Sarasota Bay is a long, protected lagoon that invites boaters to explore. Paddlers will find solitude while exploring shallow, mangrove-lined shores.

Recreational boating contributed $10.4 billion and 82,752 jobs to Florida's economy in 2013.

Paddle Guides

Manatee County Parks & Natural Resources curate paddling maps on their website.

Ramps for non-motorized vessels in Sarasota County, including kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards, are listed on the Sarasota County website.

Boating Guides

Boater's Guide to Manatee County
Boating and Angling Guide to North Sarasota County
Boating and Angling Guide to South Sarasota County

The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program is dedicated to restoring the area's greatest natural asset - Sarasota Bay. We offer special thanks to our partners: Sarasota County, Manatee County, City of Sarasota, City of Bradenton, Town of Longboat Key, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Southwest Florida Water Management District.