Hillsborough River - Sargeant Park to Trout Creek Park

  • December 15, 2012 · 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.

 

**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.

    This is my favorite stretch of the river--shady & surounded by old bald cypresses.

    December 15, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      was great to see you Michelle

      December 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    great part of the river

    December 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Funny, bumping into you guys out there. It looked like a beautiful day to be ON the water. My son and I had a nice hike ALONG the river. :-) I posted the pics that I took of some of you.

    December 15, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      It was great to see you........and to see your son sharing such a beautiful place.......more parents need to do this with kids............

      December 18, 2012

  • JoAnn

    On our way. 15 mins

    December 15, 2012

  • Chris M.

    I can't get my trailer lights to work so I have to cancel as I have no way to transport my 'yak.

    December 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just curious how the water level is on this part of the river.....I heard it was very low up near Morris Bridge area..............will we need to portage the kayaks?????

    December 14, 2012

    • Sam G.

      We recently had some rain so it should be OK.

      December 14, 2012

  • Sam G.

    I have three people who have paid to rent kayaks for this weekends paddle. They are Lesek, Laura and Cy. If anyone else needs to rent a kayak they will need to contact the kayak rental place at the putin.

    December 13, 2012

    • Julie N

      I have room for 2 kayaks if you need them for rentals. Let me know. See you at 9:00am

      December 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This group of slackers is getting bigger and bigger!! :D Hope to make it next time! Have fun!

    December 14, 2012

  • Linda R.

    Hey Julie,
    Do you have rooom for an additional rider & kayak again?? I may go to Alderman's Ford too, Let me know, II see you have a guest so if it is not convenient I understand!!

    December 11, 2012

    • Julie N

      I invited teachers from school. Its still up in the air how many might go. I have to decline this time.

      December 11, 2012

  • Craig G.

    There has been some interest in posting a paddle continuing on to rotary park. That adds 4 miles to the paddle. Is anyone interested? We could leave a couple of cars there for the shuttle. This option is not recommeded for those renting Kayaks or the casual paddler. Experience is required.

    December 6, 2012

    • JoAnn

      How late do u think we wld be out if we did the extra paddle? I wld like to do it but I just need to be home by 4.

      December 11, 2012

    • Craig G.

      We aren't planning to do the longer paddle today. Lets try this one with a smaller group after New Years.

      December 11, 2012

  • Sam G.

    For people who want to rent Kayaks you will need to pay here. At the top of the page under the address of where we start the paddle is a place to pay. All payments must be in by 6:00 pm Thursday. If you decide to rent a kayak from the park you will pay double.

    December 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    how do we get back to our cars?

    December 11, 2012

    • Sam G.

      We will shuttle cars

      December 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    and should we bring lunch or is there a place to buy?

    December 11, 2012

    • Sam G.

      Bring lunch / snack - we will stop to take a brake and eat half way.

      December 11, 2012

  • Julie N

    Hi Craig. This is Juli. I'm interested in the longer paddle. I can bring me trailer if it will here.

    December 10, 2012

  • Craig G.

    Chris, its the opposite of the first 8 miles. More developed, with houses on one or both sides, if I remember correctly. Its been a couple of years. The river widens, and the current slows a bit. I would do it more for the challenge, distance and exercize.

    December 6, 2012

  • Chris M.

    I am interested, what is the additional 4 miles like? Worth the time?
    I probably will have a kayak trailer that can hold up to 5 kayaks.

    December 6, 2012

  • angel

    Where is the link to rent a kayak, Sam? I can't see it..

    November 29, 2012

  • Sam G.

    Anyone wanting to rent a kayak please pay above.

    November 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, do you paddle round trip? If not, how do you bring your kayaks back?
    Also, how do you feel about kids attending (with adults of course)?
    Thanks :)

    November 22, 2012

    • Sam G.

      Also kids are welcome as long as they can swim.

      November 25, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      great thanks!

      November 25, 2012

  • Cy E.

    Sam, could I rent one of your kayaks this time around?

    November 24, 2012

  • Carol M.

    Hi Sam. Will need to rent a kayak. Thank you! All your trips are just great.

    October 4, 2012

    • Sam G.

      OK / I will have a kayak for you.

      October 7, 2012

  • Joanne L.

    Helen Y: could you post an actual photo of yourself? I like to put a face to a name.

    August 22, 2012

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