Lake Tarpon and Brooker Creek Watershed
The Brooker Creek watershed covers 39 square miles in northern Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. The watershed contains 37 named lakes, multiple wetlands and Brooker Creek, which is the primary tributary to Lake Tarpon. The headwaters of Brooker Creek are located in the northwest corner of Hillsborough County. Area lakes provide recreational opportunities to both residents and visitors. Protecting the quantity and quality of water in the watershed will provide wildlife habitat, preserve recreational opportunities, and ensure a safe and healthy supply of water resources.
Sources of Photographs
Photographs shown on the "Photo Gallery" display are provided to the Pinellas Water Atlas by multiple sources. We will give credit to photo sources when the source is identified. For the Brooker Creek Watershed, the sources are Pinellas County Staff and Mr Glen Almerantz (Brooker Creek Education Center) and Dr. Jim Griffin (Education Center and Brooker Creek Headwaters Preserve).
County Lake Tarpon webpage
Brooker Creek Preserve website
John Chestnut Park
SWFWMD Brooker Creek Site
Take a Tour of Brooker Creek!
Your tour begins at the headwaters of Brooker Creek in Hillsborough County and follows the creek through Lakes Keystone, Island Ford and through the Odessa Community into Pinellas County where it meanders through the Brooker Creek Preserve to Lake Tarpon and finally into Old Tampa Bay through the Lake Tarpon Canal. Along the way you will see many of the beautiful vistas and interesting wildlife found in this important watershed. To take the tour just click the Map View tab and select a flag icon in the Lake Tarpon/Brooker Creek Watershed on the map. You can go to specific points of interest or follow the path of the creek and stop at the points of interest along the way. If you like, you can add your story to the list of stories about the watershed or specific point of interest and you can also add photos.