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Manatee Springs State Park, Chiefland

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Manatee Springs State Park is a Florida State Park located six miles west of Chiefland on SR 320, off US 19. Manatee Spring is a first magnitude spring that flows directly into the Suwannee River by way of a short run (though it is the longest spring run feeding the Suwannee River). Present also are swamps and hardwood wetlands along the Suwannee, along with many sinkhole ponds, including one with a cave 90 feet below the ground that connects to a popular divers' destination known as the catfish hotel.HistoryManatee Springs was visited in 1774 by William Bartram (1739–1823) and described in his book Travels through North & South Carolina, East & West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the Muscogulges, or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Chactaws, Containing an Account of the Soil and Natural Productions of Those Regions, Together with Observations on the Manners of the Indians (1791); it was named by Bartram himself ("Manate Springs") after seeing a manatee carcass on the shoreline of the spring run.BiologyTree types in the park consist of cypress, sweetgum, maple and ash.
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  • Made reservations for tent camping. Arrived at check in and was told that there was a downside to the site we had chosen. Mind you we reviewed the site map before making the reservation. Our "tent sit...  more »
  • Manatee Springs State Park was a quality find. My wife and I recently visited the park for the first time and had a really nice time. The young men running the concession stand were extremely respectf...  more »
  • The park was nice if you like Rustic,in a woods area.The showers were fine.The spring is pretty,many swam in 72° water .Staff was nice.BbQ good at the spring area.We enjoyed the pontoon ride.We were s...  more »

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