Manatee seems to be a commonly used name for state parks here in Florida. But, if you have ever seen a manatee you will understand why...
Manatee numbers are rising by education and popularity. They swim shallow so boats are a huge risk. The State of Florida implementing no wake zones has helped. They are always at risk when the temps drop before they can take cover.
While traveling around the state of Florida you will see not only parks, springs, rivers, lakes, ports, hospitals, cities, counties and businesses all bear the name of this docile creature that we have all fell in love with.
A local outfitter provides beverages and canoe/kayk rentals.