Florida Park Service Opens Renovated Park Service in Chiefland

July 2, 2015

CHIEFLAND, Fla. – Yesterday, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service opened the newly renovated Magnolia Campground at Manatee Springs State Park in Chiefland. The Magnolia Campground renovations, which total $1.3 million, include: six additional campsites, upgrades to the existing campsites, a 2,090-square-foot bathroom and shower facility, and new sidewalks, fire pits, grills, picnic tables and sanitary sewer system.

“We are excited to expand the camping opportunities for visitors at Manatee Springs State Park,” said Donald Forgione, director of the Florida Park Service. “This renovation offers better facilities just in time for summer and will generate economic development in the region.”

Overall, the camping opportunities at Manatee Springs State Park span three camping loops and 85 campsites, all with fire pits, grills and picnic tables.

The park’s busiest camping season is during the summer when visitors come to enjoy the Manatee Spring, a first-magnitude spring that produces daily an average of 100 million gallons of clear, cool 72-degree water. Visitors enjoy swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving in the spring head.

Last year, 154,701 people visited the park, generating $11,925,946 in direct economic impact.

For more information about the park, click here.

To make a camping reservation, click here.

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