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Chiefland, Florida

Manatee Springs State Park

Chiefland, Florida



11650 NW 115 Street
Chiefland, Florida 32626
Phone: (352) 493-6072

Sites: 72
Recent Rate: $11 1/2017

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Latitude: 29.489592176941
Longitude: -82.973941918109
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • yes-river Waterfront Waterfront yes-river
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals yes
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals yes
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond yes
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

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75 Reviews

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Review Count: 45
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Including tax we were at $23/night. Verizon cell had a sketchy voice signal and no data signal (could not hot spot). Sprint Mifi had zero signal. There is free wifi at the sports/bbq building at the spring. Despite lots of trees, we were able to receive DirecTV from our site (MAG1 loop site 29). I imagine sat signal varies from site to site and even varies depending on where the dish is within the site. Our pull-thru site was rated for max 35' but we had no problem with our 40' motorhome plus tow car. We even saw a 45' coach in another pull-thru site. I suggest calling the park office prior to booking if you want to try to squeeze into a site. They'll tell you if they think you can "really" get in. The park is perfect for lots of outdoor activities. Park staff and camp hosts were wonderful. We enjoyed our time here and would definitely stay here again. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
29
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

There is an excellent sporting outfitter next to the spring. They are very friendly and helpful and have all sorts of activities to chose from. They also sell BBQ (the real deal - you can see the smoker going every day) and it is delicious! For bikers, you can easily ride to Fanning Spring. It's about 15 miles each way with half of it on a designated rail trail. Beautiful!

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Review Count: 47
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $11.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice park. Staff and rangers friendly and helpful. Facilities clean and up to date. Plenty of hiking/biking trails. Great boardwalk along the spring to the river and around spring head. Sand/gravel loop roads could use some smoothing out. Good day visit facilities (playground, pavilions, picnic benches, grills) and a good concession with wi-fi. Canoe/kayak rentals, river tour available. Cell phone spotty. All sights look pretty level. Ours was perfect. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
44
Site Surface
Gravel, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Cell coverage spotty, wi-fi available at the concession building, small convenience store at the main gate. Otherwise, only 6 miles to town. Be prepared to see lot of deer. Walked through our site early morning, late evening. Hike or bike the trails. Interesting sights, good map at ranger station.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Dirt roads bumpy, had to use the hitch slide (short bed truck with fifth wheel) to back in to site because of a tight site (trees), narrow road and cars in sites across, but was doable on first try with a skilled driving companion's directions. MANY armadillo, so we had to keep a tight leash on the dogs. Deer came right through between sites at all hours and were easily spotted on trails. Sunset pontoon ride was very pleasant and informative and extra special on the super moon night. Sites are not too close to each other and there is varying amounts of vegetation between each. No cell reception at all. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Mag2 - Site 049
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Scraping Branches, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Book the sunset pontoon tour - very interesting info about the Suwanee River. There is a moonlight tour also around full moon nights. Many hiking trails.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

We had a beautiful campsite in this park number 19. The sites at this park are all sand with little separation between neighboring sites. The 30 amp power is generally good. The water pressure was good. AT&T and Sprint mobile service is weak. The springs area is very nice with a long boardwalk out to a fishing pier. Many birds and other wildlife can be seen in the park, with deer commonly roaming through the camp ground. We stayed in the Magnolia 1 loop with upgraded facilities. The bathrooms were clean. While the main attraction of this campground is the springs and manatees there are also very nice hiking trails. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
Mag1 19
Site Surface
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
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

Absolutely wonderful place! Campsites are well spaced with shrubs in between for privacy and very roomy. Very quiet even though we were close to the concession and swimming area. Loads of wildlife to watch and everyone was very friendly and helpful. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
MAG2 site 51
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for 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
No
Tips for other Campers:

Take the pontoon tour on the Suwanee River. It's beautiful.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

We camped here in April. Camp site was level and a pull thru. We were right across from the Catfish sink hole in #13. Deer came through every morning and evening. Really enjoyed swimming in Manatee Springs, beautiful blue water with steps going down to the water. Area to sit and have lunch with a concession right there and you could rent canoes. Nice boardwalk through the springs out to the Suwannee River. Would camp here again but look out for ticks this time of year. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
13
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed 6 nights at Manatee Springs State Park. At first we were a bit nervous pulling into the camping area because the roads were narrow and uneven and it looked like tight maneuvering for a 33 ft fifth wheel. But when we actually had a better look at the sites, how they were set up and how to approach we were pleasantly surprised that they were easy to get in. There are some roots in the camping pad area, but they did not bother us. The camping, the trails and the boardwalk are all within easy walking distance and we had enough to do to spend most of our time exploring the parks and just resting in our zero gravity chairs. At night the stars are tremendous. The board walk is very nice and we walked it during the day and at night to see the stars. If you get up early and go to the springs ( 10 minute easy walk) you can see manatees at the springs.

The restrooms are a bit old but they are clean and well maintained. The showers are a bit cramped but there is a small sitting area. I found a green frog attached to my shower curtain which startled me but overall it met my minimum criteria. We did get wifi but it was weak (Verizon); enough to power my hotspot (for some of the day), but only if I put my phone in a certain area of the camper. There is free wifi at the concession area which is a 5-10 minute walk from any of the campsites.

There are also nice drives to several wild life reserves within easy driving. The only thing that got us down a bit around this part of Florida was the many confederate flags we saw hanging in various home lawns and even at several businesses. This made me uncomfortable. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Magnolia 2- site 67
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

Bill's Bar-b-que, about 5 miles away has the very best beef sandwich, take a hike at night out on the boardwalk to the end to see the stars. Tremendous view of sky.

