M82. Lake Rogers Park
Nearest City: Odessa/Tampa
Phone Number: 813-264-3917
Website: M82. Lake Rogers Park
Features/Amenities: Not a primary Trail site, but worth a visit if you are in the area, Restrooms, Good for beginners, Tours, educational signage and/or nature center, Birding by boat, Birding by foot/hiking, Birding by bicycle, Best time of day: Morning, Recommended length of visit: a few hours br>
Habitats: Pines, Lake/Pond/Impoundment, Hardwoods/Mixed Forest
A serene oasis on the northern outskirts of the greater Tampa/St. Petersburg metropolis, Lake Rogers Park is an easily accessed site that is perfect for beginners. A 2.5-mile trail circles its namesake lake, where you can watch Ospreys fishing and Snowy Egrets, White Ibises and Little Blue Herons wading in the shallows. Check the pine flatwoods and oak hammocks for Neotropical songbirds in October and April; Swainson’s Thrushes and Blackburnian Warblers are possible here. Great Crested Flycatchers, White-eyed Vireos, Northern Parulas, Carolina Wrens and Pine Warblers are common fare; Sandhill Cranes, Anhingas and Wood Storks are sometimes seen. Additional amenities include picnic shelters, a canoe/kayak launch and rentals (gasoline motors are not permitted in the park’s two lakes). This site is jointly managed by Hillsborough County and the City of St. Petersburg.
Directions: From CR 589/Veterans Expwy. (toll) on the northwest side of Tampa, take exit 9 for CR 587/Gunn Hwy. and go west for 0.2 mi. Turn right (north) to stay on CR 587/Gunn Hwy. and drive 0.9 mi., then turn left (west) and go 0.5 mi. Turn right (north) to stay on CR 587/Gunn Hwy. and go 2.6 mi. Turn left (west) on N. Mobley Rd. and drive 0.4 mi. to the entrance on the left (south) side of the road. From Odessa, take CR 587/Gunn Hwy. south for 6.0 mi. and turn right (west) on N. Mobley Rd.; proceed as above.
Open all year (except Christmas), 8 AM to 6 PM, fall to winter; 7 AM to 6 PM, spring to summer.
Location: 28.114345° N, -82.586360° W