There are tons of spots to canoe and kayak in this portion of the county. The Palm River, Alafia River, and little Manatee rivers are all great places to throw your boat in the water. Another great location if you own a kayak is to put in at the Apollo Beach Nature Preserve and paddle over to the power plant to see the manatees. The sea cows are thick here during the winter and you will find yourself surrounded by them. Lithia Springs has a canoe launch and a spring that you can swim in. Cockroach Bay is a beautiful and large mangrove labyrinth, perfect for kayaking and fishing. If you do not own a boat, you can rent one at Canoe Outpost or Alafia River Canoe.