Upper Tampa Bay Park / Double Branch Bay
Upper Tampa Bay State Park is in Tampa, FL.
The Upper Tampa Bay Park is in upper Tampa Bay. Double Branch bay is a short 1 1/2 miles paddle from the canoe launch at the park. This whole area is best paddled on a high tide since most of it is only a few feet deep. It's more like river paddling than paddling in a bay because of the current when the tide is moving. Most of this area is a sand bottom with plenty of oyster beds. The Upper Tampa Bay Park rents canoes and kayaks for $25 for 4 hours. The park also has one of the nicest kayak launches in all of Tampa Bay. There is also a kayak or canoe wash rack and water hose to rinse off with when your done. There are quite a few mangrove channels, tidal channels, mangrove islands, isolated holes & sand flats to get away from everybody. However, the mouth of Double Branch Bay is a popular fishing spot among the locals.
Upper Tampa Bay
Upper Tampa Bay State Park & Double Branch Bay Area
Upper Tampa Bay Park Kayak Launch