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Manatee Springs State Park

 Activities at Manatee Springs State Park

Bicycling

Bicycling

Bicycles are welcome on all the park's roads. Mountain bikers can enjoy over eight miles of wooded off road trails within the park.

Boating

Boating

Motor boats can tie off at our floating dock located on the river. The park can be accessed by the 300 yard boardwalk into the springs area.

Pontoon Boat Tours offered by Andersons Outdoor Adventures.

Campfire Circles

Campfire Circles

Some Ranger programs include campfire circles that take place at the outdoor amphitheatre.  Call the park for more information.

Camping, Full Facility

Camping, Full Facility

The park features 78 earth-floored campsites in three loops, each with its own hot shower restroom, and all within easy walking distance of the spring. There is electricity and water at each site. There is no sewer hook up, but a dump station is provided. Even numbered sites 14-34, located in the Magnolia 1 camping area, are for tent camping only. Pets are allowed and must remain on a six-foot leash at all times and under control of their owners. During the cooler months, park rangers offer various interpretive programs. Accessible restrooms and showers are located in the Hickory Loop campground.

Maximum RV length = 40 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.

Camping Equipment Rentals and Full Service Camping Offered by Anderson’s Outdoor Adventures located in the park at the concessions stand down by the water front or call (352) 493-1699.

Camping, Youth

Camping, Youth

The park provides one youth camp for youth outdoor recreation-oriented groups. The youth camp accommodates up to 35 people. Chaperones, 18 years of age or older, are required for each 12 youths. Pets are not allowed in the youth area. Drinking water, an outdoor shower, a portable toilet and fire circle are available at the site.

For Youth Camping only reservations call (352) 493-6738.  For all other camping, please call the Ranger station (352-493-6072) or Reserve America. 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

Canoeing and kayaking is available year round down the famous Suwannee RiverManatee Springs State Park’s concessionaire Anderson’s Outdoor Adventures provides canoe, kayak, petal boat rentals and shuttle services located in the park at the concession stand down by the water front. Click for pricing and contact information to inquire about details or call (352) 493-1699 or visit Anderson's Outdoor Adventures, LLC - Canoes, Kayaks, Pedal Boats.

Concession & Restaurant

Concession & Restaurant

Canoe, kayak and pedal boat rentals, as well as a camp store and concession services are offered by Anderson's Outdoor Adventures, located inside the park at the concession stand by the waterfront.  Seasonal hours of operation for these concessions are:

May 1st through September 30th -- 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

October 1st through April 30th -- Friday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Fishing

Fishing

Freshwater fishing from the park's boardwalk along the spring run and in the Suwannee River is always popular. Largemouth bass, catfish and a variety of panfish will delight the lucky angler.

A Florida freshwater fishing license may be required.

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking/Nature Trail

Manatee Springs State Park offers 8.5 miles of nature trails that wind through cypress swamps, sinkhole ponds and uplands

Pets

Pets

Well-behaved dogs are welcome at Manatee Springs State Park. They must be kept on a 6-foot leash at all times and can not be left unattended for more than a half-hour. Dogs are not permitted in buildings or swimming area.

Because the close proximity can lead to problems between dogs meeting on the boardwalk, pets are restricted from boardwalks. Pets on a leash and controlled by owners can wade into the spring run at the canoe launch facility.

Picnic Pavilion

Picnic Pavilion

Pavilions are available for reserved rental in the picnic area near the spring. Please see our home page for rental fees

Picnicking

Picnicking

Picnic tables are available for your use.  Soda vending machines are located in the waterfront picnic area.

Playground

Playground

The playground is located near the waterfront.

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

Scuba divers must present their certification upon registration. Open water, cavern and cave diving is available in Manatee Spring or Catfish Hotel Sink. Dive instructors are required to purchase a Commercial Dive Permit. All divers are required to register with the office prior to diving and must have a dive buddy.  All divers must be registered by 3:00 pm and out of the water, with their c-cards returned, by 5:00 p.m. 

Divers must dive within their certification limits.

Snorkeling

Snorkeling

Snorkel and Mask sales and rentals by Anderson’s Outdoor Adventures located in the park at the concession stand by the waterfront.

Swimming

Swimming

Swimming activities can be enjoyed in the natural feature of this beautiful first magnitude spring. Use caution, the current is swift.

Tours

Tours

Rangers present guided tours along Sink Trail, the waterfront boardwalk, and an occasional night walk. Conestoga Wagon rides are offered seasonally (fall and spring) along the north trail system. Ranger led paddling programs are scheduled throughout the year. Most ranger led programs are free with paid park admission. Call the park at 352-493-6072 for more information.

Pontoon Boat Tours offered by Andersons Outdoor Adventures.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Excellent wildlife viewing is available along the boardwalk that winds through the cypress swamp from the spring to the river as well as along the hiking trails.