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Manatee Springs State Park

11650 NW 115 St., Chiefland, Florida 32626 USA

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“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.

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January 07, 2021

Awesome! Saw over a hundred manatees just hanging out. Late December. Super cool

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March 02, 2018
Rated 4.0

Absolutely loved kayaking here. Spotlessly maintained. Enjoyed exploring the area and hiking with the dogs! No cell service-if that’s necessary move on.

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February 22, 2018

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.

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June 13, 2016
Rated 4.0

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.

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November 05, 2013

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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June 25, 2022
Rated 4.0

The park is dog friendly. Dogs are allowed in the water at the boat ramp but people are not. Like another reviewer mentioned there is a board walk to enter the water so you can’t tie up your dog and still see him. Visited in the summer so I didn’t see any manatees. I saw lots of fish at the boat ramp though. Absolutely beautiful to even just look at the water.

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Johnatan Jensen

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July 18, 2021
Rated 3.0

Decent park. Not much to do

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January 05, 2021

Went right at the end of the year. Didnt see any wildlife and the park felt a bit crowded and the springs dont feel as natural as I had hoped. Decks built all along the one side. I was disappointed relative to how far we went out the way to visit but understand that visiting when we did was not ideal.

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April 19, 2019
Rated 5.0

Kayaking here was great! We saw Manatees, vultures migrating and alligators and turtles! The kids swam in the blue springs and we hung out in hammocks. Beautiful day!

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Manatee Springs State Park

11650 NW 115 St.
Chiefland, Florida
32626 USA


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  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

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