“100 million gallons of water made... daily!”
Manatee Springs State Park is located around Manatee Spring. The first-magnitude spring at this park produces an average of 100 million gallons of clear, cool water daily. In winter, West Indian manatees swim upriver to the warmer waters of the springs. Popular for snorkeling and scuba diving, the headwaters of the spring are also a great spot for swimming. The spring run forms a sparkling stream that meanders through hardwood wetlands to the Suwannee River. Canoe and kayaks can be rented May through September. Children enjoy the playground in the picnic area. Hiking and bicycling are available on the north end trail system. The full-facility campground is surrounded by red oak woods.
Absolutely loved kayaking here. Spotlessly maintained. Enjoyed exploring the area and hiking with the dogs! No cell service-if that’s necessary move on.
Quiet, remote, jungle like, and friendly! Spacious sites for all sizes of campers. Gravel/ sand pads. Magnolia loop 1 has full hook ups. We stayed on Magnolia loop 2. Chiefland is a small town about 8 miles away with a Winn Dixie and Walmart, a few car washes, restaurants and gas stations.
WiFi is non existent at the campground except at the concession stand. TV channels are very limited!
A nice swimming hole exists in the river near the concession. Canoes, kayaks are available for rent and a pontoon boat tour is also available.
We loved this park. Super cold, crystal clear water that my family really enjoyed snorkeling in. Lots of fish and wildlife, beautiful green canopy of trees. The spring gets very, very deep, so there is something for the young ones, and the more experienced swimmers.
I went here. The section of super clear aqua waters was pretty, however extremely small! It was probably like 10x8 feet is all. It would've been worth it if I had scooba gear with me.
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Manatee Springs State Park
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