Located on the southern end of Lake Manatee, Lake Manatee State Park offers a day of water activities. The state park is just 15 miles east of Bradenton, Florida, along State Road 64.
Several areas of Lake Manatee State Park are available for swimming, although swimming is sometimes prohibited due to normal influxes in bacteria levels. Florida State Parks Information Center recommends calling ahead to (941) 741-3028 to ensure that the lake is open.
Boats with 20-horsepower engines or less are permitted on Lake Manatee with a launch located in the park. Canoeing and kayaking are also popular activities at Lake Manatee State Park.
Full-facility camping sites with water and electricity are also available at Lake Manatee State Park. The fee in 2009 was $22 per night, plus tax.
Lake Manatee State Park is open every day of the year at 8 a.m. The park closes at sundown.
Expect to pay an entrance fee at Lake Manatee State Park. The fees in 2009 were $5 per vehicle, with a limit of eight people per vehicle; $4 for single passenger cars, and $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists.
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