Tarpon Point Landing

Just the Facts

  • 1.3 acres
  • Land donated in 2012
  • Mangroves, needle rush marsh, and Wild and Scenic Myakka River
  • Owned and Managed by Conservation Foundation
  • Open to the public

The Story

Charley Richards, a lifelong conservationist and former Sarasota County commissioner, donated Tarpon Point Landing in 2012. A collaboration helped restore this area and create new opportunities for recreation. Conservation Foundation made the plans, The Mosaic Company Foundation provided a grant, and local organizations, including a local division of the Boy Scouts of America, called a Venturing Crew, provided the man power.

Why It Matters

The Wild and Scenic Myakka River is an awe-inspiring place to visit, but as stewards, we must be careful not to love it to death. Tarpon Point Landing was specially designed to provide a resting place for paddlers, who have a much lighter impact on the resource than motorized vessels. It is also located in a “blind spot” on the river, where formerly, paddlers were not able to stop for rest.

Tarpon Point Landing is a beautiful resting spot along the Wild and Scenic Myakka River. Reserve your camping spot today!

Getting There

Accessible only by paddle craft. Use our Lower Myakka River Blueway paddle map: Paddling Map -Lower Myakka River.pdf to help plan your trip.

Note: If using GPS locating the correct coordinates are as follows: 27.025112, -82.275474 Using these coordinates with Google maps will not indicate correct location due to Google Map resolution. Satellite image below shows accurate site location.

Need to Know

Tarpon Point Landing is located on the Wild and Scenic Myakka River, near the Myakka State Forest in Venice. It is not publicly accessible by land, but only by paddle craft – canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards. Paddlers will enjoy this great resting spot, where a picnic table, campsite, and benches overlook scenic marshes and mangrove forests on the Myakka River. Campers must pre-register prior to staying the night. Camping Rules and Registration. (link)

This is a Leave No Trace site – please take out everything you bring in.

More Information

Myakka River
Camping Permit and Rules

About nearby public lands:
Sarasota County’s Deer Prairie Creek Preserve
Myakka River State Forest
Myakka River

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