Lower Hillsborough River Trout Creek to Riverhills Park

After paddling the upper Hillsborough River many times, there has been much talk about paddling this section of the river.

This part of the River has a charm of its own.  There is plenty of wildlife, and the homes that line sections of the river are a site to see.  We'll paddle to Rotary park, have lunch, then continue on to Riverhills park.  The section from Trout Creek to Rotary park is about 4 miles, and the section from Rotary to Riverhills is about the same.  The distance for this paddle is very similar to the distance in the upper portion.

After unloading our Kayaks, we'll shuttle to Riverhills park.  At the end of the paddle, we'll take drivers back to Trout Creek.  Riverhills Park is right off of 56th Street just south of Busch Blvd.

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, Rotary 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.

**START TIME**
On the water at 10:00 am sharp, after the shuttle. If you are late, paddle maniacally downstream until you find the group enjoying a casual paddle.


**STUFF**
Make sure to bring water, food, sunblock, bug gunk, and safety gear. There are restroom facilities in the park. Oh, you might want to bring a kayak, too......!

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  • Connie

    What a pretty section of the river, nice change. Great day on the water with some really fun people. Thanks Sam for putting this one together and getting us out on the water!!!

    September 30, 2013

  • Toni

    Sorry I couldn't make..I thought it looked longer than 8 mile....!

    September 29, 2013

  • Ron

    Excellent! Good company, Great journey, great weather, although there were a few clouds, Sam next time no clouds!! Thanks Sam Great choice and run 2:45 minutes almost 12 miles I Enjoyed!

    1 · September 29, 2013

  • Toni

    I would like to just do first part too! We can shuttle together? Meet at Trout Creek at 9ish??? Diane Michael....look for me. White ford Explorer with green kayak inside...we can do that?

    September 28, 2013

    • Diane M.

      Toni, will do. We'll probably get there about 915. White van, salt life sticker.

      September 29, 2013

  • Diane M.

    Sam, Jack & I would love to do the first part and get off at Rotary Park. Is there someone who is willing to pick Jack up at Rotary in the a.m. and shag him back to Trout or do we need to bring 2 vehicles?

    September 28, 2013

    • Sam G.

      We can leave your car at Rotary Park. No problem

      September 28, 2013

  • carly j.

    I finally freed up my sundays from here on in and thought I'd do some kayaking on the ole Hills....but alas, looks like it won't happen,....there's just you?

    September 28, 2013

    • Sam G.

      Carly, Come on and join me. I know there will be a number or people who will be doing this paddle, plus I would like to discuss the question you emailed me.

      1 · September 28, 2013

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