Weedon Island Preserve Management Plan
Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center
1800 Weedon Drive N.E., St. Petersburg 33702
Weedon Island Preserve Management:
Weedon Island Preserve is an expansive 3,000-acre natural area on Tampa Bay in north St. Petersburg. It is comprised mostly of marine ecosystems with some uplands. Indigenous peoples, including those during the "Weeden" (alternate spelling) Island Cultural Period, occupied this site for thousands of years.
A varied modern history also is part of the preserve's legacy. Today, the preserve protects this wide diversity of natural and cultural resources for current and future generations.
The preserve serves as a natural floodplain, which:
- protects nearby development from flooding and coastal erosion by reducing storm surge,
- provides valuable habitats for many kinds of animals including oysters, stingrays and even small sharks,
- offers an array of recreational and educational opportunities, such as paddling, hiking, and bird watching
Weedon Island Preserve is a well-known birding and fishing site. Although shell fishing is prohibited in all of Tampa Bay for health reasons, the preserve's fishing pier and outlying oyster bars are ideal sites for catching sea trout, snook and sheepshead. State of Florida Regulations governing saltwater fishing apply. Commercial fishing is prohibited. Two self-guided paddling trails allow for exploration of the preserve's islands and waterways (north trail is closed at this time). More than 4.7 miles of boardwalks and trails offer visitors an opportunity to enjoy and experience natural Florida.
Nestled deep within the preserve is the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center. Visitors are encouraged to view all of the exciting exhibits, explore the center's Gift Shop that carries cultural and natural history items. A resource center is also available for citizens to explore environmental and cultural topics.
- Educational center
- Guided tours and trails
- Fishing Pier
- Paddling Launch / Rentals
- Parking area