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. 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"
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.