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Hillsborough River - Sargeant Park to Trout Creek Park

  • Jun 29, 2013 · 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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  • Wes C

    Challenge was to get in and out of the water in the rain. We were up for it though. The river was beautiful. Enjoyed meeting everyone.

    July 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Rain or Shine with a sprained ankle it was fun!

    July 1, 2013

    • Wes C

      You were lucky it didn't swell much.

      1 · July 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I know

      July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Glad to hear it was just a sprain Summer.

    July 1, 2013

  • Laura

    Such a fun day - even with the rain!

    June 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    the river was nice and relaxing ,

    June 29, 2013

  • Moira O

    Great day!

    June 29, 2013

  • Joan

    Even with the rain had a great time.

    June 29, 2013

  • lois v.

    I'm sorry that I cannot join you in the morn. Hope someone geta to take my place.

    June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry for the late notice canceling, I've got a small family emergency to take care of. Have a great paddle!

    June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    car accident, no transportation, next time.
    sorry, was looking foward to it

    June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unable to make it.

    June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unable to make it.

    June 28, 2013

  • Joanne L.

    With no camping for Saturday I'll skip this and just do Sunday.

    June 28, 2013

  • Julie N

    Helping my daughter move to Orlando. Day 1 of ???

    June 27, 2013

  • John

    I have to fiz some things at home. Sorry to miss this I haven't done it yet.

    June 27, 2013

  • Heidi

    I have to help mom and dad move. It was originally Sunday but now Saturday. See ya next time.

    June 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i have an invite to the Everglades this weekend...plus 50 seems like a Lot of peeps! Y'all have a great time!!

    June 26, 2013

  • Craig G.

    If anyone needs to rent a Kayak, you need to let me know by Thursday afternoon in order to have one for you Saturday.

    June 26, 2013

  • Craig G.

    For those that would like to camp, apparently, the camp grounds are full. If you would like to Stay at my place, I have my apartment to myself for the next week, so your welcome to stay over. Reply to this thread if you would like to stay at my apartment Saturday night.

    June 25, 2013

  • Larry C.

    Sorry cant make it

    June 24, 2013

  • Craig G.

    If anyone is comming over from the East Coast, check out the Lower Hillsborough paddle on Sunday. Stay in the area, then paddle the next 8 miles of the Hillsborough with us. Let me know if I can help with places to stay, ie. camp / Canoe Outpost

    June 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Right now everything looks in line so I can do this. I am in on the shared camp sites. Just let me know how much. And I will need to rent a kayak for those two days Mr. Craig.

      June 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I would like to camp as well.

      June 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can I rent a kayak there?

    June 22, 2013

    • Craig G.

      Betty, the organizers of the Slackers rent Kayaks for our members. I will confirm later in the week with you and have a kayak available for you.

      June 24, 2013

  • Suzanne

    I have paddled this a few times. Is anyone going to camp that weekend? I am driving from the East coast of Florida.

    April 24, 2013

    • Joanne L.

      I would like to camp as well. No need to drive home two hours after a paddle to do again the next day - twice.

      June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well life has a way of making you feel small sometimes :p. I won't be getting my kayak. Anyone have one I can rent? If not I have to drop out of this weekend's events.

    June 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you. I will be there Friday night for the campout. Will need to rent for both paddle days.

      June 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oops wrong date. Just need the one day renter :p

      June 20, 2013

  • Sheila B

    plus one

    June 17, 2013

  • Craig G.

    Anyone have a bus?

    June 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I haven't suv

      1 · June 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I meant have a SUV. Stupid phone! Lol

      June 13, 2013

  • Craig G.

    For this type of trip, WE DO NOT NEED trailers. We need larger vehicles to bring people back from the take out. We will drop our kayaks and gear off at Sargents park, then drive to Trout Creek. We will park our cars, then car pool back to Sargents in a few cars as possible.

    May 13, 2013

    • Victoria P

      With this many people we'll need a couple of buses!

      June 8, 2013

    • John

      I can fit 4 people in my new car. 5 if you want to get friendly.

      June 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My trailer carries 8 plus 2 more on my truck.

    May 2, 2013

  • Victoria P

    This paddle will require a shuttle..I'll put both racks on my cartop..does anyone have access to a trailer?

    May 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I can fit 2 kayaks on my roof.

      May 2, 2013

  • Craig G.

    For you guys on the wait list, Slacker events are for dues paid members. Go to the pay online button above. We'll move you on the list after payment confirm.

    May 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Need to rent a Kayak:-)

    April 11, 2013

    • Craig G.

      Brit, I can rent you a Kayak for this paddle.

      May 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    By the ed of June we may be full on to the rainy season. What this means is a narrow river that is now a half mile wide and now not following its banks. The river is marked by ribbons. Canoe Escape, the outfitter does this so that first timers do not get lost. I've paddled this a number of times and find it quite fun. The thing to remember is that this is nature. We might get a lot of rain or no rain

    April 16, 2013

  • Victoria P

    Who is leading this paddle?

    April 15, 2013

    • Victoria P

      Sorry Craig..didnt notice ya so far down the list..might want to add yourself as host..

      April 16, 2013

    • Craig G.

      I did, so I don't know why I'd be so far down on the list. Your assistance would be much appreciated on this one.

      April 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've never been on this river! Looking forward to it.

    April 11, 2013

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