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Lake Manatee State Park

 Activities at Lake Manatee State Park

Bicycling

Bicycling

Lake Manatee State Park offers a fun, family friendly biking experience along our 2.5 mile paved interior road that winds you through Pine Flatwoods, down to the shore of beautiful Lake Manatee, through our day use area nestled in Sand Pine Scrub and finally winds lazily through our 2 campground loops. This is a smooth and pleasant ride. There are also 2.34 miles available of off road cycling for the more adventurous of heart with a variety of terrain. Here you can check out the wildlife, enjoy the beautiful panoramic views of the lake, wind through different habitat, see the wildflowers in bloom, observe the restorative results of prescribed fire and step back in time for a glimpse of what Real Florida is all about! The bicycles available at the park are fat-tired beach cruisers suitable for the pavement and for the sandy trail system. Bike rentals are available at the Ranger Station.

Participation Requirements

Boat Ramp

Boat Ramp

A boat ramp and fishing dock are available for visitors to use.

Boating

Boating

A Manatee County ordinance restricts boat motors to 20 horsepower or less. The ordinance also prohibits water-skiing.

Camping, Full Facility

Camping, Full Facility

A 60-site camping area located within walking distance from the swimming and fishing areas. Water and electricity are available at every site. A dump station is located at the entrance of the campground.

Camps are near picnic tables, playground and a swimming area and beach. A boat ramp and launching dock provide access to the lake. Well behaved pets are welcome at the campground.

Maximum RV length = 65 ft.

Reservations: Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through ReserveAmerica. Book Online or call (800) 326-3521 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) or TDD (888) 433-0287.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing & Kayaking

Bring your own canoe or kayak and travel the shores of our 2,400 acres Lake Manatee. Scenic Lake Manatee serves as a wonderful wildlife viewing area which is easy to tour by canoe or kayak.

Participation Requirements

Fishing

Fishing

Lake Manatee offers excellent fishing. A variety of species are frequently caught, such as largemouth and sunshine bass, speckled perch, bluegill, shellcracker and catfish. A Florida freshwater fishing license may be required. Lake Manatee Fishing Info

Geo-Seeking

Geo-Seeking

If you fancy yourself a hunter of treasure or if you are looking for a fun activity to do with family and friends, Geocaching may be for you! Come and pay homage to the legendary pirates that once sailed along the coasts of Florida. Imagine all of the Spanish gold they absconded with and the treasure hunters that followed! Geocaching is a unique and fun way to do some exploring and treasure hunting yourself here in Real Florida at Lake Manatee State Park, where you will search your way through Sand Pine Scrub, Pine Flatwoods, Hardwood Forests and Depression Marsh for your Geocaching treasure. There are 40 caches in the park scattered along our trail systems. This activity is suited to varying age groups and experience levels. To learn more about Geocaching you can visit their website at www.geocaching.com

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking/Nature Trail

There are several trails located throughout the park. Stop by our ranger station to obtain the maps of our in-park trails or our multi-use Gopher Trail.

Participation Requirements

Pets

Pets

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.

Picnic Pavilion

Picnic Pavilion

The Picnic Pavilion is located in the picnic area within view of Lake Manatee. This pavilion includes 12 picnic tables and rents for $74.55 for a full day, tax included. Electric, barbecue grill and water are available. Please contact the ranger station at (941) 741-3028 for availability and reservations.

Picnicking

Picnicking

Picnic tables and grills nestled in a mesic flatwood habitat just a short walk from the lake. A pavilion is also available and may be reserved. Seating capacity for up to 75 people.  Consumption of alcohol beverages is prohibited, except during park-sanctioned events where alcohol is permitted within designated areas.

 

Playground

Playground

A playground is aviailable at the park. Also available are horseshoe pits and a sand volleyball court. Visitors may bring their own equipment or rent our horseshoes and volleyballs for a nominal fee.

Restroom Facilities

Restroom Facilities

ADA accessible restroom facilities are available in the park.

Showers, Day Visitors

Showers, Day Visitors

A rinse station is located at the restroom near the swimming area.

Swimming

Swimming

Lake Manatee State Park’s designated swimming area is along the shores of a man-made reservoir. Water plants are frequently blown ashore. Conditions and accessibility vary seasonally. It is strongly recommended that those wishing to use the swimming area call in advance of their visit for current conditions. A lifeguard is not provided.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

The natural beauty of Lake Manatee State Park brings in several different species of wildlife. Some of the viewings have been bobcat, deer, quail, and gopher tortoises. See our birding list for a record of possible sightings.Lake Manatee SP Animal List Lake Manatee Gopher Trails