Our city and its residents are bound closely by the Hillsborough River which cascades past pristine patches of cypress and pine trees, flows under busy public thoroughfares and meanders through beautiful conservation and park areas. It is brimming with wildlife and is an avian haven. Our residents enjoy it for relaxation and recreation.
Upstream, it is a narrow, winding body of water, well-suited to canoe and kayak exploration. Downstream, it is a broad and straighter passage used by power boaters, water-skiers, wake boarders and jet-skiers. There is good fishing to be had throughout, from casting tiny nymph flies in the upper narrows to employing Carolina-rigging for monster bass by the dam. Along its banks, one can watch an alligator sits motionless, waiting for the opportunity to feed on an unknowing fish, perfect formation of a covey of baby ducks, shepherded by their mother, a pink spoonbill claws for the sky, or a hawk diving seemingly out of nowhere only to fly off clutching a wriggling blue gill.
Our river is a constant source of joy and amazement to those familiar with it. We invite you to join in our wonder and explore this treasure; but please, “Leave no trace!”
Residents who share an interest in protecting and preserving the river are encouraged to call the Temple Terrace Police Department Marine Unit at 813.506.6500.