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Hillsborough River

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Address: 1101 East River Cove, Tampa, FL 33612
Phone Number: 813-975-2160
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State park campground in forest and along river.

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Great place to kayak

USF students can a kayak for $5/ two hours @ Fowler Ave near I75. Lettuce Lake state park cost $2 to get in and also rent canoes. Heading north on the river, you will find all... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Tampa, Florida

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

USF students can a kayak for $5/ two hours @ Fowler Ave near I75. Lettuce Lake state park cost $2 to get in and also rent canoes. Heading north on the river, you will find all types of wildlife. Gator, birds, and turtles everywhere. They are so much fun to watch.

Thank TPPChef
Tavares, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spent the weekend at Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk right on the Hillsborough River. So much to see and do here. Watched the sunset right over the river. Fish jumping, tons of boats cruising, and lots of folks enjoying the river and Riverwalk. Now there's a water taxi that gives tours of the rich & famous homes on the river. My favorites... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

I'm so glad Tampa is finally making the most out of the riverfront. It's a tidal river, so the water flows upstream when the tide comes in, which I've never seen before. You can see dolphins and manatees, and it's a great place to kayak or paddle board, or just stroll the new river walk.

Thank MissLaughsALot
Tarpon Springs, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

The Hillsboro River is a great place to Canoe. It is filled with wildlife to include a few Alligators from time to time. There are nice areas where you can pull off to pick fruit or just relax in the sun. It does get pretty shallow in spots so be careful.

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Seffner, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

I've been boating and fishing on the Hillsborough River for over 40 years and have seen much change. I only go in the freshwater portion which is above the dam near Rowlett Park. This is NOT a review of the brackish portion that flows through the downtown Tampa area. From the 56th Street bridge upriver, all the way to Nature's... More 

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Valrico, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Great little river to take the boat for a cruise. We enter from the Bay and go up river to Ricks for lunch on the weekends

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

A great park to visit for the day. Rented a canoe and traveled the river for a couple of hours. there was plenty of wildlife and alligators along the river and it was very relaxing. After canoeing we took a hike along the orange blaze trail, which took you deep into the woods. overall great time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I am a Tampa native/resident. My dad and I have canoed the river ever since I was 4 years old. We like to bring our own canoe, rather than rent one at the rental places out there because the rental places usually only go on a small portion of the river. We like going on about 6 miles of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

A beautiful place for relaxing fresh air and. I Enjoy to walk around area great view and I felt like safely in evening time

Thank Kai M
Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Live on the Hillsboro River,A great place for boating ,fishing.and during the cold season you may see a manatee are two.

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