Weedon Island Reserve – St. Petersburg
Weedon Island Preserve, as it is called, is a natural reserve of over 3,000 acres of mostly marine ecosystems though there are also trails and boardwalks. We opted for kayaking on a very pleasant day in December as we had long time friends from France visiting who wanted to do something outside the usual shopping, dining and drinking.
We thought kayaking would be the ideal day out for them and we invited another friend who had a kayak to come with us. The French visitors needed to rent a kayak so we got one at Sweetwater Kayaks who have a rental facility at Weedon Island.
They opted for a tandem kayak so they could be together. The staff person was very friendly and helpful. The put in was right there and we offloaded the kayaks we brought with us.
We spent nearly three hours leisurely going around Riviera Bay and viewing mangroves, birds and some really cool fish. There is a canoe launch area after about 40 minutes of paddling that has a restroom and is convenient. There is a fishing pier here also. You can easily spend a full day here doing kayaking for half a day and hiking and/or biking around the land trails. I will cover the land trails in another post when I get a chance to fully explore them all.
And if you go, bring a bite to eat or even a full lunch because there is a great sandbar you can pull up to that is perfect for a little sunshine and some relaxation time with your lunch. Enjoy!
If you go, here’s a map to where you can rent the kayaks:
And here is the link to the Weedon Island Reserve web site: