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Hillsborough River - Sargeant Park to Trout Creek Park

  • May 17, 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.

 

**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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  • Shari

    Beautiful day on a beautiful river with friends, it was awesome!!

    May 18, 2014

  • Wes C

    Couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day and more organized organizer. Thanks, Sam.

    1 · May 18, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Just a bluebird day!

      1 · May 18, 2014

  • Famous A.

    Great trip.

    May 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I didn't see anything in the trip description as to launch time. What time does the paddle begin?

    May 16, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sam just learned my daughter is flying in tomorrow evening. Realistically, what time will we get off the river (I have not done this river)

      May 16, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm out, too tight w/ time to pick up my daughter. Was really looking forward to this run. Enjoy the day.

      May 16, 2014

  • Elizabeth P

    I'm not sure if I will be paddling on this trip but just in case, I have a reservation for 15 people (might be able to extend that) for Oak Ridge campground in the Lower Hillsborough tract for Friday and Saturday nights. It's a SWFWMD property, primitive (only one portalet) but it's beautifully situated, very clean and you can hike around the area as well. There are picnic tables, fire pits and a nice pavilion. Several of us have camped there before. It's off Morris Bridge Road and Cross Creek Blvds about 5 miles from Morris Bridge Park. Publix strip mall within 1/4 mile. Oh…and it's FREE (my favorite 4-letter word.

    2 · March 4, 2014

    • Elizabeth P

      Sent an email to campers and you should reply so I can send you the pdf of camping permit. I couldn't attach it to the email sent via Meetup.

      May 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you E"

      May 16, 2014

  • Sam G.

    Will anyone need to rent a kayak from me for this trip on the Hillsborough?

    May 16, 2014

  • David B

    I'm planning on launching from Trout Creek going upstream, and meeting up with the Group as they come downstream. Camping at Oak Ridge. Thank you Elizabeth.

    May 15, 2014

  • Elizabeth

    Reading all the post is confusing. Going up, goin down, long ways, short way, different ways. I know tonite Wed. they say gulley washer for Thursday nite, Fri maybe rain. Don't know how that will effect rivers for the weekend. What to do? Short run, long run, upstream, downstream, other streams, camping or not, what is the actual plan, or does everyone have a different plan.

    4 · May 13, 2014

    • Craig G.

      Good Plan

      May 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      best plan yet LOL

      May 15, 2014

  • Nona

    My doggie must go to the vet. See you all on the Alafia.

    May 15, 2014

  • Julie N

    Anyone want to do 16 miles instead of just 8.

    March 14, 2014

    • Alex G.

      Eric and I will do the longer paddle Julie

      May 12, 2014

    • Bill B

      I will arrive early enough to do the long paddle.

      May 14, 2014

  • Sheila B

    Julie, where do we meet Saturday morning at 8:45 for the long paddle, and where are we going to shuttle to?

    May 13, 2014

    • Julie N

      John B Sargeant Sr Park
      12702 U.S. 301
      Thonotosassa, FL 33592

      May 14, 2014

    • Julie N

      @8:45, finish at Rotary

      May 14, 2014

  • Bill B

    I am interested in the long paddle.

    May 14, 2014

  • Clare

    I am going out of town with family this weekend , so I have to cancel. I hate to miss paddling on my favorite river , but I also miss my family. Enjoy yourselves

    May 14, 2014

  • Carol M.

    I need to cancel both the trip and the kayak rental because I am in New Hampshire for a family matter. Thank you! Have fun!

    May 13, 2014

  • Sam G.

    Your kayak will be fine for this river

    May 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Sam! I have a small kayak if you remember. Would that be ok to take or I need to rent a longer one? Let me know. Roxanna

    May 13, 2014

  • Julie N

    The long trip, be it 12 or 16 or 20 miles, will have a shuttle promptly 8:45. Please do not be late - because we will leave without you.

    May 12, 2014

  • Charlie H.

    Is anyone interested in paddling upstream from Trout Creek to Morris Bridge. It is an easy paddle since the water flow is low. We can meet the downstream group at Morris Bridge for lunch and then paddle back. This gentle upstream paddle eliminates the need for the shuttle.

    April 28, 2014

    • Elizabeth P

      Definitely, Lisa. Especially if you want to explore 17 Runs just after the launch from Sargent's Park! That's the best part about kayaking. No one can get into these tight spots.

      May 9, 2014

    • Elizabeth P

      Charlie, my friend and I are always debating whether to bring saws to open up the creek after the last impassable log, but personally I think wilderness ought to remain wilderness sometimes.

      May 9, 2014

  • Elizabeth P

    I'm removing myself from the "Going" list to make space for those on the Waiting List. I will still be rollin' on the river, probably just a different route.

    May 8, 2014

  • Lisa H.

    I have never done this Hillsboro paddle before and am looking forward to it. Since the Alafia paddle is Sunday, and that's on my way home, is it possible to try to do that paddle, too? It doesn't look too far from Hillsboro......

    April 29, 2014

    • Sam G.

      It's not far from the Hillsborough. That why I schedule them together so people who dont live nearby can come, camp and do both.

      April 29, 2014

  • lois v.

    sorry to drop out of this float. conflict of interest.

    April 26, 2014

  • Carol M.

    Hi Sam. If a kayak is still available for rental for the Sargeant Park to Trout Creek trip on May 17th, I would like to pay for it ASAP. Thank you. If not, I will reserve with Canoe Escape.

    April 22, 2014

    • Sam G.

      We will arrange to have you a kayak

      1 · April 22, 2014

    • Carol M.

      Thank you! Can't wait!

      April 22, 2014

  • Lisa H.

    I would like that Julie.

    March 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    anyone camping? thinking of camping little manatee on wkend and doing Lm river monday

    February 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Jim! It's a ways off...but I was thinking about camping the weekend (Fr & Sa), but probably wouldn't be able to stay to Mon.

      1 · February 12, 2014

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