Cockroach Bay Natural Preserve State Park
The fifth area
is the Natural Preserve State Park. Is is located on the west end of the
peninsula and its islands wrap themselves around the north end of the
Cockroach Bay Preserve is 1,027 acres in size.
This preserve consists of a group of islands stretching from the mouth of
Cockroach Bay to the northeast into the Little Manatee River. Cockroach Bay is
unquestionable the most beautiful and unspoiled section of Tampa Bay north of
the Skyway Bridge. Mangrove islands stretch for 5 miles from the south edge of
the mouth of Cockroach Bay to the US 41 bridge on the Little Manatee River. This
is an extremely popular fishing destination, and parking at the boat ramp is at
a premium during the peak spring season.