Management of Weedon Island Preserve includes balancing
resource-based recreational use with ecological restoration
and conservation. Please help us manage this Preserve
for your enjoyment and protection of its natural and
cultural resources. Common questions are listed below.
Feel free to contact
any additional questions.
Can I bring my dog to Weedon Island Preserve?
Boy Scout Trail at
Weedon Island Preserve.
|Fire at Weedon Island Preserve.
|Birds on Boardwalk
No, our Preserve is the only refuge for many native wild
animals. Their continued health depends on the Preserve
remaining in its natural state. Pets, including dogs,
cats, birds, and horses, are not allowed on the Preserve.
Native animals often view the family pet as a predator
and will respond accordingly. This additional stress
has a negative cumulative effect on our local wildlife
populations. In addition, when we fail to clean up
after domestic animals, the additional waste can contribute
to excessive nutrient loading, introduction of invasive
exotic plant species, and the spread of
found a cool plant on the Preserve.
Is it okay to
dig it up and take it home?
No, native plants help us create beautiful backyard landscapes
that provide wildlife habitat and reduce maintenance costs.
However, all flora and fauna on the Preserve are protected
and should not be disturbed. Visitors interested in native
landscaping are encouraged to visit local
nurseries that stock native plant species. When on the
Preserve, it is important to remember we are the visitors.
It is okay to look and learn, but please do not disturb local
- Can I bring beer into the Preserve?
No, alcoholic beverages are not allowed on any Pinellas
County preserve or management area.
can’t I smoke or light up fireworks?
The Preserve has many fire-adapted natural communities that
can ignite quickly. A stray cigarette butt or poorly
aimed bottle rocket can result in a wildfire. Consequently,
smoking and fireworks are not allowed on any of our preserves
and management areas. This restriction is in place for
the safety of the public visiting the Preserve as well as our
neighbors. Wildfires do not recognize property boundary
- Can I hunt on the Preserve?
No, consumptive wildlife activities are not allowed
on the Preserve.
found an animal in my backyard.
Can I let it go
in the Preserve?
No, healthy wild animals tend to keep their distance from humans. If a wild animal allows you to approach and handle it, there
is a good chance it is injured or sick. Pinellas County
codes do not allow the public to release wild or non-native
animals within Pinellas County because of the risk of spreading
disease. Please contact Pinellas
County Animal Services for more information on how to handle
a sick or injured animal.
I look for artifacts?
No, most of Weedon Island Preserve is located on State-owned
land. It is illegal to dig, disturb or remove artifacts
according to Chapter 872 of the Florida Statues.
- Are there bicycle trails in the Preserve?
No, public access to the Preserve is limited to resource-based recreation, and bicycles are not allowed on the hiking trail system. Visitors who wish to ride a bicycle to the Preserve may travel on the paved entrance/exit road (this does not include the entrance road to the Duke Energy Center on Weedon Island). Please keep pedestrians safe by parking bicycles in designated racks rather than riding on sidewalks and boardwalks.
us keep Weedon Island Preserve a place for all to enjoy. Additional
information on local rules that govern the Preserve
are listed in the Pinellas
County Ordinance: Chapter 90 and the Waterways Ordinance.
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