Paddling, Kayaking and Boating

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We have many convenient places to 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 Blueways Paddling Guide, as you get into the flow of Sarasota’s kayak, canoe, and paddle board trails.

Kayak Tunnel

Fun Facts:

  • At Ted Sperling Nature Park at South Lido; you can experience our beautiful waterways by taking a journey throughout our many breathtaking mangrove tunnels and waterways.
  • Sarasota County offers many different water access locations including, 13 motorized boat launches and 29 non-motorized (kayak) launches.
  • Bird viewing opportunities! Rookeries are home to Roseate Spoonbills, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Brown Pelicans, Ospreys and many other birds.
  • Wildlife includes Manatees, Dolphins, and a wide variety of marine fish.
  • Sarasota County is home to many artificial reefs site including: 8 Bay sites and 31 Gulf sites. 


Boat Ramps for Motorized Vessels:

  • Blackburn Point Park
  • Centennial Park
  • Dallas White Park (Freshwater Ramp)
  • Higel Marine Park
  • Indian Mound Park
  • Ken Thompson Park
  • Manasota Beach Park
  • Marina Park (Northport)
  • Marina Park and Boat Ramp (Venice)
  • Nokomis Beach Park
  • Pinecraft Park (Shallow Water Vessels Only)
  • Snook Haven Park (Shallow Water Vessels Only)
  • Turtle Beach Park


Boat Ramps for Non-motorized Vessels  

  • Blackburn Point Park
  • Blind Pass Beach Park, Bayside
  • Carlton Reserve
  • Caspersen Beach Park, Bayside
  • Centennial Park
  • Christopher Wheeler Park
  • Curry Creek Preseserve (West entrance - Albee Farm Road)
  • Deer Prairie Creek Preserve (south entrance - S. Tamiami Trail)
  • Indian Mound Park
  • Ken Thompson Park
  • Lakeview Park
  • Legacy Park
  • Lemon Bay Park
  • Manasota Beach Park, Bayside
  • Nathan Benderson Park
  • Nokomis Beach Park, Bayside
  • Nokomis Community Park
  • Nokomis Riverview Park
  • North Jetty Park
  • Osprey Fishing Pier
  • Phillippi Estate Park
  • Pinecraft Park
  • Shoreland Park
  • Snook Haven Park
  • South Lido Beach (Ted Sperling Park at South Lido)
  • Turtle Beach Park
  • Vamo Drive Park
  • Venice Myakka River Park
  • Wharf Road Park


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