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Hillsborough River - Sargeant Park to Trout Creek Park

  • Oct 2, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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PADDLE DESCRIPTION: 7-9 miles, 4-5 hours - This stretch of the Hillsborough River is “among the most scenic in Central Florida”. We often see lots of gators and birds. After paddling the river from Sargents Park to Morris Bridge Park,we will take a lunch break. Then we will continue downstream for a leisurely padde to Trout Creek Park. This is considered an easy to moderate paddle, perfect for both experienced paddlers and for the paddlers who are just starting to enjoy this wonderful sport.

Location: Tampa, FL USA

Class: 1

Distance Paddled: about 7.5 one way

Water: fresh, flat blackwater, with a slow (1/2 to 1 MPH) current that can be paddled in either direction

Wildlife: Wildlife normally seen - great blue heron, little blue heron, anhinga, white ibis, osprey, red-shouldered hawk, black vulture, turkey vulture, Florida red-bellied turtle, peninsula cooter,sometimes deer, hogs and hopefully lots of alligators.
Wildlife occasionally or at certain times of year seen - roseate spoonbill, wood stork, pied-billed grebe, prothonotary warbler, blue-gray gnat catcher, American robin, wild turkey, great horned owl, yellow-crowned night heron, bald eagle, river otter, raccoon, wood duck, Florida banded water snake & brown water snake (both non-poisonous)

Special Regulations: No picking flowers or feeding wildlife (especially gators). Stay off private property, no alcohol, glass, firearms, Styrofoam or trash. Fishing is allowed with a valid license.

Hillsborough River Info:

A 34.5-mile (55.5 km) canoe trail is designated by the State of Florida, starting at Hillsborough River State Park and ending at Rowlett Park in Tampa. Morris Bridge Park, Trout Creek Wilderness Park, Hillsborough River State Park Lettuce Lake Park, Riverfront Park, Riverhills Park, Angel of Hope Park, Rogers Park, Sulphur Springs Water Tower, and Rivercrest Park are all are located along the Hillsborough River.

 

**DIRECTIONS**

On north side of US 301 about 5 miles east of I-75. From I-75, exit onto Fowler Avenue and head east for 1.5 miles. Turn left onto US 301 and head north about 3 miles. Park entrance on left.

You can contact me (Sam) at[masked], if you need information, help or get lost.

There is an admission/parking fee (around $2.00).

 

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  • michele c

    Judy, I think they said, "Aw, they're having so much fun. Wish I could be with them."

    October 3, 2013

  • michele c

    Mandy, thanks for the exhilarating pickup truck ride--a remembrance of being a teenager.

    October 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Would have loved to hear the conversations of people who saw the bunch of us 'non-teenagers'­ riding in the back of that pickup!

      1 · October 3, 2013

  • diane

    nice meeting everybody..thank you for a peaceful relaxing paddle the owl looked so majestic sitting on the branch letting us take pictures of him/her

    October 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    excellent. even if it wuz a bit slow on the start:-)

    October 2, 2013

    • Elisa

      Thanks Kenny for shuttling me back!

      1 · October 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Glad to help

      1 · October 3, 2013

  • michele c

    Elisa, thanks for setting this up. Beautiful day. Thanks to Chris & Diane for getting us safely & gracefully across the log.

    October 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm not sure how 'graceful' it was - LOL - but it sure was fun!

      1 · October 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh my gosh - a great day on the river! Such a nice group of people, too - really look forward to paddling with you again - the day was just perfect, the company was awesome and the whole group was so helpful -- from the shuttling to loading/unloading/crossing the log - just everything - thanks Elisa for setting this up and many thanks to all the slackers for your welcoming attitudes!

    October 2, 2013

  • Elisa

    Awesome group to paddle with. Thanks you all for picking up where I did not!

    October 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great kayak! Thank you all.

    October 2, 2013

  • diane

    Elias call me[masked]

    October 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would love to come, but have a big garage sale this weekend. Have fun!

    September 30, 2013

  • Howard

    Oh... will be happy to pay the ten bucks before I set my kayak in the water... (gas will cost more to get there)

    September 27, 2013

  • Howard

    Looking forward to this...done this section many times...sometimes riding my bike vs using a car to shuttle... this is my first outing with this group... :-)

    September 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Sam I would like to go on this float. I am on the waiting list it appears. I will pay my $10 annual fee when I meet you there at the river. Let me know if this is ok.

    cheers
    Mike

    September 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Interested have trailer with 2 kayaks. Is there a place to park and unload. How do you launch it

    September 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you

      September 27, 2013

    • Sam G.

      Carol, you need to pay the $10.00 annual membership fee to participate in this paddle. I am moving you to the "want a spot" until you pay the fee or contact me to make other arrangements.

      September 27, 2013

  • Howard

    Just came back from Kayaking out west in the National Parks... hope a place opens up. Would like to meet local folks with same likes...

    September 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What about shuttle - how will that be arranged?

    September 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      What time would be 'earlier enough'?

      September 19, 2013

    • Elisa

      What ever time you need to unload your kayak and stuff and be ready to shuttle.

      September 19, 2013

  • Sheri A.

    dependent on jet lag issues

    September 18, 2013

    • Elisa

      Sure hope you can, It would be nice to see you and hear all about your trip up north.

      1 · September 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are there Kayaks available to rent? If so, how much are they?

    September 18, 2013

    • Elisa

      Please check with Sam. I tried calling Sargent Park, left a message. I have not heard back from them. Currently you are on your own unless another paddler has an extra kayak.

      September 18, 2013

  • Diane M

    I've got to work but my better half, Jack, is going to join you guys. So jealous.....

    September 18, 2013

  • diane

    can always launch from wilderness park go to sergeants for lunch and back to wilderness ....there would be no shuttle......

    September 18, 2013

  • amy

    This will be an awesome paddle during the week, wish I could get off work :-(

    September 18, 2013

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