This is Segment 10, Region D. The wild Myakka River through Myakka River State Park has long thrilled paddlers, being one of only two federally designated wild and scenic rivers in Florida. The river is not for the squeamish as monstrous alligators exceeding ten feet in length are commonly seen. Roseate spoonbills and sandhill cranes are among the more than 250 species of birds found in the park.
Along the coast, this segment provides paddlers with an opportunity to view a wide variety of animal and plant life, scenic beaches and local parks. On the journey through Sarasota Bay and numerous other smaller bays, be sure to look for bottlenose dolphins and manatee.
The circumnavigational trail portion of the segment begins at the canoe/kayak launch at South Lido Beach Park or at Lido Beach on the Gulf side, depending on winds, weather and personal preference. Eight miles to the south lay Turtle Beach Park, which has boat ramps, picnic shelters and camping sites.
Continuing south from Turtle Beach and past Bird Keys and Casey Key is Oscar Scherer State Park. The park is on the mainland, requiring you to cross over at Little Sarasota or Dryman Bays.
Starting bright and early from Oscar Scherer, the next stretch of Section 10 takes you on a 23-mile long Intercoastal route past Venice to Weston's Resort on the bay and Gulf adjacent to Stump Pass Beach State Park.
36 miles of circumnavigational trail
1 river trail
- The long stretch of 23 miles from Oscar Scherer State Park to Weston's Resort has limited camping opportunities
- As with most South Florida segments, boat traffic can be heavy, especially on weekends
- Give alligators their space along the Myakka River. Do not bring canine companions.
Primary Campsites & Distances Between on Circumnavigational Trail
- Lido Beach to Oscar Scherer State Park, 13 miles
- Oscar Scherer State Park to Weston's, 23 miles
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