A trip on the Silver River in the Ocala area features some of Florida's most beautiful scenery and diverse wildlife. It's easy to spot alligators, raccoons and even monkeys at the world's largest artesian spring.
(Silver River-Head Spring down.) The State of Florida now has included the former tourist attraction as part of Silver River SP and built a very nice paddling launch near the head spring. Members of the FPCKC decided to give it a try.
Yeah, tubing is crazy. A gator could mistake dangling arms and legs for fish. When I snorkled the Silver, I told myself the kayak towed behind me made me bigger than any alligator. Did that twice, won't risk a third time.
mthallman - I'm guessing if you can motor up the Weeki Wachee from Rogers Park to the headsprings (about 6 miles) you should be able to make it from Ray Wayside to Silver Springs Park (maybe 5 miles or so). Current on Weeki Wachee may be a bit faster even.
I'm looking for some input from any of you who may have some first hand experiance. Looking to do a canoe trip from Rays Wayside up to the head and abck down, have a 16' Old Town with a 27lb thrust Minkota. With 2 large adults and a 9 year old, would the motor be able to get us up river? We want to motor up and paddle back. I had no problems with the same configuration on the Wekiva or the Weeki Wachi, but I wasn't sure if the current on the Silver river might be stornger and thus an issue? Any thoughts?
Glad to read a trip report on the Silver River where someone actually put in using the trail.
A half mile is a long way to pull a boat, most people seem to think paddling upstream is easier. I would definitely have to pare down the amount of stuff I take on a paddle if I had to pull my canoe on wheels to the put-in.
"Enough time to make it to the headsprings?" Yes you can ! But, getting back before dark could be an issue with all the neat stuff to see. As I type, the pics aren't up- looking forward to them. Love the monkey- or rather dumb ape, comment.
Guess I better stay in the kayak next time too. I didn't realize you weren't alound to get out along the shoreline. We found a little pull out place and got out and stretched our legs....walked around a bit...looked like people had used it as a toilet (if you get my drift).
Just received comments from someone at Florida State Parks regarding Silver River. (Glad to see they are using Green Wave!) Anyway, here are some notable items:
The Silver River run is entirely within the Silver River State Park, not in Ocala National Forest. Also, there is NO LANDING anywhere on the run except for the canoe / kayak launch at the state park. According the the parks dept, the river is patrolled and tickets are given for landing anywhere along the run. Guess I better stay in the boat next trip!
Camping at Silver River is great, but if you're going to tent camp, contact the Park Ranger at 352-236-7148 before reserving a spot on ReserveAmerica.com. The rangers are very helpful and will put you in the best tent camping spots.
Location by ed, last updated on 3/9/2015. It has been viewed 14551 times and has 45 posts.