Kayaker at Cockroach bay

A kayaker goes fishing in Cockroach BayOne of the mangrove tunnels present at Cockroach Bay


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Cockroach Bay Trips

The Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve and protect the waterways of the Little Manatee River and its' estuaries. The upriver boundary begins at the Canoe Outpost and extends downstream for about 18 miles to where the Little Manatee River flows into Tampa Bay. Here you will find the largest mangrove estuary in Tampa Bay. Most of this area is preserved as a no motor zone which makes it a perfect place for paddlers to explore its' many miles of mangrove and barrier islands, bird rookeries, mangrove tunnels and beautiful scenery.

For the paddler in a canoe or kayak, there are two marked trails that begin at the boat ramp and wind you through the no-motor zones of the mangrove islands and the bay. To the north, the Snook Trail offers a 1 1/2 hour paddle. To the south, the Horseshoe Crab Trail offers a 1 1/2 hour paddle. Pack a lunch and picnic on a barrier island. Paddle one trail or both or just meander at your own pace. It’s a great way to spend a day on the water in the Florida sun.

For the angler, the area offers some of the finest fishing for Snook, Redfish, and other salt water species. The mangrove estuary along with the extensive grass bed is one of the most productive and important ecosystems in nature. Between casts, enjoy the paddle trails and some great scenery too.

Trips to Cockroach Bay may be arranged for any day with advanced reservations. We will try to accommodate same day requests for Cockroach Bay trips, subject to staffing availability. Trips can be customized to any length of time up to 8 hours. Due to the distance from our main facility and the cost of transportation, we do require a minimum of two rental boats or a minimum revenue amount. Trips leave from the Canoe Outpost or if you prefer, you may provide your own transportation to the dock for increased flexibility with your time. A credit card authorization may be required as a security deposit for equipment.

You may also choose to rent any of our boats at the Outpost and transport it yourself to the bay. This option gives you flexibility to plan your own time and does not require a minimum number of boats.( Please see the Off Site Rentals section of our pricing web page )

Group and corporate fishing or paddle sightseeing trips can be arranged. It’s a great way to entertain visiting clients, relocation candidates or to build your group’s common experience base. We will work with you to design a memorable trip.