Our first two years of this event were wonderful nights for all and we were sold out. Thanks for your past support and be sure to get your tickets early this year so you don’t miss out. The volunteers of the Friends of the Little Manatee River State Park and park staff hope to provide you an enjoyable, delicious and memorable evening. Your support of our events, directly benefit and help us to support projects in this park. To purchase your tickets, please visit the Cowboy Cookout event page by clicking on the poster!

Your ticket includes a 1 hour guided trail ride through the park riding your own horse (see information below about rental horses), live country music from the Skyler Clark Band, entertaining Cowboy lore and stories by Les McDowell the creator of Dry Creek, a delicious rib eye steak or salmon dinner with dessert and beverages (menu below), two beer or wine drink tickets are included (limited extra beer or wine tickets are available) and campfire relaxation. You will also have the optional opportunity to support the park and win some cash in our 50/50 drawing and to play a special game of Cowboy Bingo (No this is not your grammas’ bingo game. Details below). Folks without a horse may choose to hike the trail or enjoy a beverage around the campfire during the ride times. A limited number of rental horses are also available.

Wildlife Conservation

We are dedicated to the preservation of the diversity in our natural wildlife, and the removal of harmful invasive species.

Florida Fish And Wildlife Conservation

Fundraisers and Special Events

One of our favorite ways to help the Little Manatee River State Park is by hosting special events! Join us for a mystery map trail ride, cowboy cookout, or more! Click the link below for more details on upcoming events.

Special Events

Photo Gallery

Want to see more of the state park before your visit? Check out what you can expect here! As photos become available they will be updated here, but for the most up to date information, or to share your own photos from your state park experience,  visit our facebook!


All About Us

The Friends of the Little Manatee River State Park are dedicated to preserving and growing the Little Manatee River State Park as a nature preserve, camping destination, and access point to the Little Manatee River. Working in concert with volunteers from all walks of life, we hope to preserve this wonderful slice of Old Florida for generations to come. Welcome!

Search around the site using the links above to learn about our upcoming volunteer opportunities, special events, and fun ways to get involved with your South Shore community.

Come explore the state park on foot, horseback, car, or bike!
Come explore the state park on foot, horseback, car, or bike!