Kayaking Punta Gorda
Shell Creek is one of this area's popular kayak destinations. The most used launch for this creek is at Hathaway Park located on Washington Loop Rd. off Rt. 17 just north of Punta Gorda.
This is an easy and pleasant paddle. There is a dam below the Hathaway launch making this a freshwater trip. There are a few homes sprinkled along the way but over all it is mostly undeveloped "Old Florida" landscape and a very nice paddle. Alligators are present but are no threat.
Hathaway Park is divided into two sections with entrances almost right next to each other. One has a boat ramp for launching and restrooms. This part of the park has a parking fee (brings singles). The other entrance has a kayak / canoe launch and port-a-john and has no parking fee.