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?
Hernando de Soto invested all he had in his 1539 expedition to Florida that ultimately covered 4,000 miles of what is now the Southeastern United States. During the four year expedition he found no rich empire to conquer, but he lost both his fortune and his life. Visit De Soto National Memorial. More...