Pithlachascotee River Canoe Trail

The tight curves in the narrow upper section require some technical paddling skill. On the lower section, the trail widens and straightens. Winds and waves are possible as you near the Gulf of Mexico.



General Information:
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Mileage: 5

Skill Level: Intermediate

Difficulty: Moderate

Usual Current: Slow (0-1 mph)



Notes and Precautions

It is dangerous to pull off and park at Rowan Road Bridge due to heavy traffic and small pull over. The trail from Rowan Road Bridge to Francis Avenue City Park is very shallow and narrow, but can be waded through. The trip may be extended to the east by putting in at the Lion’s Club (private) on Plathe Road and to the west, by taking out at the boat ramp behind the Chamber of Commerce (across from Sim’s Park) at Main Street / River Road in New Port Richey. The trip can be extended further north to Nick’s Park at the US 19 bridge (north west of bridge).




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Rowan Road Bridge – From Port Richey, take US 19 south to Main Street. Turn east on Main Street to Congress. Take Congress south to Nebraska. Take Nebraska east to CR 77 (Rowan Road) south to bridge.


Francis Avenue City Park – From US 19 go east on Main Street, go to Madison, turn South on Madison, turn east on Louisiana Avenue to park entrance. Path to canoe launch from vehicle parking. (5 miles)


There may be access points (both public and private) in addition to those listed here. Please remember that some sites require a fee for launching and/or parking.





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