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Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve
By TERRY TOMALIN, Times Outdoors Writer
© St. Petersburg Times, published May 5, 2000
The canoe trail through this 8,500-acre preserve will take the angler willing to paddle to some of the best snook fishing in the state. The trail, developed to give human-powered craft better access to this watery wilderness, was designed and built by Tampa BayWatch, Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation Department and volunteers from Youth Environmental Services.
This protected wetlands system runs from the Hillsborough/Manatee county line up into the Little Manatee River to U.S. 301. Manatees frequent the area to feed on the seagrass bed that also serves as a nursery ground for a variety of sportfish, including trout, red drum and grouper.
The Cockroach Bay Users Group helps coordinate volunteer activities, including shoreline cleanups and habitat restoration. For information, check the group's web site, c-bug.org or call Charlie Feldschau at (813) 634-5592.
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