In 2001, the Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) and Tampa Bay Water purchased 5,515 acres in southeastern Hillsborough County to build the 15-billion-gallon C.W. “Bill” Young Regional Reservoir in order to collect and store drinking water.
The reservoir, owned and maintained by Tampa Bay Water, is built on 1,100 acres. The remaining property consists of a variety of habitats, including wetlands, pine and scrubby flatwoods, scrub, freshwater marshes and improved pasture. The District envisions this land as a recreation area ideal for activities such as hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, camping and picnicking. Plans are currently under way to make this facility available to the public.