Manatee River

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The Manatee River Canoe Trail is officially designated as part of Florida’s Statewide System of Greenways and Trails. Only 25 miles from Tampa, this dark, tannin-stained trail has a sandy bottom and steep, sandy banks. The Manatee River flows into the lake at the eastern end, and then continues to the west, where it flows into Tampa Bay. Excellent canoeing and kayaking, you will paddle through a variety of habitats including sand pine scrub, willow swampy, and hardwood forest. Look for otter, alligator, and turtles along the trail. You might even see an eagle soaring overhead. Hiking trail that is sure to provide for some great birding, the trail ends at Little Manatee River State Park on the south bank.

Little Manatee River State Park is located four miles south of Sun City Center, off U.S. 301 on Lightfoot Road. From Tampa: I–75 South to Exit 240A, East to U.S. 301, Then South 4 miles, Turn Right onto Lightfoot Road, Park is on the Right From Sarasota/Bradenton: I-75 North to Exit 229, East to U.S. 301, Then North 6 miles, Turn Left onto Lightfoot Road, Park is on the Right From Pinellas County: I-275 South, cross the Skyway Bridge to I-75 North, Exit 229, East to U.S. 301, Then North 6 miles, Turn Left onto Lightfoot Road, Park is on the Right

Manatee River specializing in Largemouth Bass and Bluegill. Black Crappie and Bream also caught. This beautiful river supports bass, bream catfish and snook fishing.

The Manatee River is a 60-mile (97-kilometer) long river in Manatee County, Florida. The river arises in the northeastern corner of Manatee County and flows into the Gulf of Mexico at the southern edge of Tampa Bay. It has a watershed of 129 square miles (334 square kilometers). Lake Manatee, an artificial reservoir, is located about midway in the river’s course. The lower part of the river is an estuary, with Bradenton and other cities located along its banks.

The Manatee River Run is the annual fundraiser for the Bradenton Runners Club. Proceeds from this event will enable us to continue our annual scholarship awards to graduating Manatee County high school distance runners and to upgrade our equipment, which is essential in supporting fundraising for the following groups in conducting their races: Manatee High School Cross Country Team – Canes Classic 5K, The Arthritis Foundation – Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis 5K, Manatee County Nursery Schools, Inc. – Island Run 5K (Build a Better Kid), Family Resources – Run for Runaways 5K, The DeSoto Heritage Festival – DeSoto Heritage Festival 5K, and many more. To make a secure,



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