Camping at Little Manatee River State Park – April 2011

Romeo nappin


What a wonderful time of year to camp. Though the days were a bit warm the evenings were perfect. We had clear weather and a wonderful breeze all weekend.

Setting up camp

 Friday evening we sat around camp with full tummies exchanging stories and tidbits of trivia. The conversations in camp are usually more diverse than one would expect!

 Saturday morning the staff from Good Time Kayaking met us and we were off to paddle the little Manatee River. We put in at the canoe launch about 1 mile up the road from the park and paddled upriver for about 1 hour. It was a challenging paddle as there are many trees down across the river, but higher water levels from recent rains had the river flowing well and kept us from having to carry the kayaks over any obstacles. The river is beautiful and offered us a good bit of shade. Once we started back down river we realized how fast the river really was moving and we were soon back at the state park canoe launch where we ended our trip. After loading up all the gear we headed back to camp for a hearty lunch and then it was time to take the kids fishing. First we checked out the river down by the scout camping area and there were many scouts there and the fishing did not look promising. So we drove the group back up to the parks canoe launch where everyone was able to get a lot of experience casting but none catching…. I was advised by a ranger there not long after that the fishing is best further down river from the park. Soon it was time for dinner again – amazing how hungry you get when you are camping! Dinner was followed by smores and other treats. Even the dogs were wore out by the end of Saturday! Sunday morning we knew we were in for a hot day right away! She sun started out bright and just built up from there. After breakfast we talked about getting in a hike but all voted to pack up camp before it got too hot and head home. We had a blast with everyone. All the dogs did to! It is so nice to camp with your best furry friends! For more information on Little Manatee River State Park visit: Or to book your next adventure with us visit our website:

About notacluegal

Jeanene was born in Pittsburgh, PA. As a young child her family was very active in the outdoors. Things changed when her parents decided to travel down different paths in life and with that decision so went many of the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Being lucky to live in the suburbs Jeanene always had a backyard to play in and loved being outdoors. As the years passed she took every opportunity to be outdoors. She bought land in Tennessee and as a single mom moved her young daughter to the mountains. The were many life lessons learned on that mountain. There was no plumbing on the property – or even a house, but that did not stop her. She learned to live off of what was available and built her own cabin from the trees on her property. Those were rough years but the most rewarding. Now Jeanene resides in Tampa, Fl. and works as an office manager full time….but still yeans to be outdoors. Jeanene started “Not a Clue Adventures” to teach everyone she could how wonderful the outdoors are! That camping and fishing and hiking can be done by everyone and at many different levels. Single mom’s no longer have to be afraid to take their sons and daughters outdoors. By working with young couples, single parents and even seniors, she gets to teach others about her love for the outdoors and hopes to open their eyes to new adventures. In 2009, Jeanene completed certification as a Leave No Trace Instructor. She also works closely with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) and the Florida State Parks. Jeanene is also certified in First Aid/Adult CPR.
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