Let's launch from the head spring.
Enter the park at the normal US 40 (aka Silver Springs Boulevard) entrance. The fees are $5 single occupant or $8 carload to enter park. There is an additional $4 per kayak launch fee. There is a kayak drop off and a short distance to launch. You do NOT park at the launch. Park on the asphalt parking lot after you drop off kayak.
Tell them at the gate you plan to launch.
We made it shorter, by starting at the head spring, so you can go set up camp at Gores Landing (if that is your plan).
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About the Park
Some folks may want to do an out and back. However, you can also do a one way trip with a shuttle to Ray Wayside. The park CLOSES at Dusk. So be back by then to exit park/access car.
Please state in comments if you plan to do out and back or shuttle. Then work out your own shuttle partners (Or do an out and back trip).
Your admission to the Silver River State Park (keep receipt) gets you into silver river attraction and vice versa (same day). I hiked the sink hole trail at the State Park not too long ago. There is also a river trail.
The Fort King Waterway is off to the right of the launch. There are no boats allowed and I found THIS PORTION a very easy kayak. Then you enter the main spring, (head LEFT upriver).
After than we can head down river, as far as you wish. Perhaps see Monkeys.
I do not require folks to kayak as a group. People like to kayak at their own pace, have different size kayaks, and abilities.
Please note the launch and how to return. (The you can tell me!).
If you are new to kayaking, and want me to review basic strokes, just ask.
Bring water, snacks, PFD and whistle, and safety equipment.