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Lower Hillsborough River Trout Creek to Riverhills Park

After paddling the upper Hillsborough River many times, there has been much talk about padlding 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.

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.

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.

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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  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful crisp morning. It was a pleasant transition from the wilds to urban development. Very insightful as to how the river is a part of our daily lives.

    January 28, 2013

  • Alvey S.

    A great paddle with fun people!!! Thanks for organizing this one Craig!

    January 26, 2013

  • Kristina

    Awesome. I had never seen this section of the river. Some nice big gators and a few babies. The birds were spectacular and of great variety. The cypress trees are some of the prettiest I have seen. Overyall it was a great day. Glad for the change of experience for the Hillsborough. Thanks Craig

    January 26, 2013

  • Craig G.

    Joe, Sam and I have extra Kayaks we can rent to you for $25.00 for the day.

    December 26, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Craig, do you have a tandem kayak that you are willing to rent, I have my Carolina 14.5, but wanted to bring a friend that never paddled.

      January 7, 2013

    • Craig G.

      Hey Robert, long time no see. I don't beleive any of us have a tandem, but you could always use my solution, the old tow rope. Remember the tow out at Caledesi that one summer day in the heavy wind. At least this is downstream without the heavy wind.

      January 7, 2013

  • lois v.

    I do not like to paddle upstream. It is much more relaxing going downstream. I have paddled the Hillsborough, but never this section.
    Are there dues or fees to join your group?

    January 7, 2013

    • Craig G.

      This paddle is downtream, so it should be enjoyable for all in the group. So far, there are no fees join our group.

      January 7, 2013

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