (past Wal-Mart) for 2.9 miles and turn right onto SW Peace River St. There is black and yellow billboard advertising the Navigator Bar and Grill here. Follow SW Peace River St for 1.4 miles until it ends at the public boat launch. Parking is in the DeSoto Deep Creek Park. If southbound on Hwy, 41 from Venice/North Port turn left at the junction of SR 776 and 41, at Port Charlotte Town Center, onto Veterans Blvd. Follow the turns and curves on Veterans Blvd until you junction with Kings Hwy (SR769) near I 75. Turn left onto Kings Hwy and follow it under I 75 and continue to your right turn onto Peace River St.
SAFETY COMES FIRST. ALWAYS WEAR YOUR PFD!
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.
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.
Saturday March 16th. Paddle
The Venice-Lemon Bay Kayakers will have a kayak trip with a shuttle time of 9am at the Nocatee Ramp on Saturday, March 16th. We will then shuttle vehicles to Lettuce Lake. The paddle will be one way downstream from Nocatee to Lettuce Lake. The overall duration of the trip will be about 3 hours, rated as intermediate.
Facilities: 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.
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 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.
Economy Tackle / Dolphin Paddlesports
6018 S. Tamiami Tr. Sarasota, FL. 34231.
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.