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Lake Manatee State Park, Bradenton

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Lake Manatee State Park is a 556acre State Park in the U.S. state of Florida, located on the south shore of 2400acre Lake Manatee. It is 9mi east of I-75 on State Road 64 in Bradenton. It is made up of pine flatwoods, Sand Pine scrub, marshes, and hardwood forests.Activities include canoeing and kayaking, camping, boating, picnicking, swimming. Among the wildlife of the park are alligators, turtles, osprey. Amenities include a 60-site campground, boat ramp, dock, and picnic area. The park is open from 8:00 am till sundown year round.
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  • Low season so all time for us. Because of the high water level less animals, but beautiful nature.
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  • Took the kids here many times for nature lessons and pure fun. Learned respect for Gators!!! Beautiful, serene Florida.  more »
  • Nice ell kept area. We were looking for a campground to stay at and this area is worth a try. A huge day use area with plenty of parking. I love to fish and the only place to fish is the boat launch a...  more »
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  • This is a pretty Park on a fresh water lake with decent fishing. There is a swim area as well as a few rugged hiking trails. Worth a trip as there is no fee to enter. There is a small camping area. Bring a camera and catch the abundant wildlife as you explore.
  • Showers and restrooms were nice. Sites were private with woods between. Was a little far from the beach.
  • If you're looking to get in touch with "real" Florida, this is a great park to do it. plenty of natural flora and fauna, make you feel like you could be hacking your way through the Florida bush, like early settlers or native peoples. Lots of good trails, some nice places to sit and have a picnic if you're so inclined. Be sure to bring bug spray.
  • Fun place to camp. Bathroom facilities were very clean on daily basis. Not much to do outside of walking the trails that outline the campsites and canoe in the lake. Very close to Bradenton motor sports park, so if you don't like the sound of drag races you might want to verify there aren't any events the nights you plan on staying.
  • Great fishing on the lake and on the river. Peace and quite for camping or for taking a swim in the lake. Aligators are not a real problem here but they are around. Excellent place to rest and relax away from the city.

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