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Hillsborough River, John B. Sargent Park, Tampa FL

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Our Route Summary

  • Submitted by: Al Vazquez
  • Date Submitted: 4/99
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  • Location: John B. Sargent Park, just outside Tampa FL
  • Class: Typically flat water
  • Distance Paddled: round trip distance is up to you, or you may paddle to another takeout (see map link below)
  • Water: fresh
  • Wildlife: oaks draped with Spanish Moss, sabal palms, magnolias, fish

Entry and Exit

  • Directions: 8 miles north of Tampa on U.S. 301
  • GPS: N 28 deg 04.866' W 082 deg 17.140'
  • Fee: $2 per vehicle
  • Description: Boat ramp with adjacent floating dock
  • Parking: parking near launch
  • Facilities: Rest rooms, picnic areas

Click Here to See Canoe Trail Map

What We Saw

As you'll see on the map at left, this state park launch point is one of many access points to the Hillsborough River, one of the most organized and well mapped canoe trails anywhere. And access points are conveniently located in and near Tampa.

This park is one of our favorite places to picnic because of the wonderful canopy of trees that covers the table.  
  And the river is beautiful in this area. You'll pass water lilies and paddle under a lush canopy.