A first magnitude spring, Manatee Springs discharges an average 100 million gallons of water every day. The spring is a source of life for many species of fish, reptiles, mammals, birds and invertebrates. From Nov. - April, manatees use the spring's life-giving waters for warmth. During those months the Suwannee River and Gulf of Mexico waters are colder than the constant 72 degrees of the spring. Popular for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving, the headwaters of the spring are an outstanding year-round experience for people as well. The spring run forms a sparkling stream that meanders through towering cypress, tupelo and other wetland trees to join the Suwannee River. During the summer months, huge prehistoric-looking Gulf Sturgeon can be seen leaping out of the river as they have done for eons. Enjoy the spring run view by canoe/kayak from April 1 - Nov. 30 or on foot along the boardwalk year 'round. A concession provides beverages, snacks and canoe/kayak rentals. Children can enjoy a playground in the picnic area, where tables, grills and pavilions are available for family fun. Hiking and biking adventures await on the north end trail system. The full-facility campground is surrounded by hardwood hammocks and upland pine habitats. Reserve a canoe or kayak by calling Suwannee Guides and Outfitters at (352) 542-8331. Located at the end of State Road 320, off U.S. 98, six miles west of Chiefland.