Sweetwater Kayaks is proud to be the ONLY AUTHORIZED provider of kayak and standup paddleboards (SUP) for Weedon Island Preserve and Veteran’s War Memorial Park.
Call the shop at 727-570-4844 for more information.
Weedon Island Preserve, Cultural and Natural History Center
1800 Weedon Drive NE
St. Petersburg, Florida 33702
To get on the water faster, print out the appropriate form, fill it out, and bring it with you.
|Weekend Kayak Rentals*
On the weekends Sweetwater Kayaks offers 4-hour or hourly rentals. Reservations are highly recommended and may be made for either 9:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. Sweetwater also offers hourly rental rates between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. ALL walk-up rentals are subject to boat availability. ALL rentals are due back by 5:00 p.m.
|Weekend Rental Rates* either location
Self-Guided Paddling Depart at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
|One Person Kayak||$17.00||$40.00|
|Two Person Kayak||$25.00||$56.00|
|Stand Up Paddle Board||$20.00||$50.00|
|Weekday Rentals* Weedon Preserve only
Rental operations begin at 10:00 a.m. with the last half day rental at 1:00 p.m. and the last hourly rental at 3:00 p.m. – weather permitting. ALL rentals are due back by 5:00 p.m.
|Weekday Rental Rates*||Hourly||4 hour||Full Day|
|One Person Kayak||$17.00||$40.00||$80.00|
|Two Person Kayak||$25.00||$56.00||$112.00|
|Stand Up Paddle Board||$20.00||$50.00||$100.00|
|*You’ll receive more prompt service if you will call us in advance. Please bring a cell phone and a watch with you. You may also want to pack a waterproof camera because you never know what you might see. Don’t forget to check the local tides so you don’t want to run aground!! Don’t know how to read a tide chart? No problem, contact the shop for tide information or any other questions you need answered. We can be reached at 727-570-4844. Have a great trip!!|
Local Weather Information
Check out the wind and rain forcast before heading out on NOAA site (Adjust date and time as necessary).
Here is the marine forecast for the Saint Petersburg / Tampa Bay area, current temperatures around the state, and the extended seven day forecast for the Saint Petersburg / Tampa Bay area courtesy of BayNews9′s website. Please note the tides listed by BayNews9 are for the Saint Petersburg Pier and not Weedon Island or Veteran’s Memorial Park. For accurate tidal information for Weedon Island or Veteran’s Memorial Park, please consult the appropriate tide chart below.
Maps and Tidal Information
Map to Weedon Island Preserve
Local Tide Chart for Weedon Island area. (Adjust date as necessary).
Map to Veterans Park, St. Petersburg
Local Tide Chart for John’s Pass Boca Ciega Bay area. (Adjust date as necessary).
TYPE OF RENTAL KAYAKS
The pictures represent the basic types of kayaks. The actual models may vary.
This kayak is very user friendly and is great for the whole family. Just hop on and paddle away! Only singles are available. Please call ahead for availability.
These kayaks have large open cockpits which are easy to get in and out of. They are generally wider than sea kayaks and are more stable. They are actually more stable than sit-on-top kayaks.
Tandem (for two people) Recreational Kayak
Double your fun with is kayak. A single, wide open cockpit design gives this tandem a canoe-like appearance. We have several different models of tandem kayaks in our fleet. Just as an F.Y.I. the RTM Brio, pictured here, also has a small jump seat in front of the rear seat. This enables two people plus a small child to occupy the same boat.
Light Touring Kayak**
We have several types of light touring kayaks which are appropriate for the beginner as well as the experienced kayaker. Based on information provided, we will select the kayak right for you.
**Boats are equipped with skegs not rudders as shown
Fiberglass and plastic sea kayaks are available upon request, but are not part of the standard rental fleet. Higher rental rates apply for sea kayaks and are only available from our shop location. If you are interested in paddling a sea kayak, please contact the shop at least one day in advance for rental price and boat availability.