Little Manatee River

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Kayaker on the Little Manatee River
Map of the river (highlighted in dark blue at the center)

The Little Manatee River flows almost 40 miles (64 km), from east of Fort Lonesome, Florida through southern Hillsborough County, Florida and northern Manatee County, Florida into Tampa Bay. It has a drainage basin of 222 square miles (570 km2). It flows along the Little Manatee River State Park for part of its route. Portions of the river have been designated as an Outstanding Florida Water and are part of the Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve.


  • Florida Online Park Guide -Little Manatee River State Park
  • Lamm, Greg. 1990. Little Manatee River. in Marth, Del and Marty Marth, eds. The Rivers of Florida. Sarasota, Florida: Pineapple Press, Inc. ISBN 0-910923-70-1.

Coordinates: 27°42′52″N 82°27′55″W / 27.7144746°N 82.4653725°W / 27.7144746; -82.4653725