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Lake Manatee State Park

Bradenton, Florida


20007 E State Road 64
Bradenton, Florida 34212
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 60
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 27.47622
Longitude: -82.34698

Elevation: 70' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) ?
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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33 Reviews

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

At the time we were there they had temp bathrooms set up do to revitalization. They were very clean and spacious. Our site (11) was very nice with a lot of foliage and we felt isolated from other campers in a good way. The camp host was by all the time and was very pleasant to talk to. She kept the park very clean. We had a fire ring and a picnic table and the sight was big. Only issue, if you have a kayak or canoe be prepared to hump through loose sand, and a good distance down the road. We'll be back! We camped at Lake Manatee State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
11
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight, Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

If you have a bigger RV I suggest site 1 or 2, they appear bigger.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

Nice quiet park. Well maintained. Good cell phone reception on AT&T. The trees blocked my roof mounted satellite dish, but over the air HD channels were good. We camped at Lake Manatee State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
43
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Get your groceries in town before coming out. The park is about 10-15 miles from the nearest grocery store.

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Review Count: 52
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

This is a very nice state park with good paved interior roads. Our site was flat and level sand with crushed shell. There's no asphalt or concrete but they are spacious and private. Each one has a table and fire ring. The campground is carved out of Florida woodlands thick with pines, oaks and palmettos. For the most part, you don't notice your next door neighbor because of the lush native barrier between each site. There is a nice playground in the day use portion of the park. The bath houses were kept clean and neat during our stay. There is no laundry facility on site. The campground proper is located about ½ miles from highway 64. I did notice some road noise early in the day and here is a race track nearby that can be heard also. I didn't find either annoying or obtrusive. Off air TV reception is good for all networks with 20+ channels. We were lucky and found a hole through the trees to use our satellite dish. There is no WiFi but Verizon had 4 of 4 bars LTE service. Lake Manatee SP has become our new place to stay while visiting family in the Bradenton area. We camped at Lake Manatee State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
49
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

Only a one night stay for us. The park is fairly small, and the main feature is bordering upon Lake Manatee. The park is well-kept and clean. Our site was easy to back into and fairly level, making set-up quite easy. Park staff quite friendly. We camped at Lake Manatee State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Site 4
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 46
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

We were only able to get 2 nights at this campground as Florida State Parks are packed this time of year, so at a cost of $22/night we might as well see what it's like. We were pleasantly surprised. There are 2 loops with a total of 60 sites: 30 amp and water, no sewer but a dump station. You receive a gate code to get in and out before and after hours. Sites are just long enough for us and level. Easy enough to get into and very spacious. Lots of foliage, picnic table and fire ring. There are 2 posts at the back of the site which we guess are for a clothes line (or a hammock).

With all the trees, we couldn't get satellite, but picked up many OTA stations. Verizon signal good. There's a  paved trail through the two camping loops to the lake. The lake was great, the swimming beach, not so much, as the sand has washed away. We were concerned about the speedway next door as we had read reviews that said the noise was unbearable, but even though a race was going on Saturday night, we did not find it annoying. We enjoyed this little slice of nature. We camped at Lake Manatee State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
34
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There's a Publix store and fast food about 6 miles away by the exit off I-75.

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Review Count: 129
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 72

Date of Stay: December, 2016 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

$22 per night was for a mostly level sand site with 30-amp electric and water. Site #25 was wide & long enough for my 40' motorhome and tow to park on very comfortably. Even after deploying the slides there was plenty of room for extra chairs and tables, if needed. The awning had plenty of room to extend as well. Each site has a heavy wooden picnic table and fire ring and is separated from other sites by lots of native vegetation. The park experienced a wildfire several years ago and when they rebuilt the campground, they installed sprinklers atop each water spigot to allow them to keep the area wet if another fire threatens. It was quiet during my stay, even over the weekend when many families arrived...well, except for when the nearby racetrack was active but at least they don't race all night long! When I arrived, a very personable ranger who provided lots of information on the park and the local area staffed the campground office; there are many activities available in the park and surrounding area. There are no manatees in Lake Manatee as the dam prevents the manatee from entering. The park is gated at night (code provided to campers) which gives one an added feeling of security. The night sky was brilliant with stars. The campground is about five miles from most any amenity and about 15 miles from Bradenton proper. If you want to purchase firewood, you'll have to go in town as they don't sell any in the park and picking up of downed wood is prohibited. AT&T cell signal was low but usable for texting and sometimes voice. My Verizon jetpack worked well for internet reception. I received 30+ digital over-the-air TV stations and many radio stations. We camped at Lake Manatee State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
25
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Buckaroo Roadhouse was only about a mile outside the park with local color & great pig wings! Lots to do & see in Bradenton, Sarasoto, and Tampa area.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

Palmettos, pine, and oaks border the camp sites and provide reasonable privacy with about 15-20+ feet of vegetation between camp sites. Site was covered with leaves and pine needles. Most site appear to be reasonable level and should only need minor adjustments.

Bikes are limited to the paved park roads in the camping area and those which provide access to the lake beach and playground area and the boat launch area.

Hiking trails appear to provide access to the largest area of the park.

We were here on a Thursday and Friday night. The race track was open Thursday evening. There was some awareness of the loud speakers from the track, but it was very tolerable. I have been in campgrounds were the campers were noisier and more annoying.

Staff was very helpful and pleasant.

There is not any wifi in the park and my repeater did not pickup any nearby. Camp host indicated the nearest to be McD's about 15 minutes southwest. We camped at Lake Manatee State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
41
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 82
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $11.00
Overall Rating:

Spacious sites with good privacy because of vegetation between campsites. Paved roads and walking path to the recreation area on the lake. We were here to visit the Blues Festival in Bradenton and didn't use the swimming beach so can't comment on that. Very convenient to Bradenton which has a great River Walk area and not far from grocery stores and other shopping.
Only drawback was the noise from the nearby racetrack. We camped at Lake Manatee State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Visit River Walk in Bradenton.

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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $11.00
Overall Rating:

Very easy access with lots of privacy. Most spots looked fairly shaded. Saw lots of rabbits in this park. More than we've ever seen in any other state park. Weeknights were not crowded. Should know that there's a speedway just down the street so lots of noise from this on weekends. Also, nice lake but limited as far as to size of boat motors. Nothing over 20 hp. Swimming area was loaded with lots of water hyacinth I would not swim in it. However, on Saturday a group of Boy Scouts were there clearing it out so you could swim. About 10 minutes from shopping and about a half hour to beaches depending on traffic. Overall nice quiet park other than the noise from the speedway. We camped at Lake Manatee State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
26
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 31
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 18

Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

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.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
60
Site Surface
Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight, Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

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

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

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.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

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.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

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.

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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: February, 2013 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

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.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2013 - $11.00
Overall Rating:

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.

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