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Chiefland, Florida

Manatee Springs State Park

Chiefland, Florida


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

Sites: 72
Recent Rate: $24 5/2017

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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 no
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi yes
  • 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 no
  • 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 no
  • 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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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

Site 58 - quiet - lots of deer, relatively flat, a sandy site. We stayed one night April 30th. Temperature was 89 during day and stayed rather warm at night - there were gnats out - bring gnat repellant. We were told the best time to come and see Manatees is February. Winter months no gnats. Bathrooms were excellent. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
58
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
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Walking was short to the springs - biggest tip I can give is swim in the springs

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

The good: the deer visiting the campsites, Anderson Outfitters for the BBQ and friendly rentals of canoes, etc. A couple of short hiking trails. The bad: Really dirty campsites and campground roads. They could use some gravel or concrete pads. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Number
Magnolia loop 1
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
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Eat at Andersons inside the park--great tasting, tender smoked meats. Drive up to see nearby Fanning Springs.

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Review Count: 48
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 7

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

Burn ban in effect but fires were allowed for cooking and had to be extinguished at end of meal. The spring is beautiful with swimming and kayaking along the outlet to the Suwannee River. Concession at the spring had a great barbecue with chicken, pulled pork and ribs all done on site. Sites in our wooded area were a bit small but not crowded together. Wifi available at the concession stand. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
47
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Try the barbecue at the concession stand near the spring and take the plunge into the crystal clear 72 degree water. Bring bug spray we had a lot of bites after two days.

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Stopped here for two nights on our way south. The loop we were in had FHU sites and ours had gravel rather than sand as did some others. Needed a little leveling. Good space between sites. Utility hook ups were new with 30 and 50 amp. Enjoyed all the deer roaming thru the campground. Restroom and showers were newer than in the other loops and were clean. Nice swimming area. Refreshing 72 degree crystal clear water. BBQ was good and there are boat tours and canoe and kayak rentals available. If in the area would camp here again. We camped in a travel trailer. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
21
Site Surface
Gravel
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, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 48
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful and peaceful park, this is our second stay. The section we stayed in this time had full hookups as it had been recently renovated to provide sewer to the sites making it really easy to stay for a week. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
21 Magnolia Loop
Site Surface
Sand
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
Yes

Campground Details

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

The park includes warm springs to swim in complete with manatees, occasionally, and opportunities to canoe and kayak and fish. We took a moonlight ride on the Suwanee River which was really fun. BBQ is also available at the park.

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

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

We tent camped here in December of 2016 and had an amazing time! the campground has plenty of trees and shade. No wifi except near the store. No cell service either. Despite that, the trip was awesome. The springs are beautiful as are the grounds and campsites. Plenty of wildlife. Each morning we woke up with about 8-10 deer in our campsite. Squirrels and armadillos like to hang out with you too. It's a few miles to the local town and walmart in case you need it. We are set to go again this December. Can't wait. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Tent.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
55
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp

Campground Details

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

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4

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

Stayed in recently renovated Magnolia 1 loop. After they renovate the other two loops, all sites will be full hookup. Sites were lovely in Mag 1, with decent space and some vegetation between most sites. The new bathhouse was gorgeous and clean. The springs and surrounding grounds are beautiful. Only downside (for me, at least) was poor Verizon signal and barely any OTA TV signals. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Magnolia 1 Site 17
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
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

There are kayaks/canoes that you can rent down by the springs (or bring your own). The swimming hole in the spring itself is a really nice set-up.

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

A very nice park. We were able to get one night at the last minute, and I think because of the late request, they gave us an ADA-rated site. The state is required to keep a number of these available each night, but by a certain time, they can let some of them go. So the end result was that we had a nice paved site. It was close to the bathrooms and for some reason, the toilet flush is so loud here, that we could here it in the RV. The park itself is lovely with many nice trails and a boardwalk down to the water where you can take a pontoon boat tour. We did not see manatees while here, but they apparently do come by. The park has a great barbecue vendor on sight - really good food. There are a few different loops in the park and most seem to have fairly spacious sites. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
7
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Try the barbecue!

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Review Count: 59
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 13

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: 56
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 14

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: 2

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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