Parks are now
toll free, at
MANATEE STATE RECREATION AREA
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.
Recreational opportunities include a 60-site camping area located within
walking distance from the swimming and fishing areas. Swimming is available
in the designated area in Lake Manatee with a bathhouse
and shower facility located close by. 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.
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.
Lake Mantee is
popular with RV-ers.
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 waterskiing.
Lake Manatee State Recreation Area is located 15 miles east of Bradenton on S.R. 64.
Lake Manatee State Recreation Area is open seven days a week from 8 am til
sundown. The park is located 15 miles east of Bradenton on S.R. 64.
For more information on the
park and its activities, contact the park at:
Lake Manatee State Recreation Area
20007 S.R. 64
Bradenton, FL 34202.
Or call the park at: (941) 741-3028.
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