Hillsborough River - Sargeant Park to Trout Creek Park

  • September 28, 2013 · 10:00 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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  • Cynthea S.

    Great pictures from Amy and Ronda!! Thank you all!!

    1 · October 1, 2013

  • Dee

    A special thanks to photographer extraordinaire - Joe. Thank you for sharing your great pictures with all of us!

    2 · October 1, 2013

  • Deborah

    Hey when did y'all change the name of the group???

    September 30, 2013

  • Deborah

    I had a wonderful time also. It was great meeting everyone. Thx to all for your patiences with all my questions. Can hardly wait til next time:-)

    September 29, 2013

  • Ronda G

    Another wonderful paddle with old friends and met new friends too!

    1 · September 29, 2013

  • David W.

    Had a great time!

    1 · September 29, 2013

  • Diane M.

    Great paddle! Couldn't be happier spending my birthday paddling and with a great group to boot! Look forward to seeing y'all again.

    3 · September 28, 2013

    • amy

      Well, Happy Birthday! I wish I'd known so we could have had a little celebration. Next time.

      1 · September 28, 2013

    • Ronda G

      We would have! Happy birthday, Diane! Great meeting you.

      1 · September 29, 2013

  • Cynthea S.

    Wow, Amy, great pictures!!

    2 · September 29, 2013

  • Cynthea S.

    It was high, but well marked; very scenic! Thank you!

    1 · September 29, 2013

  • Laura

    Another fantastic paddle! Love the Slackers!!

    2 · September 28, 2013

  • Deborah

    Great run can't wait til next time.

    1 · September 28, 2013

  • Eddie

    Have to be off the river by noon so I was going to paddle up from Morris Bridge and meet everyone at the launch then paddle down to my take out. Sounds like the paddle up river will be a little trech so going to pass on this one. Enjoy!

    September 27, 2013

  • Rob

    Hi Sam, I am confirming that I need 2 kayaks for the Hillsborough river this Saturday. Are you going to print out maps for the shuttling of cars for those who do not know where to go?

    September 27, 2013

  • Carrie

    We're going to pass on this one - we'll do the next Sargeant Park/Trout Creek paddle. Thanks for all your hard work Sam.

    September 27, 2013

  • Sam G.

    Because of the large number of paddlers, I going to break this up into two launches. The first will go out at 9:30 and the second will go out at 10:30. Please let me know which you prefer.
    Thanks

    September 23, 2013

    • amy

      The paddle time has been changed for all to 10am

      September 26, 2013

    • Dee

      Thanks! These emails were being sent to my spam folder.

      September 27, 2013

  • Sam G.

    I now have the following Slackers who want to rent a kayak
    Peggy (1), Amy (2), Rob (2), Deborah (1), David (1) and Cynthea (1)
    Please confirm you will show up. If you do not cancel by noon Friday you will have to pay rental fees.
    Thanks

    September 26, 2013

    • amy

      Sam, I only need "1" kayak.

      September 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Since I am a beginner, looks like I need to wait for the next trip. I will not need a rental this Saturday. Thanks

      September 26, 2013

  • Sam G.

    OK, Since the water will be high I want to keep the group together.
    I'm changing the start time to 10:00 am for everyone.

    1 · September 26, 2013

  • Sam G.

    So far I have a need for rental Kayaks for
    Peggy (1), Amy (1), Rob (2), Deborah (1) and Erika (1).
    If any one else need a rental Kayak let me know

    September 24, 2013

  • Deborah

    Please forget what I just posted. I'm am going 10:30 please. Things are just a little crazy here sorry. Thank you:-)

    September 26, 2013

    • Deborah

      I will still need to rent a kayak also. Please and thank you:-)

      September 26, 2013

  • Deborah

    Looks like I'm going to have to cancel also due to some personal reasons. Sorry I'm going to miss out I was looking forward to this event and meeting everyone.

    September 26, 2013

  • Sam G.

    Due to heavy rains in the Tampa Bay area the Hillsborough River is extremely high. The paddle is not recommended for beginner paddlers. Sam

    September 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hay Sam thanks for the note! I'm going to have to cancel myself and guest!... My guest is a beginner!!

      September 25, 2013

  • Rob

    Request 2 kayaks for my guest and I.

