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Lake Manatee State Recreation Area
Copyright: Florida Division of Recreation & Parks
Lake Manatee State Recreation Area
Description - To supply Manatee and Sarasota Counties with drinking water, the Manatee River was dammed creating a 2,500-acre reservoir. Fringed with bald cypress draped in Spanish moss, the lake averages only 13 feet deep; however, deeper holes provide good habitat for a variety of fish species. Boaters need to be aware that the reservoir has a limit of 20 horsepower motors and less.

Attractions - Known for good fishing, Lake Manatee State Recreation Area offers three miles of shoreline on the 2,500-acre impounded part of the Manatee River. Over 550 acres of park land give visitors an area for camping, picnicking, boat launching and trail use. A campground offers 60 tent and RV sites with several accommodating handicapped individuals. Modern restroom facilities, boat launch and picnic areas attract outdoor enthusiasts from the Sarasota and Tampa area.

Recreation - Fishing, camping and picnicking are the main recreations enjoyed at Lake Manatee State Recreation Area. Five miles of multi-use trails offer interior and lakeside hikes. Mountain bikes and equestrians welcome. Lake swimming is permitted. Canoeists find the placid waters a relaxing escape from the nearby suburban areas.

Climate - Winters in west central Florida are normally mild with occasional temperatures dipping into the 30's and 40's Fahrenheit. However, averages range between 52 and 64 degrees Fahrenheit (11 - 18 Celsius). Summers are normally hot and muggy with temperatures and humidity usually exceeding 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Averages range between 81 and 83 degrees (27 - 29 Celsius). Precipitation for the central west area ranges between 52 and 56 inches per year.

Location - The Central West Travel Region falls along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico shores with boundaries slightly above Crystal River running south to Englewood. Areas encompass cities as far west as Arcadia encircling major travel routes such as Interstate 75 and US 4. Lying the heart of this region are the urban destinations of Tampa and St. Petersburg.


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Filed By: STEVE THE ELECTRICIAN (TAMPA, FLORIDA)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: ** Overall rating- GOOD to Very GOOD.** Our family has camped here a number of times. The LAKE is a typical Fla lake complete with gators but the swimming area is nice and the gators don't bother you. You can FISH the lake but everyone must have a license and a boat launch is available(I believe there is a maximum motor size restriction-check before coming) CAMPGROUNDS were clean, brush & foliage between sites provided privacy, bathhouse & restrooms well maintained & clean. Two camping area's adjacently located with paved road thru both sites. CAMPING TIP-Come a few weeks before your camping trip, check out the sites, find 3-4 you like and then make reservations, you can then tell them which site you want. Small park but quiet and clean. Short trails for HIKING or off road BIKING. Grocery store and gas station located about 3-4 miles from park.


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Contact Information:
Lake Manatee State Recreation Area, 20007 S.R. 64 , Bradenton, FL, 34202, Phone: 941-741-3028

Additional Information:
Central West Florida - Located several hours west of the popular Orlando theme park area, Central West Travel Region falls along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico offering a wonderful blend of cultural and natural attractions easily accessed from U.S. Highway 19.
Florida Lakes, Rivers & Springs - The lakes, rivers and springs in Florida range from huge fresh water lakes to spring-fed serpentine rivers to year-round naturally warm swimming holes.
Florida State Parks - The mission of the Florida Park Service is to provide resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources.

Links:
Florida Division of Recreation & Parks - Official agency website.

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