To preserve the nature experience and protect our wildlife and river, the following are not allowed on any Canoe Escape:

  • All of our downstream trips require transportation in our vans. You MUST be wearing a facemask AT ALL TIMES while in our vans, NO EXCEPTIONS. If you are not comfortable wearing a mask or sharing the van with up to 14 people, you may make arrangements for alternate transportation or do our hourly out and back rental, which does not require transportation.

  • No dogs (we love 'em but so do the 'gators!)

  • No radios (listen to nature's symphony)

  • No waterguns, frisbees, silly string, et cetera

  • No swimming

  • No styrofoam

  • No glass

  • No chainsaws

  • All children younger than six and non-swimmers must wear life jackets.

  • Please bring back all trash.

  • Last downstream pick up is 5:00 p.m. Please be on time! Last hourly rentals must be back at park at 5:00 p.m.!

Since our paddling trips go through protected preserve areas, Hillsborough County Ordinances prohibit:

  • Picking of flowers

  • Injuring, capturing or feeding of wildlife (alligators are a protected species in Florida. It is against state law to feed or molest them)

  • Destruction or removal of plants, rocks, driftwood, or any other objects.

  • No hunting of any animals

County ordinances PROHIBIT the possession and consumption of alcohol in the parks. 

  • All Canoe Escape staff members are authorized by ownership to do cooler checks at their discretion


To see the full Hillsborough County Parks Ordinance, click here

Fishing is permitted however a valid Florida freshwater fishing license is required. You may obtain one over the telephone by calling 1-888-FISH-FLORIDA or by clicking here