Boating & Fishing Info

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Closest Boat Launch

Nokomis Boat Ramp is located 3 miles from RCR, just past Nokomis Beach. Parking is free and you will launch into Blackburn Bay. Open 6 a.m. to Midnight.

Directions: Turn left onto Laurel Rd, go across US 41and then turn right onto Albee Rd West.  Turn right onto Casey Key Road.

Venice Fishing Pier, 1600 Harbor Dr S, Venice

Open to the public 6:30 am to 9 p.m.   No Fishing license required. 700 ft pier, with public restrooms, Picnic Shleters , a bait shop and restaurant.

The Jetties

South Jetty Beach, 2000 Tarpon Center Dr, Venice

This beach features a paved jetty for fishing.  An excellent place to see dolphins, manatees, and beautiful sunsets.


North Jetty Beach, 1000 S Casey Key Rd, Nokomis

This beach  features multiple picnic areas,  some with covered pavilions and charcoal grills. There is  access to the beach from the park area by multiple walk over bridges.  There are public restrooms, showers, and a childrens play area. You can bring your own grill, NO animals are allowed.  There is a bait shop and a Concession shop, fishing is allowed off the jetty with a license. Get to this beach early, people stake out their picnic areas early in the day.


A tale of two Jetties - Sarasota Herald Tribune

Fishing License Information

Click on Llink below to access Florida Fish & Wildlife  website for infomation on types and costs of required sports licenses.

Florida Fish & Wildlife Website

RCR Fishing Pier

RCR has a Commercial Fishing Pier license which allows anyone to fish off our pier without a license.  This pier is for fishing only, no swimming or watercraft  landing is allowed. 


Generally any taking of fish (even catch & release) requires a license.  Whether fishing from the shore or a kayak, you must have a saltwater fishing license.  Three exemptions are:

  • A Florida resident 65 years of age or older
  • A Youth under 26 years of age
  • A Florida member of the Armed Forces not station in Florida home on leave 30 days or less

RCR Kayaks

Kayaks are available for use  up to three hours.  Must have a valid driver's license  to sign out in the office.  Life jackets are provided. Water shoes are recommended due to oyster beds in  Dona Bay.