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Boater's Paradise: County Helps Get People on the Water

Boat ramps, launch sites offer variety

Whether your nautical preference is a kayak or a cabin cruiser, Hillsborough County has an array of ramps and launch sites that make it easy and economical for skippers to get their boats on the water.

The County has 15 ramps for powerboats and other larger vessels, and many launch sites for kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards. Locations range from Williams Park Boat Ramp, where boats and their crews set off for a day of fishing or sightseeing on Tampa Bay or the Alafia River, to Upper Tampa Bay Conservation Park, where kayakers and canoeists launch to explore a mangrove-lined coast or cast for red drum and snook.

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Fees vary. Launching a hand-carried canoe or kayak is free. Ramps for larger craft are $5 per day, payable at the launch sites, or $100 for an annual pass.

John Overton, a commercial crabber and boat builder, plies Upper Tampa Bay four to seven days a week. He uses the Courtney Campbell Boat Ramp, which is the public ramp closest to where he drops traps for blue crabs. John likes the ramp's location and condition, and looks forward to planned upgrades of its parking area.

The County strives to help people take full advantage of its waterfront assets and explore rivers, lakes, and Tampa Bay.

Some of the County's larger boat ramps are owned, maintained, or operated in conjunction with the City of Tampa or the state. The County plans improvements at the Courtney Campbell Boat Ramp and a half-dozen other sites this year. Search for parks with boat ramps.

Photo Information: John Overton uses an electric winch to pull his crab boat out of the water at Courtney Campbell Boat Ramp.

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