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Manatee Springs State Park

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Occasionally the river waters rise which in turn, makes the spring waters rise as seen along the trunk of this Cypress Tree.

Occasionally the river waters rise which in turn, makes the spring waters rise as seen along the trunk of this Cypress Tree.

One can only wonder what this Great Egret is pondering along the shores of the Spring Run.

One can only wonder what this Great Egret is pondering along the shores of the Spring Run.

Swim and snorkel to view abundant underwater life in the Manatee Spring.

Swim and snorkel to view abundant underwater life in the Manatee Spring.


Late afternoon sun shines on the Cypress that line the shores of the Suwannee, bringing out the colors of early Autumn.

Late afternoon sun shines on the Cypress that line the shores of the Suwannee, bringing out the colors of early Autumn.

Reflections of Cypress trees and knees in the Blue-toned waters at the spring.  Even though the water is clear, it takes on different shades as the light changes throughout the day.

Reflections of Cypress trees and knees in the Blue-toned waters at the spring. Even though the water is clear, it takes on different shades as the light changes throughout the day.

Catfish hotel isn't a hotel, but rather a popular place for certified divers. With proper certification, you can open water, cavern, and cave dive and view centuries of lime rock formations and underwater life.

Catfish hotel isn't a hotel, but rather a popular place for certified divers. With proper certification, you can open water, cavern, and cave dive and view centuries of lime rock formations and underwater life.


Vultures are a common site at Manatee Springs.  The Turkey Vulture is here year round while the Black Vulture migrates here in the Winter. They can often be seen in Cypress trees along the Suwannee River.

Vultures are a common site at Manatee Springs. The Turkey Vulture is here year round while the Black Vulture migrates here in the Winter. They can often be seen in Cypress trees along the Suwannee River.

The fire is almost ready for grilling. All of the sites have fire rings that have grills already in place.  Easy campfire cooking.

The fire is almost ready for grilling. All of the sites have fire rings that have grills already in place. Easy campfire cooking.

The cypress needles have discolored to a burnt sienna in this photo taken during autumn at Manatee Springs.  A great Egret hunts for fish along the shores of the Spring Run.

The cypress needles have discolored to a burnt sienna in this photo taken during autumn at Manatee Springs. A great Egret hunts for fish along the shores of the Spring Run.


The fire is almost ready for grilling. All of the sites have fire rings that have grills already in place.  Easy campfire cooking.

The fire is almost ready for grilling. All of the sites have fire rings that have grills already in place. Easy campfire cooking.