Terra Ceia Preserve State Park
Terra Ceia Preserve State Park/
Terra Ceia Aquatic Preserve at Frog Creek
Located at 130 Terra Ceia Road, Terra Ceia, Florida. From
Palmetto take US 19 north. After crossing Terra Ceia Bay make a right at Bayshore Drive. Take Bayshore to the “T” intersection on Terra Ceia Road, turn right. Park adjacent to the Frog Creek Bridge at the put in.
Emerson Point Preserve
The Emerson Point to Skyway Trail
This blueway is approximately 9 miles in total length. There
are multiple launch points including Emerson Point Preserve, the
Sunshine Skyway South Fishing Pier and at an area north of the Crab Trap Restaurant. See map for complete listing of launch facilities. Weather changes can occur quickly changing from calm
conditions to high winds, waves, and thunderstorms. Tides and
currents around the Skyway Bridge area can also be swift.
Emerson Point to Little Bird Key
Kayak 6 mile loop around Little Bird Key and back.
Emerson Point to Riverview Pointe/
De Soto National Memorial
Kayak 3/4 mile across Manatee River to Riverview Pointe
Emerson Point to Palma Sola Loop
Kayak 3 miles to Palma Sola loop off Perico Island (see Palma
Sola Trail Map page 34).
Emerson Point to Mead Point
Kayak 5 mile loop west to Mead Point and back (or continue on
Palma Sola Trail page 34).
Riverview Pointe/De Soto National Memorial
to Emerson Point
Kayak 3/4 mile across Manatee River to Emerson Point
and back (or continue to Little Bird Key).
See map for additional Launch Points.
Emerson Point Preserve
Located at 5801 17th Street West, Palmetto, Florida. From
Sarasota or Bradenton, take Business 41 north, cross the Palmetto
Green Bridge, head west on 10th Street to Snead Island, follow
signs to Emerson Point Preserve.
Riverview Pointe Preserve
(Adjacent to De Soto National Memorial)
Please use parking area at Emerson Point Preserve to make your
initial launch, then take out at Riverview Pointe and enjoy both
park areas, Riverview Pointe and De Soto National Memorial.
Crab Trap Paddle Launch
From Palmetto take US 19 north, paddle launch area is on the
left (west) adjacent to Crab Trap Restaurant. Just beyond the
restaurant pull off on the wide shoulder to put in. This is not a
designated county boat ramp. Limited parking.