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Canoe And Kayak Rentals Now Available At Edward Medard Park

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Park visitors to Edward Medard Park can now rent a canoe or kayak to explore this scenic park in a different way. Four-hour rentals are offered at $25. A park entry fee will also apply at $2 per vehicle carrying up to eight people, and $1 each additional person. Only cash, check and traveler’s check payments are accepted at this time. Edward Medard Park is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m during winter hours.

The reservoir at Edward Medard Park, 6140 Turkey Creek Road in Plant City, had been closed since November 2009, due to maintenance and a repair project. On Dec. 31, 2011, the reservoir re-opened to boating and catch and release fishing.

Edward Medard Park is the fifth Hillsborough County Park to offer canoe and kayak rentals. Other parks include:

  • E.G. Simmons Park, 2401 19th Ave., N.W. in Ruskin
  • Lake Park, 17302 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. in Lutz
  • Lettuce Lake Park , 6920 E. Fletcher Ave. in Tampa
  • Upper Tampa Bay Park, 8001 Double Branch Road in Tampa
Canoes or kayaks can be rented on site at each entry station. Rentals at Upper Tampa Bay Park are conducted within the on-site environmental studies building. Those wishing to rent a canoe or kayak must be 18 years old, and complete a liability release and rental agreement form prior to payment at the entry station.

For additional information, contact Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation at (813) 757-3802.

About the Edward Medard Park

Edward Medard Park extends along 1,284 acres owned by the Southwest Florida Water Management District, where a water control structure and reservoir offer flood protection along the Alafia River. In 1972, under an agreement with the District, Hillsborough County developed this site as one of its largest and most popular regional parks.

The Park's main attraction is the 700-acre reservoir used for canoeing, boating and fishing. Located on what was once a phosphate mining site, the Park also offers unique topography with elevation changes that have become very popular for children’s play. A 3-mile trail that is accessible (dry) most of the year offers equestrians and hikers a pleasant trip through pine flatwoods and hardwood hammocks. For overnight stays, the Park has 40 campsites to accommodate both RV and primitive camping, including 2 group sites. The Park also offers picnic shelters, a boardwalk, a playground, a beach volleyball court, and an observation platform overlooking the reservoir.