A visit to Lettuce Lake Park

Tuesday morning I decided to get a move on and head to the local Chrysler dealer to get an oil change on the Jeep. I wanted to get there early to avoid the heavy traffic that builds up mid-day. Plus we planned to visit Lettuce Lake Park when I got done.

I left home at 7am and arrived at the dealership by 7:30 and was 3rd in line in the express lane. Not bad.

When I bought the Jeep in Oregon we didn’t know we were going to be hitting the road as soon as we did so I purchased the lifetime oil change package. And of course the package I bought is only good at Lithia dealerships and once we left Oregon we have never happened across one. Go figure LOL!! I’m going to have a chat with them when we get back to Oregon to see if we can convert that to the Chrysler plan. We will see.

The Jeep was finished within an hour and I was on my way. On the way home I noticed a carwash named Famous Dave’s!! Well of course I had to support a place with such a great name! And the Jeep needed a good wash anyway.

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After the Jeep was all clean I was on my home again to grab Diane and head out on our short 20 min. drive to Lettuce Lake Park.

Once there the first thing we did was visit the small interpretive center. Unfortunately they didn’t have any maps for us to grab but once we were on our way we realized it was pretty easy to find our way around.

The boardwalk wanders all through the lake area and has many great viewing spots. Heck, the entire thing is a great viewing area.

The boardwalk wanders all through the lake area and has many great viewing spots. Heck, the entire thing is a great viewing area.

The walking trail around the park

The walking trail around the park

Lettuce Lake Park is 240 acre’s and opened in 1982. It has many wooded picnic areas and playgrounds, a bicycle path/jogging trail, complete with a fitness course that meanders through the park. Lettuce Lake is also a haven for nature study. An interpretive center, featuring exhibits, leads to a 3,500 ft. boardwalk and an observation tower that unfortunately is closed right now for repairs. The parks also has canoes/kayaks available for rent.

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See the tower? To bad it was closed down for repair.

You can rent canoes

You can rent canoes

Lettuce Lake is not actually a lake but a shallow, finger-like body of water connected to the river at one end. During periods of high water, part of the river’s flow “short cuts” across the swamp forest and through the Park.

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More than half of the Park’s property lies in the natural floodplain of the Hillsborough River and consists of a hardwood swamp forest and provides a natural storage reservoir for floodwater.

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We spent roughly 3 hours walking the boardwalk that leads all through the swampland. It seemed at every turn we could find something to look at, either wildlife in the water or tree’s. And of course a variety of plant life.

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See the snake?

See the snake?

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And it seemed every time we would backtrack something new would show up where we had already been. That just makes us want to go back again or maybe even a couple times before we leave the area.

These 4 girls floated by and all of them but one was so wrapped up in their phones that they didn't even see the great Owl just a few feet above there heads. Sad, sad, sad

These 4 girls floated by and all of them but one was so wrapped up in their phones that they didn’t even see the great Owl just a few feet above there heads. Sad, sad, sad

This Barred owl flew towards us and landed on a branch about 20' away.

This Barred owl flew towards us and landed on a branch about 20′ away.

Doesn't that alligator look happy!!

Doesn’t that alligator look happy!!

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There is a $2 entry fee per vehicle and is well worth the visit in our mind.

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Our next update will be on the Strawberry Festival we mentioned a while back. Plus I was just informed by a friend of a thing called (Florida Jets) that started today. It’s a RC Aircraft show that we plan to attend. I read where people come from all around the world to play at it. And the costs of the aircraft range from $3000 to $30,000!! FOR A RC AIRCRAFT!! I also read that some fly at 150MPH. That’s some serious RC aircraft stuff going on.

Oh, and in case you read this Chris (you know who you are) ,,,,,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

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2 Responses to A visit to Lettuce Lake Park

  1. Bill and Nancy says:

    One of our favorite places to runaway to when we are at Lazydays. Great photos and really love the owl:o)

  2. Great pics and travelogue Dave. If you like Famous Dave’s Carwash you’ll love Famous Dave’s Barbecue! http://www.famousdaves.com/

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