McKay Bay

Hillsborough County, Florida.

McKay Bay ends in Tampa, Florida.

2380069.63 miles (3830351.96 sq kilometers)

About The McKay Bay

About McKay Bay, FL

McKay Bay is the name used to label the northeastern corner of Tampa Bay, a large natural harbor and shallow estuary,  found at Hillsborough County in Tampa, Florida. It is a man-made lake that is undredged and shallow, surrounded by mangrove, mudflats and salt marsh wetlands. Its Greenway runs through the bay’s east side area and links to the Tampa Bypass Canal. It also houses the McKay Bay Nature Park and McKay Bay Resource Recovery Plant, a refuse-fuelled power plant. 

The lake was named after cattleman, ship captain, and the sixth mayor of Tampa, James McKay Sr. The lake used to be a cooling area for a city incinerator. The area is also a popular birding destination because the exposed area when the tides are low acts as a prime feeding ground for migratory waterfowl, shorebirds and wading birds. The nature park is also a site along the Great Florida Birding Trail. Picnic tables and interpretive signage are available around the area.

McKay Bay Fishing Description

All About Fishing in McKay Bay, FL

The most popular fish species that can be found in McKay Bay are channel catfish, red drum