Arriving By Boat
De Soto National Memorial is accessible by watercraft. The park is located on the south shore of the Manatee River, six miles downriver from Bradenton, Florida, near the mouth of Tampa Bay. An anchorage known as "The Cove" is located to the east of De Soto Point sheltered from the south and west, and partially sheltered from the north and east. Information about anchoring in the Manatee River and The Cove may be found by clicking here.
Important Park Rules
The following rules are important to note
Did You Know?
The men of Hernando de Soto's 1539 expedition to La Florida learned the hard way that Native American warriors could load and fire their long bows with deadly accuracy nearly a dozen times in the period required to load and fire the clumsy arquebus musket once. Visit De Soto National Memorial. More...