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Hillsborough River - Sargeant Park to Trout Creek Park

  • Jul 21, 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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  • A former member
    A former member

    It wuz a good day, good paddle, and good people. This wuz my second time out with the Slackers. I well do more.

    July 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Won't be able to make it, you all have fun!

    July 21, 2013

  • Ronda G

    Sorry. Fighting a bad cold. Next time. :(

    July 21, 2013

  • Julie

    Oh man, took someone's place at a week long training. See you next week!

    July 18, 2013

    • Julie N

      Hi this is Julie. I still have your shirt. I will bring it next weekend??

      July 20, 2013

  • Donna T.

    Unfortunately can not do tomorrow but will soon!

    July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm going to have to back out as well. I have a job opportunity that requires me to jump through several hoops and I need to concentrate on that and put play time aside for now.

    July 20, 2013

  • o'suzanna

    + 1 guest

    July 20, 2013

  • Stephen M

    sorry :(

    July 19, 2013

  • Stephen M

    sorry :(

    July 19, 2013

  • Laura

    Sadly, I won't be able to join you. I hope you have a great day!

    July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Sam! Looking forward to one of my favorite kayak trips in Florida with one of my favorite groups of people.

    July 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was thinking of bringing a guest too but wasn't sure if that was allowed now that we are a paid group. Are we allowed to bring a guest and if so, is there a charge?

    July 18, 2013

    • Sam G.

      Yes / You can bring a guest at no charge

      July 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    would like to go, bringing one guest.

    July 18, 2013

    • Sam G.

      Just signup an come / See you at the Meetup

      July 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have kayaks for me and my guest.

    July 18, 2013

  • SunAnnie

    I think We'll launch from Trout Creek at 10am and possibly meet you all at Sargent's Park for lunch at noon! Instead of shuttling, we will paddle upstream to Sargent's Park then paddle downstream back to Trout Creek! Let me know if you'd like to join us! Fyi. Pizza and drinks afterwards at CDBs!!

    July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Sam, don't know if you have me down for 1 kayak,please:-)
    Are we putting in and out at same spot or shuttle? What are the costs per kayak? Thnks

    July 15, 2013

    • Sam G.

      I have a kayak for you - We will start at Sargent Park, shuttle cars to the end and then paddle down rive to our cars.

      July 15, 2013

    • Sam G.

      Also the rental cost is $30.00

      July 15, 2013

  • diane

    do is steer water very high

    July 15, 2013

  • diane

    did it last week all you gotta `

    July 15, 2013

  • Leslie

    Sounds wonderful. I look foward to meeting everyone.

    July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will need to rent a kayak please.

    July 15, 2013

  • Sam G.

    If anyone needs to rent kayaks for this trip, please let me know so that I can arrange to makr then available.
    Thanks

    July 14, 2013

  • Carol M.

    We need to rent two kayaks.

    May 20, 2013

    • Sam G.

      Carol, Do you still need to rent two kayak?

      July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will not be coming to next Sundays (21st) paddle at Hillsborough River. So, Sam, I wont need a Kayak rental. Thanks have a great trip!

    July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can you bring a dog mine
    Kayaks with me

    July 10, 2013

    • Sam G.

      Yes / just be careful

      July 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yea not a good idea to bring her thanks

      July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    paying for a leaking roof, be there soon ole jim

    July 10, 2013

  • angel

    I paddled Hillsborough river and a portion of Dead river in the end of May with 2 Sierra Club members. It was a very scenic and relaxing, mostly in the shade paddle. You will enjoy that one

    July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm going on the June 29 paddle - same trip

    June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I need to rent a Kayak for this trip

    June 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    +1

    June 10, 2013

  • Lee Kunkel (.

    +1

    May 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    need to rent a kayak:-)

    April 11, 2013

  • Carol M.

    We need to rent two kayaks.

    February 1, 2013

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