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Lake Manatee State Park

Bradenton, Florida

Contact Information
20007 Hwy 64 East
Bradenton, 34202
(941) 741-3028

Florida State Campgrounds
Reservations 1-800-326-3521

Lake Manatee State Recreation Area is a perfect example of the quiet and relaxed atmosphere that some of Florida's natural areas have to offer. Extending along three miles of the south shore of Lake Manatee, these 556 acres were once used for farming, cattle grazing, turpentining and timbering.

Today, the 2,400 acre reservoir that makes up Lake Manatee supplies drinking water to Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

Hours of Operation
Florida state parks are open from 8 a.m. until sundown 365 days a year.

Driving Directions
Take exit 220 off of I-75. Lake Manatee State Park is located 9 miles east of I-75 on State Road 64 in Bradenton, Florida.

Park Activities
Boat Ramp
A boat ramp and fishing dock are available for visitors to use.

A Manatee County ordinance restricts boat motors to 20 horsepower or less. The ordinance also prohibits water-skiing.

Lake Manatee offers excellent fishing. A variety of species are frequently caught, such as largemouth and sunshine bass, speckled perch, bluegill, shellcracker and catfish. A Florida freshwater fishing license is required for all persons over 16 years of age.

Full Facility Camping
A 60-site camping area located within walking distance from the swimming and fishing areas. Lake Manatee State Recreation Area is a Seasonal Camping Park.

A large picnic area is nestled in a sandpine scrub area just a short walk from the lake. A picnic pavilion is also available and may be reserved for a fee.

Swimming is available in the designated area in Lake Manatee with a bathhouse and shower facility located close by.