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2-3 HOUR DOWNSTREAM TRIPS

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​TRIP 1- SARGEANT PARK TO MORRIS BRIDGE PARK

$56.00 + tax per Canoe or Tandem Kayak (2 paddlers)

$52.00 + tax per Solo Kayak (1 paddler)

PASSENGERS- guests who sit in the center of a canoe. They are not paddlers whose responsibility is to propel and steer the canoe.

 

Our tandem kayak cannot carry passengers.

*Passenger fees are a flat rate not by the hour*

In addition to 2 paddlers, some tandem canoes are large enough to accommodate center passengers as follows.

  • Age 11 or under (2 center passengers maximum): FREE

  • Age 12 or older (1 center passenger maximum):$10.00 

"Look at that alligator!" "Hey, over there's a limpkin!" "Did you say there were 14 turtles on that log?" "We came around this bend in the river and there was a family of wild pigs down at the edge of the river bank!" "I can't believe I saw a river otter!" These are typical things you might say to yourself and your friends when you're done paddling this trip. Trip 1 is everyone's favorite for its abundance of wildlife. It's the best place to see alligators in the wild. This is the trip we recommend for first time paddlers, birders, and photographers. Our latest launch for a 2-hour trip is 2:00 p.m.


2-hour paddling time; 4-1/2 miles

20 to 60 feet wide, canopied by large oaks and cypress;

70% shade, alternating sun and shade​​

Reservations strongly recommended

TRIP 2- MORRIS BRIDGE PARK TO TROUT CREEK PARK

$56.00 + tax per Canoe or Tandem Kayak (2 paddlers)

$52.00 + tax per Solo Kayak (1 paddler)

PASSENGERS- guests who sit in the center of a canoe. They are not paddlers whose responsibility is to propel and steer the canoe.

 

Our tandem kayak cannot carry passengers.

*Passenger fees are a flat rate not by the hour*

In addition to 2 paddlers, some tandem canoes are large enough to accommodate center passengers as follows.

  • Age 11 or under (2 center passengers maximum): FREE

  • Age 12 or older (1 center passenger maximum):$10.00 

Feelings of adventure and isolation await under a thick, green canopy as the river twists and turns the first hour and-a-half of this section. Then the river widens out. This section affords an opportunity to see a variety of different species of flora and fauna although not in the quantity that Trip 1 provides. As you pass Nature's Classroom watch out for the "trespassing" vultures. The winter months will provide you a glimpse of a staggering number of them as migratory vultures join with the year around resident population. You'll definitely want to "look alive" so they don't mistake you for lunch. This wide area of the river is great to view Osprey and in low water times (typically May/June) Roseatte Spoonbills. Exploring Trout Creek near the end of the trip takes you out of the cypress swamp into a hardwood hammock. Our latest launch for a 2-hour trip is 2:00 p.m.

 

2 hour paddling time; 4 miles
80% shade first 1-1/2 hours; then full sun

Reservations strongly recommended

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Roseate Spoonbill

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TRIP 3- TROUT CREEK PARK TO ROTARY PARK

$56.00 + tax per Canoe or Tandem Kayak (2 paddlers)

$52.00 + tax per Solo Kayak (1 paddler)

PASSENGERS- guests who sit in the center of a canoe. They are not paddlers whose responsibility is to propel and steer the canoe.

 

Our tandem kayak cannot carry passengers.

*Passenger fees are a flat rate not by the hour*

In addition to 2 paddlers, some tandem canoes are large enough to accommodate center passengers as follows.

  • Age 11 or under (2 center passengers maximum): FREE

  • Age 12 or older (1 center passenger maximum):$10.00 

This is a fantastic area for group outings and sun lovers. You'll see some 'gators and wading birds here, but the wider section of the river makes it easier for canoers to paddle side by side to enjoy the company of close companions. The incredible beauty of the forest and sky reflect in the calm water as you paddle through the "Narrows". Although not narrow for a canoe, this was as far up from Tampa Bay as ships (pirates?) could come and thus it was named the "Narrows". The last 40 minutes of paddling will take you through the edge of the suburban area of Temple Terrace. There is still a lot of nice scenery to take in as well as some breathtaking estates. Our latest launch for a 2-hour trip is 2:00 p.m.

 

2-hour paddling time; 5 miles full sun

Reservations strongly recommended

Great Blue Heron

  • Prices do not include park's $2.00 per car parking fee.

  • Prices do not include 8.5% sales tax.

  • 10% discount on non-holiday weekdays for Seniors (55 or older), AAA members, or military. 

  • Rates subject to change without notice.

  • Major credit cards accepted.

  • Gift Certificates available.

  • Shuttle back to the launch site, paddles, life vests, and river map are included in self-guided, downstream rental rates.

  • Reservations strongly recommended.

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Contact

(813) 986-2067

Address

Physical Address:

John B. Sargeant Park

12702 N US Highway 301

Thonotosassa FL 33592

Mailing Address:

15211 Merlinpark Place, Lithia, FL, 33547

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