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About Trout Creek Park

Located near the mouth of Trout Creek, this property on the Hillsborough River is popular for fishing, canoeing and group picnics. It is a pleasant place to get away for a midday break or to take small children for a mini-adventure.

Prior to District acquisition, development of a small housing subdivision had begun on the north side of the river. Concrete foundations and other artifacts remain for the astute observer. The lakes east of the entrance road are all man-made, either the result of borrow pits where fill dirt was removed to help build the levee and park facilities, or mitigation for road work that impacted wetlands.

The District operates an adjacent water-control structure on the Hillsborough River under agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Recreational Opportunities

Bicycling

Bird Watching

Boating and Paddling

  • Boating fee.
  • Canoe launch provides access to Hillsborough River State Canoe Trail.
  • To get to Trout Creek, paddle upstream for a short distance to the opening. Water is usually not high enough to navigate far.

Fishing

  • From river boardwalk, along riverbank, by boat on Hillsborough River or Trout Creek, and on banks of lakes.
  • Contact FWC for license requirements.

Hiking

  • Nature trail is a short, easy walk on a firm surface suitable for families and strollers. At the end of the trail, a primitive trail loops back through floodplain forest to parking area.
  • Fishing trails around lakes. Beware of uneven terrain.
  • Cross-country runners and hikers enjoy the Wilderness Park Off Road Trails System. Beware of fast-moving bicycles.

Picnic Facilities

  • Picnic tables and three pavilions with grills and electricity provided.
  • Pavilions may be reserved in advance for a fee.


 


Access and Parking

  • From I-75 exit at Fletcher Avenue, head northeast on Morris Bridge Road for 0.5 miles. Look for park entrance on left. Follow road 1 mile to parking area.
  • Canoe launch has separate parking.
  • Watch for bicycles on road.
  • Admission fee.
  • ADA access and facilities available.

Restrooms and Water

Restroom, water fountain, pay telephone, bike wash and recycling container.

Dogs

  • Dogs must be on a leash no more than six feet in length.
  • Owners are requested to pick up after dog.

For More Information

  • Trout Creek Park, (813) 987-6200
  • Hillsborough River Canoe Trail maps available from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Greenways and Trails, 1-877-822-5208 (toll free) or (850) 245-2052
  • Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department, (813) 672-7876


Visit this Property

(This tract is part of the Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve.)

Street Address

12550 Morris Bridge Road
Thonotosassa, FL 33592
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Size

42 acres

Hours of Operation

Daily from sunrise to sunset.

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Conservation Lands of Southwest Florida
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