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Conservation and Environmental Lands Management Department

Park/Preserve Closures and Disruptions of Services

  • E.G. Simmons Park - West Campground
    • The west campground is currently unavailable as we make improvements. Re-opening is planned for October 15, 2016. The east campground remains open with full access to all amenities.
  • Wilderness Park - Flatwoods Loop
  • New Hours at Courtney Campbell Boat Ramp
    • Beginning April 15th the Courtney Campbell Boat Ramp will have new hours.  The ramp will be closed, daily, from 11 p.m. - 4 a.m.
  • Apollo Beach Preserve
    • Hillsborough County Conservation & Environmental Lands Management will close the Apollo Beach Nature Preserve on April 11, 2016, to protect public safety during the second phase of the Apollo Beach shoreline restoration project. The closure of the preserve is necessary to allow heavy equipment to be safely used. The preserve is expected to reopen by Mid July.

      Hillsborough County is partnering with the Apollo Beach Waterway Improvement Group (ABWIG) to mitigate erosion at the Apollo Beach Nature Preserve. As part of the project, eight lime rock breakwaters have been installed to reduce wave energy, minimize erosion, and reduce the amount of sediment washing into the boat channel. The project also includes dune restoration, a living shoreline, and a designed area for beach fill. 

      For more information about the project, contact Ross Dickerson at (813) 672-7876.

Last updated 7/20/2016
The Conservation and Environmental Lands Management Department consists of the Regional Parks section and the Environmental Lands Management section.

Regional Parks Section

The Regional Parks section consists of 10 unique nature parks offering a diverse variety of resource-based recreation activities that encompass over 14,000 acres of land, 187 miles of trails, 182 campsites, 9 boat ramps, 13 canoe/kayak launches, 12 fishing piers, 85 picnic shelters, a beach, a natural spring with swimming, 12,000 ft. of boardwalk, 2 observation towers and 2 nature centers.

For more information, please e-mail Regional Parks Administration or call 813-987-6240.

Regional Park Pass
The Annual Entrance Pass is honored in lieu of the general entrance fee, at all Hillsborough County
Regional Parks. The Annual Passes are valid for one year from the month of purchase. Get information on cost and how to obtain a pass.         

Shelter Rentals
Visit the facilities and shelter rentals section on our recreation sign-up page to make a reservation for a shelter or multi-purpose room. If you would like to have a bounce house for your party make sure the company you use is on our approved vendor list. 2016 Approved Bounce House Vendor List

Environmental Lands Management
The Environmental Lands Management section manages environmentally sensitive wildlife habitat and corridors acquired through the Jan K. Platt Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program (ELAPP). This program is publicly supported and has been approved by voters.


Since 1988, Hillsborough County has purchased more than 61,000 acres that are now in public ownership. Management responsibilities include prescribed burning, invasive species control, wildlife inventory, and habitat improvements for endangered and threatened species of plants and animals.

This section also provides administrative operations and guides the land acquisition process which includes site assessments and rankings of publicly nominated sites.

Environmental Lands Management Division Office Locations

Northwest Office
Lake Frances Preserve
10225 Woodstock Rd.
Odessa, FL 33556

P: 813-264-8513
F: 813-964-2960
Central Office (Main)
Bell Creek Preserve
10940 McMullen Rd.
Riverview, FL 33569

P: 813-672-7876
F: 813-672-7880
South Office
Cockroach Bay Preserve
3709 Gulf City Rd.
Ruskin, FL 33570

P: 813-671-7754
F: 813-671-7758
Northeast Office
Lower Green Swamp Preserve
3536 E. Knights Griffin Rd.
Plant City, FL 33565

P: 813-757-3713
F: 813-757-3709