Launch your kayak, boat, paddleboard or kiteboard!

Get out and explore Sarasota’s beautiful waterways and coastal environment. Home to numerous bird and marine species, our waterways and coastal environment offers many opportunities for wildlife viewing.

You can boat, swim, paddleboard, fish, waterski, wakeboard, tube, kiteboard or paddle your way around the waterways of Sarasota County. Be sure to use the Blueways Paddling Guide as you get into the flow of Sarasota’s kayak, canoe and paddleboard trails.

Wharf P canoe launch

  • Carlton Reserve (T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve)

    1. Address:1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway
      Venice, FL 34292
    1. Bicycling
    2. Birding
    3. Camping
    4. Canoe/Kayak Launch
    5. Historical / Cultural Resource
    6. Picnicking
    7. Restroom
    8. Shelter / Pavilion
    9. Trail - Equestrian
    10. Trail - Unpaved
    11. Wildlife Viewing
    1. Boat and Kayak Launches
    2. Natural Areas and Nature Centers
    3. Trails
    4. Water Access Parks

Enjoy Carlton Reserve

Park Hours: 6 a.m. to sunset

Carlton Reserve Trail Map

Carlton Reserve Nature/Bike Trail Map

Carlton Reserve Nature Trails Kiosk

  • Enjoy biking, birding, hiking, primitive camping and paddling.
  • 100+ miles of trails/horseback riding.
  • 12-mile Myakka Island Wilderness Trail continues north to Myakka River State Park.
  • Campsites and pavilions can be booked up to one year in advance by calling 941-861-7275.


CMR Main Sign




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