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Lake Manatee State Park

 About Lake Manatee State Park

Trees hang over the edge of the lake.


Manny Perez


With the arrival of autumn comes some of the best Florida weather of the year and makes activities on the lake even more enjoyable! Lake Manatee offers a variety of recreational opportunities. Some of the common activities one would think of are fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, wildlife viewing and swimming; but it is also being enjoyed more and more by Geocachers! No need to wait in long lines to get out to the beach or to launch your boat. Lake Manatee is a great place for water related activities without the crowds and lines plus there are so many little nooks and crannies to explore here. So on your next outing with family or friends forget about the “Salt Life” and come see what the “Fresh Life” is about! We’re looking forward to seeing you this autumn at beautiful Lake Manatee.


Take exit 220 off of I-75. Lake Manatee State Park is located 9 miles east of I-75 on State Road 64 in Bradenton, Florida.


  • Volunteer - Lake Manatee State Park is always looking for outgoing and dedicated volunteers to assist with day-to-day park operations, special projects and campground hosting.
  • For forms, information and benefits of volunteering visit Get Involved.



  • Florida State Parks Pet Policy
  • Pets are allowed in the park at Lake Manatee State Park. Visitors should remember to clean up after their pets and keep pets on a 6 foot hand-held leash at all times. Pets may not be left unattended. You may walk your pet along the trails, and in use areas, but they are not allowed in the swimming area. Service animals are welcome in all visitor use areas in the park. Please contact the Ranger Station for specific pet restrictions or inquiries.