Manatee Springs State Park

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Mark Abrizenski


My favorite part of Manatee Springs is the beautiful spring run while kayaking or canoeing. The water flows gently through the spring run, on its way to the majestic Suwannee river. It’s a pace that will slow your soul and bring you some needed down time away from the hustle and bustle. Whether it’s sitting next to the campfire at one of our 80 campsites, lazily floating down the Majestic Suwannee River on a kayak or Canoe or hiking our many trails, we have you covered. A wide variety of wildlife reside at the park and you should be prepared to snap a photo of the deer, red tailed hawks and pileated woodpeckers that are seen often. Gopher tortoises live along the main park drive, so be sure to make the time to see them, if you’re here in the warmer months. During the winter months (typically 45 degrees at night) the West Indian Manatees come to take sanctuary in the spring run and spring. These threatened species are the gentle creatures that so many come to see. Remember to give them respect and space as they are a threatened species and protected by law. We have already had several visits from the manatees. It’s a great opportunity to take pictures and enjoy one of the gentlest creatures to frequent the spring. Call or check the website for alerts and special messages.

If you are a SCUBA diver, proof of certification is required and you must have a dive partner (no solo diving). We have multiple locations to dive depending on your level of certification. Swimming is open year-round when the river is calm and the water is clear.

Food is also served at the concession building by the spring. This is also where you can rent kayaks, canoes, stand up paddle boards, a pontoon or a book a guided tour on the Suwannee river. Please call (352) 493-1699 or visit for details and availability.

For whatever reason you come to Manatee Springs State Park, I know you will enjoy the peace it brings to your heart and you will want to return.