Lake Manatee State Park

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About Lake Manatee State Park

There may not be any actual manatees at Lake Manatee State Park, but who needs manatees when you’re in a hot spot for buried treasure? Perhaps inspired by the pirates that once trolled the Florida shores, there are allegedly 40 caches of goodies hidden throughout the park’s trail system. If you’ve got a smartphone and some wits about you, the bounty can be yours. Not interested in geocaching? There’s tons of other stuff to do. Nature trails take you through terrain of hardwood forests, depression marsh, pine flatwoods, and sand pine scrub. Play spot the wildlife along the way. Bikers can cruise along a paved winding path or explore over two miles of off-road trails. There’s swimming, excellent fishing, and 2,400 acres of freshwater lake to see by boat, kayak, or canoe. We’re pretty sure you’ll find some treasure, no matter how you decide to spend your time here.

Campgrounds in Lake Manatee

Lake Manatee Campground

1. Lake Manatee Campground

So, you spent all day on the lake having fun in the sun and now you’re too beat or buzzed to get behind the wheel? We’ve been there. Luckily, Lake...

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Ali: We were the only tent campers today, but everyone was welcoming and helpful. Clean, quiet campsite on Friday evening. You may...
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June 5th, 2015
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June 5th, 2015
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We were the only tent campers today, but everyone was welcoming and helpful. Clean, quiet campsite on Friday evening. You may want to check the nearby race track schedule, though--the park is adjacent and we heard the drag race cars practicing throughout early evening.

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History of Lake Manatee State Park

Lake Manatee State Park extends along three miles of the south shore of Lake Manatee, which serves as a water reservoir for Manatee and Sarasota counties. With a little more than 526 acres, the park was established in 1970 and welcomes visitors to fish, hike and camp. Despite the name of the lake and park, visitors cannot actually see manatees at this park because of the dam on the Manatee River. The park habitat consists primarily pine flatwoods and sand pine scrub with some depression marshes and hardwood forests.