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Rock Ponds Restoration

Birding / Hiking / Adventuring Roadtrip Info


Dec 2018
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GRADES: Click each for info, * = Note
How Big Not Rated
Importance Not Rated
Revisit? D
Birding C *
Wildlife D
Summer Heat C
Terrain A
Fun Hike F
Maintained D *
Mosquitos D
Biting Files A
Ticks Not Rated
NOTE: I saw little but fair number of ducks here supposedly.
NOTE: No public access
 LOCATION: Accuracy: Read me
Map On Big Map: Click map (or on google maps). Address: Old Hwy 41 S, Ruskin, FL, Hillsborough, USA, 33570

1) What It's Like

It shows up as a birding spot - specifically for ducks - but it's closed to public access. I looked and looked and looked online to find out if it was open since they had some ceremony etc - no shortage of web pages - but nobody says "hey - closed". Unless it goes on behind where I'm seeing - it's just a pond that might have ducks. As far as you are concerned from where you can see at the gate - that is all it is.

2) Kinds of Birds

Ducks and wading birds.

3) Wildlife

Cockroach bay a few miles away has pigs, turtles, snakes so likely here as well.

4) Amenities

Get out sign and lots and lots of dumped sofas and toilets.

5) Directions

See GPS coordinates on map - there are two gates on the north side of the road with pretty clear white signs. Anywhere you can see in is the right place.

6) Dear Ranger

For the love of god - please just advertise that it's closed online 1/2 of 1 percent as much as you spend on press conferences about creating this place years ago. It's not a quick drive to get here for anyone.

7) Time Requirements

As long as you want to sit and stare in the distance at a pond while leaning on your car.


Heard there were ducks here - came and it's closed off. With a long zoom you might spot and ID some but I didn't see much. Cockroach bay is not far and it always has some ducks and things to see. This is a place to peek at if you didn't get your fill there.

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