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Canoe rentals now available at Lettuce Lake Park
Posted Oct 6, 2010 by Janine Dorsey
Updated Oct 6, 2010 at 10:03 AM
From my inbox ...
Visitors to Hillsborough County’s Lettuce Lake Park can now rent canoes and enjoy self-guided trips on the scenic Hillsborough River.
This new service is a direct result of park visitor requests to access the Hillsborough River, a State of Florida Designated Canoe Trail.
Canoe rentals and paddles are available for $25 for up to four hours. Required safety equipment such as a personal flotation device (PFD) and whistle are included. Cost over the four hour limit is $10 per hour. Cash is currently the only form of payment accepted.
Renters must be at least 18 years of age. A maximum of three people are allowed per canoe and children under 18 are welcome, but pets are not allowed. To rent a canoe visitors must have a valid driver’s license, plus sign a waiver form and a rental agreement. Kayaks will be available for rent soon.
A river trip will offer a look at “old Florida” with wildlife sightings of herons, ibis, limpkins, osprey, turtles, alligators and a variety of native plant and trees.
Outdoor enthusiasts that own their own canoe or kayak may use the park’s river access point by simply utilizing their annual park pass or paying the $2 entrance fee. These users will have to carry their equipment nearly 600 feet to the river access. The annual park pass is available for $100 per family, $50 for individuals and good for one year at all Hillsborough County regional parks.
Lettuce Lake Park is located at 6920 Fletcher Ave. There is a $2 fee per vehicle (up to eight people in vehicle) to enter the park. Call (813) 987-6204 for information.
Both the Upper Tampa and E.G. Simmons parks will begin canoe and kayak rentals soon to provide visitors access to saltwater environs.
For information about the Hillsborough County parks system and park passes visit