Saturday March 10th. Paddle
Place: Lettuce Lake. There is no “Lettuce Lake” per se but rather an inlet off the Peace River. Accesses the Peace River but be aware that this area is a maze of mangrove islands and one can easily get lost so pay attention to what turns you make. It’s best to have an experienced guide who knows the area well, or be knowledgeable in the use of a GPS.
Facilities: There is a concrete ramp and adjacent to that is a large sandy/grassy launch area. Nearby are picnic tables and trashcans but no restrooms. There is ample sand/grass parking.
Directions: If southbound on I-75, take exit 170 and go northeast on CR 769 (also known as King’s Highway) toward Arcadia.
Follow this road northeast for about 6.2 miles to the intersection with CR 761 and turn right (east) on CR761. The CR 761 intersection is just after the Water Treatment Plant with it’s white storage tanks. Cross over two Peace River bridges and turn right (south) at the first road, which is Lettuce Lake Avenue. It’s about 1.5 miles from the intersection of CR 769 and 761. Once on Lettuce Lake Avenue, follow the brown signs with white letters, turning right onto Reese Street to the ramp (about another 0.5 mile).
If northbound on I-75, take exit 170 and follow the above directions.
Wednesday March 21st. Paddle
Place: Nocatee. Paddle the Peace River.
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.
Directions: 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 a second bridge 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 Mystik 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.
Saturday March 31st. Paddle
Place: Sunrise Park, Port Charlotte.
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.)
Wednesday March 7th. Paddle
Place: Fort Hamer
Facilities: There is a concrete ramp with a sand ramp just upstream. Parking is ample and is sand. There are trashcans and picnic tables and one porta-potty
Directions: From I-75, take Exit 224 onto Rt. 301 east. Follow 301 east about 2 miles to a red and green light and turn right onto Old Tampa Rd. There is a Whitney Bank building on the right hand corner and a CVS diagonally across the street. The road to the left here is Erie, so both names are on the signs above the road. Continue on Old Tampa Rd. until the intersection with Ft. Hamer Rd. Turn right on Ft. Hammer and continue to the end.
SAFETY COMES FIRST. ALWAYS WEAR YOUR PFD!
Wednesday March 28th. Paddle
Place: Don Pedro State Park.
****** This trip will be followed by our Monthly Scheduling Meeting/Picnic. Bring the beverage of your choice and a dish to share. ******
Facilities: The Park has restrooms, picnic tables, trashcans. 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.
ALL TRIPS LAUNCH AT 9:30am. UNLESS SHOWN OTHERWISE.
"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 March 14th. Paddle
Place: Loreto Court, Nokomis. (Shakett Creek, Fox Creek, Salt Creek.)
Facilities: This has one concrete ramp with one trashcan and one ramp sign. There are no other facilities. Parking is across from the ramp and is grass.
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).
Saturday March 3rd. Paddle
Place: Deer Prairie Creek
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. Goone 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.
The kayak launching point is off the road crossing the up-stream side of the dam.
From Venice and points north on Hwy 41. Follow Hwy 41 south past the traffic light atRiver Rd. then follow the above directions.
From North Port and Port Charlotte areas. Follow Hwy 41 north through North Portpast Ortiz Blvd., then past the large RV storage facilityon the right, andfollow the above directions.
Saturday March 24th. Paddle
Place: Robinson Preserve, Bradenton.
Facilities: The parking is shell and the kayak launch site is improved sand. There are rest rooms at the launch site. No alcohol is permitted in Robinson Preserve.
Directions: Going north on I-75 take exit 220B and head west on SR 64, Manatee Ave for about 10.3 miles. Turn right onto 75th St NW for about 1.3 miles. Turn left onto 17th Ave NW for about 1.5 miles. The entrance to Robinson Preserve is at the end of 17 Ave. From any other route you need to get onto Manatee Ave going east or west and turn onto 75th St NW to 17 Ave.
Where we buy our equipment.
Economy Tackle / Dolphin Paddlesports
6018 S. Tamiami Tr. Sarasota, FL. 34231.
Saturday March 17th. Paddle
Place: Legacy Park (Train Station) Venice. Paddle the ICW and Curry Creek.
Facilities: Launch site is Sand/Gravel into a creek off the ICW near Venice Train Station. Restrooms, Picnic tables, Grills and ample parking.
Directions: From US41-bypass in Venice take Venice Ave. to the West (towards the ICW bridge), stay in the right lane and go to the right of the bridge, do not cross the bridge. At the Stop sign turn right onto N. Seaboard Ave. Drive to the end at the launch site, unload then park.