E. G. Simmons Regional Park is located eighteen miles south of Tampa and three miles north of Ruskin on Tampa Bay. It was developed from 258 acres of native mangrove with open land areas, intertwined with waterways. An additional 200 acres of mangrove swamp has been set aside for a bird and wildlife sanctuary. It was conceived to provide a scenic and relaxing environment for recreation activities to be enjoyed by all age groups, offering picnicking, swimming, boating, fishing, and modern facilities for overnight camping.
E. G. Simmons, as well as all the other county parks, are natural wildlife, bird, and botanical sanctuaries. Many endangered species; the Manatee, Roseate Spoonbill, Bald Eagle, and others may occasionally be seen at the park. All animals and plants are protected by law.
We invite you to recreate during your leisure time with us; your needs are our purpose – our goal is to fulfill those needs. The ranger staff at E. G. Simmons is looking forward to your visit. Click here for a larger image:
Photo courtesy RuskinOnline
Motorized Vehicles: To preserve the natural beauty of the park sites, all motorized vehicles must remain on the roadways. Parking is permitted in designated spaces only. Vehicles parked in unauthorized manner may be removed at owner’s expense.
Preservation: Regulations prohibit picking of flowers; injuring, capturing or feeding of wildlife; and destroying or removal of plants, rocks, or any other object from the park.
Intoxicants: Intoxicants and intoxicated persons are not permitted in Hillsborough County Parks
Pets: Pets must be on a leash no more than six feet in length and must be well behaved. Pets are not permitted inside buildings, on boardwalks or tied to stationary objects and left unattended.
Swimming: Allowed only in designated area.
Boating: Ramp provided for your convenience. Speeds limit—idle speed within park waters.
Courtesy: Discourteous behavior, such as loud music is not permitted in park. CAMPING FACILITIES
Sites: 88 Individual and 1 group site. 50 sites with electricity. 38 sites without electricity
Camping Facilities: Potable water, electrical hookup, barbecue grills, picnic tables, and waterfront site.
Other campground Facilities: Five conveniently located restrooms with hot & cold showers, pay telephone, centralized drive-over dump stations, and modern playground equipment.
Note: You must register with the office before taking a campsite. You must have camping equipment, no sleeping in cars. Individual sewer hookups not available in campsites.
Yearly rates: $10 per night without electric; $12 per night with electricity. 1 camper vehicle per site. 8 people maximum per site.
Winter: 8 am – 6 pm
Spring 8 am – 7 pm
Summer 8 am – 8 pm
Fall 8 am – 7 pm
Open 362 days a year. First come – first served basis. Sorry no advanced reservations.