Venice Florida Canoe Kayak Launch

A comprehensive list of area launch sites including Englewood and Nokomis/Osprey

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canoe and kayak launch

The warm waters of the Intracoastal and bays surrounding Venice Island are ideal for canoers and kayakers year round. Launch site information below.

Nokomis     Englewood




Higel Park

1330 Tarpon Center Dr., Venice 34285. Higel Park is primarily used for boat access. The boat ramp consists of one double ramp with docks. There is a scenic picnic area overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway.

Marina Park and Boat Ramp

215 E Venice Ave, Venice, FL, 34285. Located on the East side of the Intracoastal Waterway, with access on the north side of East Venice Avenue next to the bridge, adjacent to the historic Venice Train Depot.

Snook Haven Park

5000 E. Venice Ave. Venice 34292
This 3-acre park provides access to the Myakka River.

T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve

1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway, Venice. This site, bordering the eastern edge of the Myakka River, host a variety of plants, birds and other wildlife. It offers a bike trail, canoe/kayak launch, nature trail, rental space, wildlife viewing, grills, guided nature walks and historic log cabin.

Caspersen Beach Park Canoe Launch

4100 Harbor Drive, Venice

Located at the far end of Caspersen Beach parking lot, this launch site provides access to Red Lake and the Intracoastal. There is limited parking for trailers and adequate parking for vehicles.  Rest rooms, picnic facilities, hiking trails, a boardwalk and Gulf beach access are also available here.

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Nokomis/Osprey Launch


Nokomis Beach

901 Casey Key Road, Casey Key, Nokomis
This 23-acre family oriented beach is also popular for fishing and picnicking. It has a boardwalk and deck, two boat ramps, a concession stand, lifeguards on duty year-round, a pavilion and restrooms. Located on Casey Key just north of the jetty.

Blackburn Point Boat Launch

800 Blackburn Point Park, Osprey

North Jetty Park

1000 Casey Key Road, Casey Key, Nokomis
A popular surfing beach, it offers swimming (lifeguards on duty year-round), fishing, a bait shop, canoeing, picnic shelters concession stand, restrooms, horseshoe courts and volleyball court. Located at the south end of Casey Key.

Oscar Scherer State Park

Located in Osprey off HWY 41. 941-483-5956 
Camping and picnicking. Fifteen miles of trails for hiking, biking, and wildlife viewing. Canoeing and Kayaking (rentals available) along South Creek - no motor boats. Freshwater and Saltwater Fishing. Located on U.S. 41, two miles south of Osprey ( about 8 miles north of Venice) and six miles south of Sarasota. Website:

Laurel Road East Canoe and Kayak Launch

Located just west of the Carlton Preserve, this is a single lane launch for canoes and kayaks only.  Access is to the Myakka River.  There is no vehicle or trailer parking available.

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Blind Pass Beach (Middle Beach)

6725 Manasota Key Road,  Englewood
One of the more isolated beaches in the area and has no lifeguards. Picnic tables, playground equipment, showers and restrooms. there's also a nature trail, with dunes and areas for boating, canoeing, kayaking and fishing.


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