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Posted April 13, 2017 | 2:47 PM

County Helps Get People on the Water

Boat ramps, launch sites offer variety

Whether your nautical preference is a kayak or a cabin cruiser, Hillsborough County has an array of ramps and launch sites that make it easy and economical for skippers to get their boats on the water.

The County has 15 ramps for powerboats and other larger vessels, and many launch sites for kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards. Locations range from Cockroach Bay Preserve, where canoeists can launch to explore a mangrove-lined coast and watch the sun set over Tampa Bay, to the Williams Park Boat Ramp, where larger boats and their crews can set off for a day of fishing or sightseeing on the bay or the Alafia River.

Most of the county's 10 regional parks, and some small parks, have launch sites for paddle craft.

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Boat ramps at Medard Park.
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Fees:

  • Launching a hand-carried canoe or kayak is free.
  • Ramps for larger craft are $5 per day, payable at the launch sites, or $100 for an annual Regional Park Pass

The County strives to help people take full advantage of its waterfront assets and explore rivers, lakes, and Tampa Bay.

Some of the County's larger ramps are owned, maintained, or operated in conjunction with the City of Tampa or the state.

Photo Information: (Top) Kayakers set out on the water; (2nd) Medard Park Boat Ramps.