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Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve

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Awesome if you can go by boat!

So many birds and a lot of wildlife in this area; spring is awesome for birds. We have a skiff so... read more

Reviewed 22 April 2018
Tampa, Florida
There's a land trail system in addition to the canoe/kayak trails

Most of the info on this site is about the well-known, long-standing canoe & kayaking trails. But... read more

Reviewed 17 March 2018
Karen L
Tampa, Florida
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Hillsborough County, Ruskin, FL
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Reviewed 22 April 2018

So many birds and a lot of wildlife in this area; spring is awesome for birds. We have a skiff so can get back there from the bay side. Be careful about low tide!

Thank MikeTampaFL
Reviewed 17 March 2018

Most of the info on this site is about the well-known, long-standing canoe & kayaking trails. But there is also a system of hiking trails, one of which is called the Trefoil Trail, and it's hard to get good information about the hiking trails. The...More

2  Thank Karen L
Reviewed 3 March 2018

This was a nice place for a quiet nature walk and place to see lots of shore birds. According to the person manning the office most of the area is no longer maintained but we were free to wander anywhere we liked. We walked up...More

1  Thank cpbaum2014
Reviewed 22 February 2018 via mobile

This is a fun paddle one the edge of Cockroach Bay and Tampa Bay. It winds through many mangrove islands. The signage is pretty good, but there were a few times where it is difficult to find the trail. Take a GPS. We had no...More

1  Thank jimblackjim
Reviewed 11 December 2017

Parking area and boat launch in an estuary. Lots of people using it the day we were there, but still room for all. Mangroves around it with channels big enough for kayaks, and the main channel leads out to the Little Manatee River.

Thank Wayne-Librarian
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

Nice afternoon. Low key quiet time type spot. Great place to see natural Florida. Local fishing spot.

Thank Psuzanne75
Reviewed 5 July 2017

We took south trail. Took approx. 2 hours of easy paddling. Will definitely be going back to take north route.

Thank JJaammeess55
Reviewed 15 March 2016

We were driving thru the area and were intrigued by the name of this place, so got off the Tamiami Trail (Route 41), south of Ruskin and headed west on Cockroach Bay Road toward Tampa Bay. At the end of the road there were inlets,...More

6  Thank Pnemiller
Reviewed 29 February 2016

Near the end of the road we found all kings of birds including white pelicans, spoonbills and ibis - great birding spot - the end of the road is a boat ramp. We did not take the trail off Gulf City Road

1  Thank Retiredbeanctr
Reviewed 19 February 2016

I love kayaking at Cockroach Bay. If you want to stay on the marked trails, you can, but there are a lot of islands that you can leave the trail and explore. You can drive right up to the water to unload your kayak or...More

3  Thank Karen S
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26 February 2018|
Response from Karen L |
Yes, there is a fairly extensive set of trail loops, several of which are wonderful for birding. The parking area and trailhead are on the west side of Gulf City Rd., about 1/4 mi north of Cockroach Bay Rd. There's a short... More
15 January 2018|
Response from Wayne-Librarian | Reviewed this property |
Yes. To say this is a ‘center’ is a stretch. It’s a parking area and boat launch surrounded by nature (water, mangroves, etc.)