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Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $22.00
One of the nicest Florida parks. Big private sites, easy to access. A few walking trails. Beach not great, wouldn't swim because of alligator warning. Very quiet. We camped at Lake Manatee State Park in a Travel Trailer.
O'Briens family farm, 2 or 3 miles west of park, lots of fresh fruit and vegs. Rye Reserve about 5 miles west/north good place to walk
Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $25.00
Sites are spacious and well-separated for a quiet, private stay. Cell phones worked well. It is convenient to activities in Sarasota. Staff was pleasant, even stopping to tell us not to rush to leave since no one was coming in. This was our second stay here, and we will return. We camped at Lake Manatee State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $22.00
Nice park - clean, safe and quiet park (we were not there during racetrack activities). More convenient for water activities like canoe, fishing, etc. Hiking trails are located on staff roads. There are not really bike trails in the park, but a lot around Bradenton. We would go back there for a short stay. We camped at Lake Manatee State Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $25.00
We really enjoyed the quiet at this campground. Our site (#28) was very spacious, level and provided much privacy. Boating is permitted on the lake, there is a tiny beach and a nice sized park. It's a perfect place for a little r&r. We camped at Lake Manatee State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: February, 2013 - $10.00
There are probably a couple of sites that would accommodate a 40' RV and tow vehicle, but the one we booked wasn't one of them. The trees and the narrow winding road make it difficult for a big rig. We camped at Lake Manatee State Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: February, 2013 - $11.00
We loved this campground; it is (almost) everything we look for in a good campground. Every site is wooded and private. There are other campers nearby, but they are not right on top of your site. The site was clean, had a fire pit, a picnic table and had 2 posts for us to set up our hammock. The bathrooms and showers were very clean, the shower water warm. Lake Manatee is a 3 minute walk and is a pretty lake, although we would not recommend swimming in it. The lake has a designated swimming area, but it was mucky, and there were alligator warning signs. The campground host was very friendly, and even drove up in the evening in his cart offering cheap firewood. This is a state park and so does not have a lot of the things you would find in a private resort such as pool, games, etc., but it had everything we look for in a park: peace, quiet, privacy, nature, and cleanliness. We strongly recommend this park to everyone looking for these things. We camped at Lake Manatee State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: December, 2012 - $22.00
No full-hookup available and the sites are very tight. We hit several trees maneuvering to, into and out of our site. They really need to clean up the trees if they are going to allow 40' RV's to make reservations. Otherwise, great private feeling sites with fire ring & picnic table. They sell firewood at a reasonable price at the ranger station. We camped at Lake Manatee State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: January, 2012 - $22.00
Generally the 60 EW sites are large and secluded. All have fire pits. Beware of the squirrels. They chewed holes in my 2 new freshwater hoses. The rangers are aware of the problem, but apparently do not wish to resolve it. Placing a bowl of water next to the hose, as the rangers suggest, does not satisfy the squirrels thirst for water. There is no internet, cable, or laundry. While the park extends along three miles of Lake Manatee, swimming is not advised because of alligators. There is a boat launch and fishing dock, canoe and kayak rentals are available. The walking trails are rather boring. There is only one ranger led activity; a weekly evening owl walk. Unfortunately there there is a noisy racetrack a few miles up the road, so you may wish to inquire about race dates. Two miles down the road is the O’Brien Family farm where you can purchase fresh produce. As well the farm has a strawberry u-pick. No bending necessary as the berries are hydroponically grown. Despite some of the drawbacks, we thoroughly enjoyed our two week stay, especially nightly campfires and walks around the campground. We camped at Lake Manatee State Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $22.00
We had a great camping here. There are nice short trails. It was not crowded. It is refreshing swimming in the lake. It is very peaceful. The playground for the kids was great. The showers were very clean. We camped at Lake Manatee State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2011 - $12.00
This is a very nice and well laid out state park on Lake Manatee. Lake is 2,400 acres in size and around 12 feet deep, you can swim or fish here if you wish. You will find no Manatees in this lake due to a dam on west end. Park has two large rings with RV sites around the rings. A bathhouse sets in center of each ring. Sites are super size, hard packed gravel, level, wide, deep, clean, with good 30 amp power, water, fire ring, and a table. You feel like you are parked in the woods and have lots of trees and ground cover around the site. Hard to see other sites close by as you are over a 100 feet away from others. Playground equipment for the kids near lakeside. Staff was very helpful at check in. You have good roads and walkways in park. Bathhouses were all clean. Verizon cell and 3G card had five bars and was super fast here. You will hear a little road noise from Hwy 64 to the south of park, not bad. Park has dog clean up bags all over the park and I did not see any dog land mines on the ground to step on. Park has recycling cans for everything, use them. Dump station was super size, no problems to get in and out. Gates are locked at night and you have a code to get in. Rate was for FL Senior. We camped at Lake Manatee State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: January, 2011 - $22.00
Two shaded loops each have a central bath house. They are unheated which makes for some nippy showers on cold winter days, but plenty of hot water and always clean. Plenty of shade but room enough in almost spaces for our 33' fifth wheel and truck. The trees impact satellite reception in many sites, so we had to put our cube on top of the RV. We had good cell phone reception. The park is about 10 miles from most shopping, and it's a bit of a drive to the coast through a lot of city. Very quiet even though full every weekend. We camped at Lake Manatee State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: November, 2010 - $27.00
Al thought the sites were sandy they were level and packed well for our 40' MH. Large sites with privacy from your neighbors. The restrooms were large, easily accessed and VERY clean thanks to the great hosts. We would definitely stay there again. We camped at Lake Manatee State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: April, 2010 - $15.00
Stayed on site 45. It was a level, roomy site with privacy. Has nice, clean restrooms. Was an easy hike to lake. We camped at Lake Manatee State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: January, 2010 - $26.00
Loved this park. Very scenic with paved roads and brush is cleared away from road. Sites are sand, but very large with Florida palms and greenery barrier between each site for privacy. Restrooms/showers very nice - looked new. We had plenty of space on all sides. No trouble using my Verizon phone and connecting to internet with Verizon air card. Only stayed one night on way to FL, but already reserved for two night stay on our way back home the end of March. This is truly a FL state park that can accommodate large trailers/motorhomes. Not far from Bradenton and I-75. We camped at Lake Manatee State Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: February, 2010 - $18.00
We camped in site #46. Our site had standing water on it when we arrived in a rainstorm. Most sites around us did also but by the next morning the water had dried up. Most RV's could fit on any site in campground. All were deep and most were wide enough as well. Each had a fire ring/grill combo, picnic table, w/e, and poles to put laundry up to dry on. Park has hiking paths, boat ramp, a lakefront that swimming is allowed in, 20 hp limit for boats, and a playground in the day use area. Restrooms were clean when we checked at the beginning our our stay. Park host has a coffee get together on Saturday mornings for the campers. TV stations were numerous w/o a sat dish. Park has a small store in ranger station as well as sells firewood there. Most of the campers this time of year are snowbirds. We only saw one other camper from FL in the campground. So if you want to camp in winter book early since sites go fast. Everyday conveniences not too far away. We visited Gamble Plantation and De Soto National Monument which were withing 20 miles of Lake Manatee. We camped at Lake Manatee State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
O'Briens family farm, 2 or 3 miles west of park, lots of fresh fruit and vegs. Rye Reserve about 5 miles west/north good place to walkK Willie • February 2015
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