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Manatee Springs State Park
Essential Eligibility Criteria


Moonlight Paddle

In order to participate in this program…

  • Participant(s) with gear must not exceed manufacturer’s weight limit for canoe and kayak .
  • Must be able to follow verbal and/or visual instructions independently or with the assistance of a companion.
  • Must have the ability to wear a properly fitted personal floatation device.
  • Must have the ability to enter and exit the canoe/kayak independently or with the assistance of a companion or with the use of adaptive equipment.
  • Must have the ability to remain seated, maneuver, and balance independently or with the assistance of a companion or with the use of adaptive equipment. 
  • At least one person in the canoe/kayak must have the ability to move the vessel through the water in a stable manner and return it back to the launching area.


In the event of a capsize, you must have:

  • The ability to get out from under the watercraft, independently.
  • The ability to right oneself and remain face up in the water with the aid of a personal floatation device.