Little Manatee River State Park
About Little Manatee River State Park
A NOTE FROM THE MANAGER
Summer is a great time of the year to canoe or kayak the Little Manatee River. Canoe and kayak rentals are available at our Ranger Station for only $15.00 for a half day (up to 4 hours) or $30.00 for a full day (up to 8 hours). Limited number of canoes and kayaks are available so make sure to get there early, the park opens at 8:00 am. Common sights along the river are alligators, herons, turtles and on occassion otters and manatees can be seen.
Volunteer Opportunities - If you enjoy working with people and in the outdoors then give the ranger station a call at 813-671-5005 and ask for me, Christy Burch, Park Manager. The park is in need of some hard working, enthusiastic, self-motivated volunteers that have an interest in visitor services, grounds maintenance and trail maintenance. If you think you have what it takes, then we would love to have you as a park volunteer.
Come visit the "Real Florida"
Christy Burch, Park Manager
Little Manatee River State Park is located four miles south of Sun City Center, off U.S. 301 on Lightfoot Road. From Tampa: I-75 South to Exit 240A, East to U.S. 301, then South 4 miles, turn right onto Lightfoot Road, Park is on the right. From Sarasota/Bradenton: I-75 North to Exit 229, East to U.S. 301, then North 6 miles, turn left onto Lightfoot Road, Park is on the right. From Pinellas County: I-275 South, cross the Skyway Bridge to I-75 North, Exit 229, East to U.S. 301, then North 6 miles, turn left onto Lightfoot Road, Park is on the right.
- For forms, information and benefits of volunteering visit Get Involved.
- Friends of Little Manatee River
- 116 Hickory Creek Drive
Brandon, FL 33511
- Florida State Parks Pet Policy
- Pets are permitted in the campground and throughout the picnic area on a six-foot handheld leash. Pets are prohibited on all nature trails. There is a $2.00 fee per night for pet camping and owners must provide proof of rabies vaccination.