The Hillsborough River is great for group outings. Each two
hours is a picnic area with restrooms so including a picnic
at the end of the trip or at a midpoint stop is easy. The
usually slow-moving water is suitable for all levels of paddling
ability. We offer special group pricing on Trip 3 only (see
Please consider your whole group when you are planning a group
outing. If you are an experienced paddler who would like to
take our six hour trip, that's great. Just remember that you
may have one or two first-time paddlers in the group and they
may never want to paddle again if you schedule something too
aggressive for their first outing. If you are arranging a
catered lunch at one of the parks or are parking a car (each
Wilderness Park site charges a $2.00 per car parking fee)
at one of the parks with all the food, make sure that everyone
knows that at a minimum they need to bring water or soft drinks
along with them in the canoe, otherwise, it might be a long
two hours before they can quench their thirst.
A group to us is 8 canoes or more. We require a 100% non-refundable
prepayment ten days in advance of a group reservation. However,
please make a tentative reservation as soon as you have selected
your trip, date, and time. We will reserve your slot for you
as a tentative and expect your prepayment ten days out. We
have learned over the years that although it is a little bit
of a hassle, it is a big help to the group organizer to collect
the money in advance from those folks expressing a desire
to canoe with the group. There are a lot of folks who think
they would like to go, think it's a good idea, will show up
if nothing better comes along, et cetera. The people who pay
their money in advance will show up (barring an extreme emergency)
and this ensures a successful group outing by having a good
turnout. This also helps us in our planning. Based on the
number of canoes in the group, we block out a time slot before
and after the group so our individual paddlers can still enjoy
the serenity they are seeking.
What about rain? It's unusual for it to rain all day in Florida,
but it does happen. If it should rain all day at our location
and you couldn't possibly go, we will schedule a rain date
for the group. Please notice that we judge the weather by
our location, not necessarily yours. Oftentimes in Florida
it rains on one side of the street and not the other. So if
you are 10 minutes or more away from us, your weather may
be completely different than ours.
Please ask your group to arrive 15 to 30 minutes (depending
on size of group) before check-in time so everyone will be
here on time.
welcome on all trips, however we offer special group pricing
on Trip 3 only. Regular rates apply on all other trips.
do not include park's $2.00 per car parking fee.
do not include 7% sales tax.
subject to change without notice.
credit cards accepted.
- Shuttle fee,
paddles, life vests, and river map are included in self-guided,
downstream rental rates.
required for special group pricing. Please
call 813-986-2067 to reserve.
For groups of 8 canoes or more who are more interested in
socializing than wildlife observation we recommend Trip 3.
This 2-hour trip is through a wider section of the river so
paddling side-by-side or rafting up together is no problem.
(If you are planning a weekend outing
for your group please note the additional restrictions below
in order to receive these group rates.)
Trip 3 only. Tandem canoes only.
No discounts on kayaks.
8+ canoes $43.00 per canoe (includes 2 paddlers -
see below for passengers)
Some Tandem canoes are large enough
to accommodate center passengers as follows:
Under 12 (2 center passengers maximum) FREE
12 - 17 (1 center passenger maximum) $8.00
18 or older (1 center passenger maximum) $12.00
These special arrangements may not
be combined with any other discounts or special offers,
and are not applicable to other areas of the river, hourly
rentals, guided, escorted trips, or other specialty trips.
weekend/holiday restrictions on group rates:
must be at 9:00 a.m. with a return by noon OR
start time of 2:00 p.m.
As we do
with all groups we require a 100% non-refundable
prepayment ten days in advance of a group reservation (as
noted in text above).
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