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Recreation at Terra Ceia Aquatic Preserve Quick Topics

Paddling is a great way to experience Terra Ceia Aquatic Preserve. Kayaks and canoes are the conveyances of choice for increasing numbers of fishermen, sightseers and wildlife watchers. Several paddling trails have been marked within the preserve as part of the Manatee County Blueways Network. However, some of markers were not installed in the intended locations or are missing so caution needs to be exercised.

The diversity of the Terra Ceia River/Frog Creek system makes it especially enjoyable and educational as a paddling route. From saltwater species downstream to freshwater assemblages upstream, the trip gives paddlers a good idea of what many of Tampa Bay's tidal creeks were like before they were altered. Navigable waters for paddling extend from the Tampa Bay Aquatic Preserve office at the Haley site to the borrow pit parcel, at the intersection of I-275 and U.S. 41 3.5 miles upstream.

Adjacent public lands also provide limited recreational opportunities, such as hiking, bicycling, picnicking and fishing.

There is only one boat launch, but improvements are planned.

Public access map of Terra Ceia Aquatic Preserve

Public Access Points in Terra Ceia Aquatic Preserve (pdf - 1.22 MB)








Last updated: October 20, 2015

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