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 still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on October 4th, 2021. Tampa Bay Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on October 10th, 2021 at 12:24 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

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

Source Information

Tampa Bay Waterkeeper is providing water quality data on Enterococci bacteria levels for recreational swimming, fishing, and boating areas in coastal Tampa Bay Counties. This is part of a monitoring project to support recreational water users in these communities in their efforts to obtain accurate and up-to-date water quality information in areas with no agency monitoring. Tampa Bay Waterkeeper collects the samples and brings them to a local third party lab for water quality analysis and data reports. Water is sampled for Enterococci at all sites. Sampling occurs bi-week year-round. Results are available 48 hours after samples are collected.

Florida Administrative Code, based on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s 2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria have the following rating criteria: Good= 0-35 CFU/MPN enterococci / 100 mL of marine water; Moderate= 36-70 CFU/MPN enterococci / 100 mL of marine water; and Poor= 71 CFU/MPN or greater enterococci / 100 mL of marine water.

Swim Guide uses the thresholds for water quality based on the Florida Administrative Code.
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 EPA water quality guidelines. Data more than a week old will revert to “historical status”; clicking the pie chart icon will reveal a summary of the prior yearly or monthly pass/fail data. A sampling location is marked grey when no current or reliable monitoring information is available.

Results are posted as soon as lab results are available. Results will be communicated through the Swim Guide websites and apps and Tampa Bay Waterkeeper website.

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Cockroach Bay Boat Ramp

Ruskin, Florida

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on October 4th, 2021. Tampa Bay Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on October 10th, 2021 at 12:24 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 to December 31st.

Source Information

Tampa Bay Waterkeeper is providing water quality data on Enterococci bacteria levels for recreational swimming, fishing, and boating areas in coastal Tampa Bay Counties. This is part of a monitoring project to support recreational water users in these communities in their efforts to obtain accurate and up-to-date water quality information in areas with no agency monitoring. Tampa Bay Waterkeeper collects the samples and brings them to a local third party lab for water quality analysis and data reports. Water is sampled for Enterococci at all sites. Sampling occurs bi-week year-round. Results are available 48 hours after samples are collected.

Florida Administrative Code, based on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s 2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria have the following rating criteria: Good= 0-35 CFU/MPN enterococci / 100 mL of marine water; Moderate= 36-70 CFU/MPN enterococci / 100 mL of marine water; and Poor= 71 CFU/MPN or greater enterococci / 100 mL of marine water.

Swim Guide uses the thresholds for water quality based on the Florida Administrative Code.
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 EPA water quality guidelines. Data more than a week old will revert to “historical status”; clicking the pie chart icon will reveal a summary of the prior yearly or monthly pass/fail data. A sampling location is marked grey when no current or reliable monitoring information is available.

Results are posted as soon as lab results are available. Results will be communicated through the Swim Guide websites and apps and Tampa Bay Waterkeeper website.

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Water Quality Graph

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