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Hillsborough River

1101 E River Cove St, Tampa, FL 33604-3257
+1 813-975-2160
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State park campground in forest and along river.
  • Excellent63%
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  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
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“state park” (17 reviews)
“canoe trip” (7 reviews)
“canoe escape” (5 reviews)
1101 E River Cove St, Tampa, FL 33604-3257
+1 813-975-2160
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Reviewed 13 January 2016

The Hillsborough River winds its way through old Tampa and provides a potential resource for tourism. The river is not a particularly big river, but it brings the bay a little further in so everyone can enjoy it. We saw fishermen and bicyclists from Seminole...More

2  Thank CyndyandByron
Reviewed 2 January 2016

Twice over the past several years we have retreated from the confusion of modern cities and interstate highways and found real serenity on the Hillsborough River canoe trips near Morris Bridge Road. The river flows with enough current so you don't have to paddle very...More

4  Thank HerbMotley
Reviewed 11 November 2015

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...More

4  Thank TPPChef
Reviewed 23 October 2015

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...More

1  Thank FlaHarlock
Reviewed 6 October 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...More

4  Thank MissLaughsALot
Reviewed 5 October 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...More

3  Thank Anubus6
Reviewed 23 September 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...More

5  Thank rcholden
Reviewed 15 September 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

2  Thank robertsG6500KS
Reviewed 14 September 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...More

2  Thank Tom T
Reviewed 18 August 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...More

5  Thank Alisson B
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Cathy R
2 June 2015|
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Response from LvmjV | Reviewed this property |
Not to my knowledge ~ just some resting places. Then again I only kayaked a section.
21 March 2015|
Response from G2services | Reviewed this property |
There are no boat rentals on the river. You can rent a canoe at the Hillsborough State Park. The most fun would be a canoe or kayak trip from the park down to USF.
catherine R
25 December 2014|
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Response from katlizzy | Reviewed this property |
Hi, dogs are allowed on a lease. There are several camp sites. I would recommend spring or fall. Summers are crowded and very humid and hot. Lots of insects. Winter is good too but it can get cold.