Mangrove Tunnels of Weedon Island (Kayak)

Paddle the beautiful mangrove tunnels that lead through the tidal forests into quiet lagoons. The marked South Paddling Trail is easy to navigate. Expect to see an amazing array of wildlife on our journey, including great blue herons, egrets, roseate spoonbills, yellow-crowned night herons, white ibis, osprey and kingfishers. Watch the water of the lagoons for super - athletic high-jumping mullets, stingrays, manatees and bottlenosed dolphins.

The Tampa Bay Kayak Club maintains the canoe trail, using the old canals cut through the mangroves decades ago to give minnows access to mosquito larvae

These shady leafy tunnels become magical paths through acres of graceful mangrove trees. Tiny black crabs scuttle across the surrealistically arched mangrove roots as you paddle past them in the tunnels.

Starting at the south end of the island, thirty-nine signs lead us clockwise around the mangrove jungles.

No parking/launching fees.

No shuttle necessary.

Suggestions of items to bring:

• CASH
• Water
• Snacks/Lunch
• Dry bag
• Swimsuit and towel (and possible change of clothes)
• Bug spray and sunscreen
• Binoculars
• Camera

There are nice spots to get out of the kayaks and cool off in the clear salty water of the lagoon. And hopefully have some dolphin encounters!

Last time I was there we joined a bunch of boaters at a sandbar near the end,  and shared a few drinks.

 

RENTALS- Sweetwater Kayaks[masked]- (on site)

On the weekends Sweetwater Kayaks offers 4-hour rentals. Reservations are highly recommended and may be made for either 9:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. . ALL walk-up rentals are subject to boat availability.

I am setting the Meetup to the earlier 9AM block in order to avoid the hot mid-day temperatures, as well as to reduce the chance of running into afternoon thunderstorms.

 

Link to their website:  http://sweetwaterkayaks.wordpress.com/rentals/

Weekend Rental Rates:

1 person kayak  $40

2 person kayak $56

Stand Up Paddleboard $50

**10% group discount if we have 10 or more renting.

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Jossie

    Way fun!

    June 15, 2013

  • Dan

    Anyone want to carpool from the east side of Orlando? I plan to stay for lunch, but be back to Orlando at a decent time (for evening plans).

    June 13, 2013

    • Mike

      Jesse/Led, any chance you could carpool together? We have room for one more, but 3 in the back for 2 hours is pretty uncomfortable.

      June 14, 2013

    • Led M.

      We are no worries

      June 14, 2013

  • James K.

    Sounds awesome! But already made plans :(

    June 14, 2013

  • Ben

    Forgot that it was fathers day weekend. Have fun!

    June 14, 2013

  • Becky

    sorry I'm bailing. sounds like a blast, but I need to take tomorrow for other things. I'm glad to pass my rsvp to one of the folks on the waiting list - ENJOY!!! :)

    June 14, 2013

  • Aaron M

    I have my own kayak. Is there any charge for that?

    June 13, 2013

  • Pauline

    So do the people who are renting need to call beforehand to reserve a rental or do they already have some reserved for our group?

    1 · June 10, 2013

    • Pauline

      Awesome :) thanks!

      June 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you!

      June 13, 2013

  • Jeff B

    Sorry! Cant make it something came up

    June 11, 2013

  • Derik O.

    Just in case some people drop out.

    June 9, 2013

  • Led M.

    Just to get back on waiting list. if there's way to keep me on the end of it, then do it.

    May 28, 2013

  • Led M.

    Moving the day before. if by some miracle, i'm done early then i'm there with a friend too.

    May 28, 2013

  • Nicole O.

    Would have loved to join, but Kevin's graduation is that day :)

    April 6, 2013

  • Brett C.

    As a result the interest in this in event, I called and spoke to Sweetwater, and they will reserve a total of 30 spots for us. Those on the wait list should get bumped up now.

    2 · April 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will have cash!

    March 29, 2013

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