Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Manatee Springs State Park

Manatee Springs

With company in town this week from Michigan, we took time out to visit Manatee Springs State Park in Chiefland Fl. The weather was a warm 78 degrees and the spring was absolutely breathtaking.

Manatee Springs is classified as a first magnitude spring

A cool water temperature of 72 degrees

Swimming in the springs is allowed.

Hope they read the sign!

On the board walk to the Suwannee River

Manatee alert!!

Though we didn't see any "real" manatees today, we had a great day in the sunshine.

Sew Happy,


P.S. I have had past experiences while boating around the springs that the manatees swarmed around the boat letting us touch them.  I call them the gentle giants of the springs.


  1. Looks beautiful. Don't think I would chance swimming. Very interesting facts. Thanks for the bit of knowledge.

  2. Crocodiles and alligators look pretty similar, but there's a big behavior difference between the two when encountering humans. Generally speaking, crocodiles regard humans as prey, so they will try to approach, attack, kill and eat you. On the other hand, alligators are shy, and they will tend to stay still if they don't feel being disturbed, or simply move away to avoid humans. Of course, by animal nature, alligators will attack humans when they feel being threatened, or when they haven't found any food to eat for quite awhile. Anyway, it's not as crazy as you may think to swim in waters where alligators can be found。As long as you go in a group of at least three people, always having one person on the watch for alligators just to be safe, and of course, don't go into the waters after dark, you will be fine.