    September 24, 2013

  • tina

    Sorry to miss the trip work has other plans for me

    September 24, 2013

  • Deborah

    Sam I would like 10:30 please :-)

    September 23, 2013

  • Kim M.

    9:30 for Sheila and I.

    September 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sam, I'd like the 9:30.

    September 23, 2013

  • Diane M.

    Sam, Jack & I will take the 1030am launch.

    September 23, 2013

  • Sam G.

    Will everyone who needs to rent a kayak for this trip please let me know.
    So far I have Amy (1), Rob (2), Deborah (1), Erika (1).
    Kayak rentals are $30.00. If you cancel after Friday a 4:00 pm you will still need to pay the rental since boats are loaded Friday's.
    Does anyone have an extra kayak they would like to bring and rent to the people who need a kayak.

    September 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Sam , I smoke crack on Mondays so yes I still need one, I also work retail, that explains a lot!! Thank you for all your help organizing all us!

      September 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I would like to rent one- thx

      September 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like the 930 lunch if it's possible

    September 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I meant launch

      September 23, 2013

  • Carrie

    9:30 launch for us. We like to get an early start should the weather rapidly deteriorate in the afternoon. Also, sometimes after a paddle, we like to grab a bite to eat w/friends at some local eatery on the water (or not). Thanks.

    September 23, 2013

  • michele c

    I'd like to start at 9:30. Thanks.

    September 23, 2013

  • Deborah

    Hey Sam I need to rent a kayak also. I thought I was going to have my own by now but it has not worked out. Can you get me the details of what I need to do:-)

    September 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great question ! Need a extra one

      September 22, 2013

  • Deborah

    Ok, I paid the membership fee but I'm still on waiting list. Is there something else I need to do.

    September 22, 2013

  • Deborah

    I see there is a waiting list is this with your own kayak also?

    September 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Stupid question how do I get to the home page to give ya some money????

      September 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I got payed!!!

      September 22, 2013

  • Diane M.

    I see some people have canceled but the waitlist remains the same. Am I missing something? How do I change from waiting to joining the fun?!

    September 22, 2013

  • Ed C.

    The Hillsborough is my favorite river. Sadly I can not paddle right now.
    Please give my spot to someone else.

    September 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just opened up two spots for the waiting list, so jump on it! I can not make it this time.

    September 20, 2013

  • Suzanne

    Is there anyone camping or would like to camp? And then, do Alafia the next day?

    April 24, 2013

    • Jim N

      camping at alfaia sp

      September 11, 2013

    • Judy D.

      camping at Alafia

      September 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just let me know?

    September 18, 2013

  • Carrie

    Shuttle - are we handling this ourselves? Thanks.

    September 15, 2013

  • amy

    Sam, I will need to rent one kayak please. Prefer a sit in but whatever you have available will be great.

    September 12, 2013

  • Jim N

    Sam, what state park are u camping at and what nights so we can reserve a site. thanks

    August 30, 2013

    • Sam G.

      I'm not planning to camp at this time but the best place to camp for these two paddles would be the Alafia County Park.

      August 31, 2013

  • Ed C.

    Due to a pulled muscle I'm forced to pass on my favorite river.

    August 30, 2013

  • Dan S.

    Sorry...I had a water heater go bad on me so i have to stay home and fix it or put in a new one

    August 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just did this one Saturday. The river was very high. It was great! No motorized boats. Much wildlife and the lunch stop is a nice half way point. Super easy in and out. The water was flowing quickly and there were a couple of obstacles. This was not a beginners paddle due to the high fast water and portage. I am sure the water will be lower and the tree obstacles cleared by next month. Tampa has had so much water lately the Alafia was closed at the put in and take out. But the Hillsbourgh did not disappoint. One of my favorite most beautiful scenic paddles!

    August 29, 2013

  • Mauri

    I am going to Bimini for my sister from another mothers 50th birthday party. .. I'll hit y'all up next time!

    August 20, 2013

    • Judy D.

      Bummer! - but Bimini sounds nice!

      August 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry have to cancel. prior engagement.

    August 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are canoes available to rent?

    August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can you rent a kayak?

    July 6, 2013

  • John

    Doing Alafia Sunday.

    June 26, 2013

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