235 15 Ave SE , Saint Petersburg, FL 33701 * (727) 570-4844 * Email us at theshop@sweetwaterkayaks.com


Weedon Island Rental

OPEN DAILY 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

(Last rental at 3:30 p.m.)

-All rental hours are weather permitting-

Rental Address: 1800 Weedon Drive NE. St. Petersburg, Florida 33702

*This address will bring you to the Weedon Island Preserve Visitor’s center where parking is available for the rentals.


Call us at 727-570-4844 for reservations.

We do not make same day reservations, but can facilitate walk up rentals most days.  Call for availability.

Mangrove tunnels are tidal dependent, so please be sure to check the tides

*If possible, please arrive 15 minutes early for your reservation time to allow time for the check-in process. We appreciate your patience during this busy time of year. 

Rental Pricing

Single Kayak

1 Hour
2 Hours
4 Hours

Double Kayak

1 Hour
2 Hours
4 Hours

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUPs)

1 Hour
2 Hours
4 Hours


1 Hour
2 Hour
4 Hours


  • Drinking water (1 liter or more per person in the summer)
  • Dress in quick drying clothing.
  • Cell phone (we provide a dry bag).
  • Water shoes or flip flops. Plan on getting at least your feet wet.
  • Sunglasses and a hat.
  • Sunscreen
  • To save time at check-in you can bring your own weedon rentals form already filled out.


Weedon Island Preserve prohibits alcohol & pets. Please leave your critters & alcohol at home.


Local Tide & Weather Information

Here is the local forecast and marine forecast for the Saint Petersburg / Tampa Bay area. You will also find information on current temperatures, an accurate tide chart for the Weedon Island area, an extended seven day forecast, and other useful information to help you plan your paddling trip.

If your planning on paddling the mangrove tunnel loop please check the tides to ensure you will have enough water to complete the trail. Usually a tide of about 1ft is enough to make it through the tunnels.

Weedon Island Tide Information.     Marine Forecast.     7 Day Forecast.

Weather Conditions Policy

We want to make your trip as enjoyable and safe as possible. Therefore we have the following weather guidelines in place:

  • If the wind is 15 mph or over, we may not send you out on the water depending on wind direction and conditions. This is both for your safety, and to ensure you have the best paddling experience!
  • You are more than welcome to paddle in the rain, but we will not put rentals on the water within 30 minutes of thunder or lightening.

*Sweetwater Kayaks management and employees reserve the right to refuse to rent to any individual whom they feel is not dressed safely for the conditions.

Find Sweetwater Kayaks @ Weedon Island!

Sweetwater Kayaks’ rental location is just south of the Cultural Center on Weedon Island


These 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. Limited availability.


Recreational Kayaks
These kayaks have large open cockpits which are easy to get in and out of. They are generally wider and are more stable. They are actually more stable than sit-on-top kayaks.

Tandem (for two people) Recreational Kayaks
Double your fun with is kayak. A single, wide open cockpit design gives this tandem a canoe-like appearance. 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.

Paddle Boards
Most of our rental fleet are foam boards, about 11′ in length, which offer good stability for the novice paddler. We have life jackets (required by the USCG), paddles, and leashes. So dress to get wet and come have some fun.

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