September 14, 2021 7:27 pm


Living in a beach community we are surrounded by water. Although many locals and tourists enjoy the beaches, there are a lot of other water activities to take advantage of. Boating, fishing, scuba diving and kayaking are some popular ways to get out on the water.

When we moved to Englewood we started looking around for places to launch our kayaks and canoe. Here are some of the best Paddle board eco tours spots that we’ve found. Each area offers a different experience but all are worth checking out.

Lemon Bay
Separating Englewood from Manasota Key is Lemon Bay and this is a good place for kayaking. We usually stay along the coastline looking for birds in the trees and fish in the shallow water. Be aware that boaters will be driving at higher speeds within the channel markers so be careful if crossing from one side to another.

There are several launch areas along the mainland and Manasota Key. One of our favorite places to put in is the Lemon Bay Park and Environmental Center. From this parking lot it’s a short walk to the kayak launch. In addition to kayaking from here, there are two miles of easy walking trails and a few different boardwalks that line the Bay. The Environmental Center has clean bathrooms and offers educational tours throughout the year.

Other free and easy places to launch a kayak, canoe or boat into Lemon Bay are Indian Mound Park and the Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary Park. Both parks are small but have bathrooms and easy parking.

From Manasota Key, three places to launch your kayak into the Bay are the boat ramp at Manasota Beach, the very back of the parking area at Blind Pass Beach, or from Stump Pass Beach State Park.

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