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Fishing & Boating

A Florida vacation is not complete without a bit of fishing, boating or environmental exploration. Take part in area events below or scroll down for local points of interest.


dragon fest

Celebrate Halloween and raise money for Take Stock in children! This is a great venue for both paddlers and spectators. Bring family and friends and a Dragon Boat Team if you can and enjoy a fun-filled day with Circus Fun, food, crafts, and - oh yes - dragon boat racing! For more information, click here.

When: October 28, 8am - 4pm, Laishley Park


Join our 3rd annual Paddlefest for a great weekend of racing, friends, family, games, prizes, fun and food! For more information, click here.

When: November 10 - 12, Englewood


Speed. Power. Excitement. Come see the 2017 World Championship for the Offshore Powerboat Association. Many events are scheduled for the 2-day festival. For more information, click here.

When: November 18 - 19, Englewood

parks and rec

All Charlotte County fishing locations are public. For a list of area fishing, click here. For information on fishing licenses and permits, visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Fishing & Boating

Bring sun screen, hat, and two bottles of water per person and expect to get wet! Kayak and equipment rental with loading and launching service: $20 per person; no charge if bringing own kayak. Online waiver required if renting; registration required for all. Click here for more information.

When: Tuesdays, 8:30–11:00 am. Lake Suzy

Riding the Waves

Experience the beauty of the Florida's Gulf Coast from the water. Riding The Waves offers guided boat tours of Englewood, Placida, and Cape Haze in Southwest Florida. You'll learn all about our local ecosystem and natural environment from a certified Florida naturalist as you cruise along with a friend in your own private catamaran. It's the perfect way to spend a day on the waves and exploring this beautiful part of the world. For more information, click here.