Map of Little Manatee River — Lower Tract
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About Little Manatee River — Lower Tract

Jointly purchased by the District and Hillsborough County, this property is significant to the protection of the Little Manatee River, a major tributary of Tampa Bay, and is designated an Outstanding Florida Water. The river is the third largest in Hillsborough County and has a dominating influence on the surrounding area, including the intertidal wetlands of the Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve. The lands purchased thus far contain some of the most pristine river frontage remaining in Hillsborough County. Together with the Little Manatee River State Park, six miles of river shoreline have been preserved to its natural state.

The property includes undeveloped uplands and wetlands associated with the Little Manatee River system. The uplands include pine flatwoods, dry prairie, sand pine scrub, mixed hardwood and pine forest areas, and coastal hammocks on numerous riverine islands. The riverine areas range from estuarine to freshwater systems. Conservation of the lands protects the river and its floodplain and wildlife habitat for future generations.

Recreational Opportunities

Boating and Paddling


  • One back country campsite along river — letter of authorization needed for camping from
    the Hillsborough County Conservation and Environmental Lands Management Department.
  • No water or other facilities available.
  • Limited campsite maintenance due to fluctuating water levels. Expect conditions to be
    somewhat overgrown following periods of high water.
  • Pack out all supplies, trash and equipment that were packed in.


Access and Parking

Access from river only; no parking.

Restrooms and Water

No restrooms or water available.


Southwestern Hillsborough County, southeast of Ruskin, east of Sun City

Nearby Recreation Lands

For More Information

Hillsborough County Conservation and Environmental Lands Management Department,

Visit this Property

See also the Little Manatee River – Upper Tract and the Little Manatee River – Southfork Tract

Street Address

River Access Only


1,372 acres

Hours of Operation

Daily from sunrise to sunset.

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Conservation Lands of Southwest Florida
Florida Wilderness

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