Cockroach Bay Boat Ramp

Ruskin, Florida

Don't let the name fool you, Cockroach Bay is one of the gems of the Tampa Bay watershed. An ecologically fertile stretch of mangrove islands and seagrass beds located in Ruskin, Florida, Cockroach Bay is home to some of the best paddling, fishing, and wildlife watching in Florida. Home to snook, trout, redfish, tarpon, ospreys, pelicans, dolphins, roseate spoonbills, manatees, and numerous other species of wading birds, Cockroach Bay offers an often needed and truly beautiful glimpse at a Florida the Tocobaga and Calusa peoples once experienced hundreds of years ago.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Failed to meet water quality standards

  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on May 29th, 2020. Suncoast Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on May 29th, 2020 at 2:07 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Cockroach Bay Boat Ramp is sampled bi-weekly from January 1st from December 31st.

Source Information

Tampa Bay Waterkeeper is providing additional water quality data on levels of Enterococci bacteria for recreational swimming, fishing, and boating areas in coastal Tampa Bay Counties.

This is part of a monitoring project to support recreational water resource users in these communities in their efforts to obtain accurate and up-to-date water quality information in areas with no official monitoring. Tampa Bay Waterkeeper staff collect the samples and bring them to a local third party water quality analysis company for data reports. The standards followed are set by the Florida Department of Health, where counts of higher than 70 Enterococci per 100 millilitres of water are considered unsafe for wading, swimming, recreational water activities such as paddling and surfing, and shellfish consumption.Water is sampled for Enterococci at all sites. Sampling occurs once a week on Tuesday or Wednesday year-round. Results are available 48 hours after samples are collected.Test results are expressed # of units per 100 millilitres of water.A beach is marked green (pass) when the sample results are equal or below 70 Enterococci / 100 ML water. A beach is marked red(fail) when the sample results are above 70 Enterococci / 100 ML water, according to Florida's water quality guidelines.Results are posted as soon as lab results are available. Results will be communicated through the Swim Guide websites and apps.

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Cockroach Bay Boat Ramp

Ruskin, Florida

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Failed to meet water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on May 29th, 2020. Suncoast Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on May 29th, 2020 at 2:07 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

Don't let the name fool you, Cockroach Bay is one of the gems of the Tampa Bay watershed. An ecologically fertile stretch of mangrove islands and seagrass beds located in Ruskin, Florida, Cockroach Bay is home to some of the best paddling, fishing, and wildlife watching in Florida. Home to snook, trout, redfish, tarpon, ospreys, pelicans, dolphins, roseate spoonbills, manatees, and numerous other species of wading birds, Cockroach Bay offers an often needed and truly beautiful glimpse at a Florida the Tocobaga and Calusa peoples once experienced hundreds of years ago.

Monitoring Frequency

Cockroach Bay Boat Ramp is sampled bi-weekly from January 1st from December 31st.

Source Information

Tampa Bay Waterkeeper is providing additional water quality data on levels of Enterococci bacteria for recreational swimming, fishing, and boating areas in coastal Tampa Bay Counties.

This is part of a monitoring project to support recreational water resource users in these communities in their efforts to obtain accurate and up-to-date water quality information in areas with no official monitoring. Tampa Bay Waterkeeper staff collect the samples and bring them to a local third party water quality analysis company for data reports. The standards followed are set by the Florida Department of Health, where counts of higher than 70 Enterococci per 100 millilitres of water are considered unsafe for wading, swimming, recreational water activities such as paddling and surfing, and shellfish consumption.Water is sampled for Enterococci at all sites. Sampling occurs once a week on Tuesday or Wednesday year-round. Results are available 48 hours after samples are collected.Test results are expressed # of units per 100 millilitres of water.A beach is marked green (pass) when the sample results are equal or below 70 Enterococci / 100 ML water. A beach is marked red(fail) when the sample results are above 70 Enterococci / 100 ML water, according to Florida's water quality guidelines.Results are posted as soon as lab results are available. Results will be communicated through the Swim Guide websites and apps.

Water Quality Graph

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