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Florida Outdoor Adventures
Manatee Springs S.P., Levy County, Fla.
Our Buds
Alexander Springs, Ocala Nat'l Forest
Big Lagoon State Park, Pensacola, FL JANIE'S HOMETOWN
Blue Springs State Park, Orange City, FL
Buck Lake, Ocala Nat'l Forest
Chassahowitzka River, Homossasa Springs, FL
E.G. Simmons Park, Tampa Bay, FL - DAVE'S HOMETOWN
Farles Lake, Ocala Nat'l Forest
Hillsborough River State Park, Zephyrhills, FL
Ichetucknee River, Ft. White, Florida
Juniper Springs Camp Trip
Juniper Springs Canoe Run
Juniper Springs Nature Trail
Juniper Springs Florida
Lake Dorr, Ocala Nat'l Forest
Manatee Springs S.P., Levy County, Fla.
O'Leno State Park, High Springs, FL
Rainbow River, Dunnellon, FL
Rock Springs, Apopka, FL
Sebastian Inlet State Recreation Area, Melbourne Beach, FL
Silver River State Park, Ocala, FL
Tomoka State Park, Ormond Beach, FL
Trimble Park, Tangerine, Orange Co, FL
Trout Lake, Eustis, FL
Withlacoochee River, Inverness, FL
Camping in 1926 with Indians
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A beautiful Spring and the Suwannee River, Too
Oh, Yes.  And our own personal deer guest!

The park guide says:  "The flow from Manatee Springs totals 116.9 million gallons of crystal clear wter daily.  From the spring head, a spring run flows through a swamp of cypress, gum, ash and maple trees."  The park size is 2,075 acres.  The waters from the spring create the short but very interesting "spring run" to the Suwannee River.  The current in the Suwannee is very strong  so paddling upriver first is recommended (unless you have a trolling motor for your canoe, like us!).
While the manatee is the most mentioned wildlife feature, we found very tame and friendly deer in the camping area, who weren't afraid to approach and even lick our hands.  Activities include camping, swimming, canoeing, kayak, picknicking, fishing , snokeling & scuba at the spring.  There are several very nice nature trails and a wonderful boardwalk from the Spring Head through the cypress swamp to the very nice Boat dock on the Suwannee River.  8 1/2-mi. Hiking/A-T biking trail (we found this a little too much soft sand for good biking though)
86 RV and tent campsites (46 w/elec. & water).  The facilities were very clean and adequate for our visit, but would probably be a little overcrowded when the park is full.  There is a limited grocery & canoe/kayak rental center at the park.  Scuba divers must register.
The campsites are nice and large, mostly shady the birding here was excellent.  Exploring the banks of the Suwannee was a nice extra, and we enjoyed snorkeling in the Spring.