This park extends three miles along the south shore of Lake Manatee. With a little more than 526 acres, the park was established in 1970 and welcomes visitors to fish, hike and camp.
To meet the needs of the growing number of visitors, staff and volunteers work to construct a new pavilion. In 1993, a single volunteer took on the project of constructing a pavilion from scratch. With the help of the Manatee County School Board and the Night Riders Group, he managed to construct the pavilion at no cost to the Florida Park Service.
Camping has always been a favorite activity at Lake Manatee. At the newly opened campground in 1986, one of the rangers meets with a couple to talk about ways to enhance their visit and make their camping stay more enjoyable. Some things ¿ like first class service ¿ never change.
These individuals were some of Lake Manatee State Park's former staff. They were instrumental in the development and success of the park. From left to right: Park Manager Charles Dickerman and Park Rangers Carolyn Kempton and Roy Specie.
As part of the continuing development of the park, two new restrooms were built to accompany the 60-site campground. The restrooms are accessible for all guests and include solar-powered hot showers for campers.