The Manatee River is a 60-mile (97-kilometer) long river in Manatee County, Florida. The river arises in the northeastern corner of Manatee County and flows into the Gulf of Mexico at the southern edge of Tampa Bay. It has a watershed of 129 square miles (334 square kilometers). Lake Manatee, an artificial reservoir, is located about midway in the river's course. The lower part of the river is an estuary, with Bradenton and other cities located along its banks.
The river is. suitable for kayaking, canoeing and fishing.
Timbered shoreline, brush, coves.