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Review Count: 39
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

Friendly staff. Sites are within sight of each other but there are shrubs and trees between sites. Easy walk to bathhouse. Sites are level. Poor to no internet service. Cell service is poor/spotty. Next door to the campground and within easy walking distance is the Manatee Spring. Amazing. Crystal clear water that you can swim, rent kayaks and rent canoes. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
54
Site Surface
Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

Just 6 miles outside of a city with everything you need including a super Walmart.

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Review Count: 82
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed a week at this park. Unknowingly when we booked 6 months earlier, they were in the process of updating with FHU's. Our site was wonderful! Very level, gravel sites (in the ones that have been updated). The only reason I didn't give it a 10 was the interior roads are not in good shape. Not all sites have been updated, but ours was and everything worked well. Full shade, but we were able to get satellite reception. Great boardwalk and boat ramp to see the Manatees. Lots of trails in park. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
5
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

The springs are a constant 72 degrees. You can swim with, but not approach the Manatees. SCUBA diving/snorkeling allowed. Cave diving if certified. Pontoon boat tours, kayak rentals, and a little concession stand with BBQ food onsite.

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

This was our second time staying here....and the best thing about it is that it's definitely a place to unplug! You more than likely won't get cell coverage and definitely won't get digital TV.

The deer are abundant, so have your cameras ready! There is a lot of other wildlife too. So, take in the beauty! The spring is amazing and you can walk there from your campsite. By the spring is an awesome barbecue "restaurant"....do yourself a favor and indulge! They also have other snack foods, and drinks including beer and wine. They rent canoes, and they have free wifi!

The bathrooms this time left a lot to be desired! Really really dirty and no lights on outside at night! Pretty creepy! Hopefully the staff will work on those issues!

All in all, we like camping here....but it's pretty "rustic", so be prepared! We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
94
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby, Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

It's about 7 miles to other stores, restaurants etc.

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Review Count: 21
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Manatee Springs is absolutely beautiful. A first magnitude spring with crystal clear water at a constant 72 degrees. We didn't see any Manatees because they are out in other rivers for the season but should be back in Nov-Dec for the warmer spring water. Anyway, you can swim and canoe/kayak in the beautiful water. There is a nice concession at the spring where you can rent canoes and kayaks. Lots of food there also.

The campsites were large (we were in #90) with smooth, flat hard sand. The access road is also sand and in pretty good shape. A lot of overhead cover which is good to block out the sun but bad for satellite receivers. Good water and 30 amp power. The showers were clean with lots of hot water. The shower configurations (men's) was a bit awkward with no portioned off changing areas, only a curtain into the shower. Lots of trails for hiking but I also found lots of ticks on myself and my wife even after applying bug spray. The deer come right up to your campsite for handouts which is kind of a shame as they get dependent on handouts rather getting their own food in the wild. We had 1-2 bars of Verizon data and 4 channels of over the air (OTA) TV. There is a small general store just out the front gate. We will be back in the winter when the manatees are back. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
90
Site Surface
Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested

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Review Count: 85
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

The sites at this park are all sand with little separation between neighboring sites. The campground roads are badly rutted with many potholes, as well as being quite narrow. Backing a large Class A into some sites can be a real challenge. The available 30 amp power is generally good, although we did see a few dips down to 107 volts at times. The water pressure was good. Verizon cell voice and data service is weak, and would have been unusable without our onboard amplifier and external antenna. Free WiFi is available at the nearby concession stand. The springs area is very nice with a long boardwalk out to a fishing pier. Many birds and other wildlife can be seen in the park, with deer roaming freely and unfortunately becoming used to visitor food handouts despite rules prohibiting doing so. We stayed in the Magnolia 2 loop, and the Magnolia 1 loop is currently being rebuilt with upgraded facilities and reportedly, paved roads. If they continue the upgrade program with the other loops, this could be a fine park. As is, it reminded us of our tent camping days at other state parks in the 50's. We are not likely to return. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Site 66 Magnolia 2
Site Surface
Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

The BBQ ribs and chicken at the concession stand were quite tasty. Also give "Bett's Big T Restaurant" in Chiefland a try for breakfast. You will not go away hungry or broke!

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Review Count: 97
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 21

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

We had a beautiful campsite in this park number 73. It was spacious with no one behind us or to our right. Lots of foliage. The ground was sand which you were constantly sweeping up. The bathrooms were as clean as they could keep them. With all the sand and moisture, it was almost impossible to keep them clean. The bathrooms themselves were dated and could be updated. I noticed that a new loop was being constructed and I'm sure that will have nicer facilities. The attraction of this campground is the springs where there were 3 manatees when we were there. Quite a number of people were swimming and snorkeling in the spring but it was definitely too cold for us. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
73
Site Surface
Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

If you go, don't miss the snack shop at the spring where they smoked meats over wood. The ribs were excellent.

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Review Count: 31
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Old park, bathrooms old dirty and smelly. Sites can be tricky to back in if bigger rig. Tight roads. Good trails. Springs for boating/kayaking. Concession with free wifi nice. Fairly quiet during week. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Cedar Keys nearby.

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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Just like so many Florida State Parks it's in disrepair. The bathhouse in the Magnolia loop was nasty. Showers were filthy, toilets backing up and filthy, the rest of the boathouse just nasty. The campground needs an upgrade. There is also a tick issue so dog owners beware and also watch yourself. Positive, staff was nice and spring and trails were awesome. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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