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Hillsborough River - Sargeant Park to Trout Creek Park

  • Nov 15, 2014 · 9:30 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.



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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  • Linda W.

    Another fantastic paddle and a beautiful day. Thanks for organizing it're the best!

    November 17, 2014

  • Laura

    An absolutely beautiful day for a paddle! A fun, fun day.

    November 16, 2014

  • Janet

    This was a great trip, Thank You!

    1 · November 15, 2014

  • James w.

    it was a great trip

    November 15, 2014

  • Matt

    This was another great paddle. Lots of wildlife, good weather and a chance to reconnect with old and new friends.

    November 15, 2014

  • Mike R.

    It was a nice paddle. Weather was perfect.

    November 15, 2014

  • Ronda G

    Oops! I forgot about this! Have fun!

    November 15, 2014

  • Janet

    Will bring extra straps and can move an extra yak one way or the other.

    November 14, 2014

  • LARRY R.


    November 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can you rent kayaks?

    November 10, 2014

    • Janet

      Ask Sam ;-)

      November 12, 2014

    • Sam G.

      Yes / How many

      November 12, 2014

  • Julie N

    Exam on Monday. Have to cancel.

    November 12, 2014

  • Adam T.

    I have to cancel, unfortunately ... work thingy in Orlando the same day :\

    October 25, 2014

  • Paul

    Is this a one-way paddle and if so, how do we arrange to get our kayaks back to the cars and how much does it cost to transports us and our kayaks?

    October 9, 2014

    • Adam T.

      Yes ... and we shuttle ourselves as a group (no cost) ... there is a small parking fee (like $2).

      October 9, 2014

  • Linda S

    I am supposed to camp at hillsborough sp site 26 fri and sat. Maybe I'll see you.

    September 21, 2014

    • Clare

      Sorry I missed this paddle. I love the Hillsborough. My wrist is messed up, so I took it easy this weekend, plus I had to help with my granddaughter's birthday party.
      The pictures are beautiful.

      September 22, 2014

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