Lake Manatee

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Lake Manatee
Lake Manatee SP lake pano01.jpg
Location Manatee County, Florida
Coordinates 27°29′01″N 82°19′44″W / 27.4836°N 82.3288°W / 27.4836; -82.3288Coordinates: 27°29′01″N 82°19′44″W / 27.4836°N 82.3288°W / 27.4836; -82.3288
Primary inflows Manatee River
Primary outflows Manatee River
Basin countries United States
Surface area 1,174 acres (475 ha)[1]

Lake Manatee is a reservoir located in Manatee County in southwestern Florida in the United States. Highway 64 crosses the eastern end of the lake, while the Lake Manatee State Park is found at the southwestern end. The Manatee River flows into the lake at the eastern end, then continues to the west, where it flows into Tampa Bay. Lake Manatee is a major source of water for Bradenton and other cities in Manatee County, providing 32 million gallons per day. Lake Manatee State Park is located on the south shore of the lake.


  • The Road Atlas '06, Rand McNally, pg. 25
  • Peterson, Lindsay. 1990. Manatee River. in Marth, Del and Marty Marth, eds. The Rivers of Florida. Sarasota, Florida: Pineapple Press, Inc. ISBN 0-910923-70-1.