Hillsborough - Tampa

Hillsborough, Florida, US



Usual Difficulty II (for normal flows)
Length 0.01 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-02304500 100 - 600 cfs II 00h46m 687 cfs (too high)

River Description

A message suggesting "There is a surf spot at high levels" was posted on "HyperNews" at Boater Talk. Unfortunately, that site was reorganized and the link to that message no longer works.

In the meantime, we have made assumptions (based upon a scan of TopoZone) regarding the possible location of this wave. The lat/lng coordinates provided below (for AW members/registered users) are purely unproven conjecture.

Anyone having further knowledge or information regarding this rumored wave is encouraged to provide further details via the "Add a comment" button which should appear below for all registered, logged-on users of this website.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2005-05-16 13:43:41

Rowlett Rapids

Detail Trip Report  Rowlett Rapids  @Hillsborough Tampa, FL(2.54MB .jpeg)

Gauge Information

We have no additional information about how various flows affect runnability (or playability) of this section of river. If you can provide additional information, please either directly contact the StreamTeam member for this reach, or add a 'comment' or a 'report' with your information to help out your fellow boaters.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-02304500 100 - 600 cfs II 00h46m 687 cfs (too high)

RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
100 - 600 cfs barely runnable-high runnable II Range for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.

Report - Reports of Hillsborough Tampa and related gauges

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When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
68d02h49m /Hillsborough-Tampa [FL] Rowlett Rapids n/a Brian Wassmuth
3y154d01h48m /Hillsborough-Tampa [FL] vhull 200 cfs Ryan Groth



User Comments

2014-07-16 01:10:46 (68 days ago)
brianwass (156738)
This rapid does have some nice waves when water level is up, and easy eddies to get back up. This
flow comes from a dam that holds water for the Tampa water supply and opens one of its gates to
provide flow to the rest of the river. Some rocks are present below the flow to make some rapids.
You can park and put in at Rowlett Park. If you get to where the park meets the river just look up
stream, you can't miss it. Rowlett Park is not in the nicest of neighborhoods but it is not too bad
once you are in the park. There are also some official warnings posted about not messing with the
dam so don't touch it. It is a great find considering it is in Central Florida.

2009-03-22 09:40:31 (2010 days ago)
x (1)
The "map" seems to show this is at Rowlett Park or Rogers Park Golf Course.

2007-11-16 09:39:19 (2502 days ago)
x (1)
theres waves and "rapids" on the smallish watershed that is hillsborough river through the state
park.....local scene isnt altogether "boater friendly"......small, needs rain
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 Tampa, Hillsborough Florida, US (mobile)