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Chiefland, Florida

Manatee Springs State Park

Chiefland, Florida



Chiefland, Florida
Phone: (352) 493-6072

Sites: 72
Recent Rate: $9 6/2016

Latitude: 29.489592176941
Longitude: -82.973941918109

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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 ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $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-river Waterfront Waterfront yes-river
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals yes
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals yes
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

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71 Reviews

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 4
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: 0

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: 3

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: 31
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

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: 70
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 8

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: 15
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 3

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: 76
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 11

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: 73
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 18

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: 15

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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Review Count: 292
States Visited: 39
Helpful Reviews: 48

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

When we camped here the boardwalk and springs were closed because of flooding, so we did not get the full experience. Still, it was a very nice park. It was almost empty during our mid-week visit so it was nice and calm. We stayed in the “Hick” loop. One of the “Mag1” loop was closed. We had no problem in getting into a nice site with our 27 foot motorhome. It is true that the campground road is some pretty big potholes and has trees pretty close the roadway. The 30 amp electrical hookup was solid with good voltage. We worked very hard to find a hole in the trees to get satellite and were successful; most sites would not have satellite. Our Verizon phone and data were very marginal – almost not functional. There was WiFi just a short walk away at the snack stand. There is a nice smaller Walmart and a Winn-Dixie in Chiefland about 7 miles away. We liked the campground and would certainly camp here again. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 129
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate is for Florida senior. The Hickory loop is open enough to negotiate with our 26 ft RV. I'm not sure a big rig could utilize this park, especially the other loops. It is very shady, which makes TV and cell reception more difficult. We were able to receive only 1 major network and several PBS channels. Showers are clean and centrally located. Utilities are adequate. Due to flooding, the springs were closed. We had deer wandering through our site both morning and evening. Walking the dog at night, I also heard some animal in the open dumpster, but since bears have been sighted in this part of Florida, I didn't check to see...maybe it was a raccoon. We would like to return when we can access the whole park. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 8

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

Loved this park. The manatees were amazing. Loved the long boardwalk to the Suwanee River. Wi-Fi is available at the great concession right by the springs. Would definitely recommend a stay here. Great bathrooms but no laundry. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 161
States Visited: 39
Helpful Reviews: 22

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

This is a very popular park which was full over the Presidents' Day weekend. The manatees that can be seen in the outfall of the huge Manatee Springs are an attraction for day users as well as campers. The price shown covers the $20 nightly fee for water and electric, plus the 9% sales tax (the “community” of Manatee Springs charges a 2% local option tax beyond 7% state sales tax). The bathrooms were clean and in good condition. The narrow roads inside the campgrounds are compacted sand as are the individual sites, leading to tracking sand into the camper. In addition, the interior roads are potholed and rough. Our Verizon air card and Verizon cell phone worked marginally, and sometimes not at all, and there were only 5 TV stations we could get over the air. Apparently the park is in a “hole” as a couple of miles back towards town, the phone worked well. The map provided when we checked in rated each site based on depth, so many sites would not be good for rigs over 30 feet. We watched some larger rigs get into place, which was a challenge at the sites we could see. Seven miles into Chiefland provides the opportunity to take the 32 mile Nature Coast State Trail, a beautiful three-pronged paved trail to nearby communities. There is a Walmart and many other stores in Chiefland, plus a number of restaurants. If we were to visit the area again, we'd stay here. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

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