Photo Friday – Weedon Island Preserve

Here’s a special Saturday edition of Photo Friday!

Weedon Island Preserve, on the Tampa Bay side of Pinellas County, offers one of the coolest mangrove trails in the state.  The channels, which were dug by the Army Corps of Engineers in the 1950s to help reduce the mosquito population (didn’t work), are now maintained as a series of kayak trails.  In many places, the trails are so narrow that you need to use a half-paddle to get through.  Crabs, snakes, rays and wading birds fill the park, and there’s a nearby manatee viewing area.  I can’t recommend this place enough.



  1. Looks very cool. Thanks for the suggestion.

  2. WOW, super cool. Don’t think anything will ever control the mosquito population.

    • The idea, I think, was that if they cut channels through the mangroves, fish would swim into the preserve and eat the mosquitos. As I understand the situation, it made almost no difference at all, except that now there’s all sorts of awesome kayak trails! 🙂

  3. I live in Tampa and have been wanting to go on a kayaking trip here! Will definitely have to check it out sometime soon 🙂

  4. The worst thing about kayaking through mangroves is the spiders that drop out of the trees in warm weather! They’re probably just trying to hitch a ride to dry ground but I don’t always appreciate it.

    I’m from Indian River County… mangrove education starts in kindergarten. Our young ‘uns can tell the difference between white, black and red by the first grade!


  1. […] few months ago, I posted a Friday photo from Weedon Island Preserve, in St. Petersburg. The photo was a few years old, but I revisited the park recently to kayak the […]

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