Weedon Island - Level 1

  • 24 Jan 2021
  • 1:30 PM
  • Weedon Island Preserve, St. Petersburg
  • 0


  • Four-mile paddling trail

Registration is closed

Trip leaders: Jill Lingard, jill.lingard@gmail.com, 352-665-1776 & Scott Jantz, scottjantz2@gmail.com, 386-853-5159

Description:  Join us as we explore the South Paddling Trail at Weedon Island Preserve, a 4-mile trail which meanders through lush mangrove tunnels and over seagrass flats which attract all kinds of wildlife above and below the water’s surface.  The area attracts wading birds such as Great and Little Blue Herons, Reddish Egrets, Ibises, and Roseate Spoonbills.  We will have one or two Florida Master Naturalists on this trip who can point out flora and fauna to anyone interested.  

Location: Our launch and take-out will be the kayak launch beside the fishing pier at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE in St. Petersburg.

Schedule: Meet at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, January 24, and launch by 2 p.m.  An afternoon paddle will provide us with better tide conditions and perhaps a little more warmth in “chilly” January.  We should finish up by 5 p.m.  Sunset is at 6:05 p.m.

Additional information:

  • Parking is free.
  • This trip will be capped at 12 paddlers, including trip leaders.  

COVID-related recommendations:

  • Wear face masks or buffs while loading/unloading boats and gear at parks. 
  • To minimize contact among the group, pair up with another paddler for the day if help is needed moving boats between vehicles and launch.
  • Bring biodegradable hand soap and hand sanitizer for use after handling someone else’s boat on or off the water.

Difficulty: This is a Level 1 trip

Required gear: Wear a PFD and bring sun/insect protection.

Refer to TBSK’s Skills Self Assessment Chart and contact the leader with any questions. Please register (or cancel) on the website or RSVP to the trip leader to allow notification of any changes.

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