The first-magnitude spring at Manatee Springs State Park produces an average of 100 million gallons of clear, cool water daily. In winter, West Indian manatees swim upriver to the warmer waters of the springs. Popular for snorkeling and scuba diving, the headwaters of the spring are also a great spot for swimming. The spring run forms a sparkling stream that meanders through hardwood wetlands to the Suwannee River. Canoe and kayaking is available all year round through a concessionaire, Anderson’s Outdoor Adventures, LLC Children enjoy the playground in the picnic area. Hiking and bicycling are available on the north end trail system. The full-facility campground is surrounded by red oak woods.
Located just 6 miles west of Chiefland on CR320, Manatee Springs State Park offers camping, canoeing, kayaking, swimming and SCUBA diving. One of the largest springs in Florida, it feeds a quarter-mile-long spring run that feeds crystal clear water into the Suwannee River, just downstream from US19/98.