Silver River Nature Park Kayaking from Head Spring

Let's  launch from the head spring.   This will be the first time I'm gong to be in the Silver River park.

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.  After we set up our Kayaks, we'll Shuttle down to Rays Wayside.  There is a $5.00 fee at Rays, but we'll ask at Silver if our entrance fee can cover both parks.

Lets paddle up the fort King Waterway and see a few new sites!!

Tell them at the gate you plan to launch.

Weather: Silver Springs Hourly Forecast

About the Park

silver-river-paddle info

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.

I'm going to suggest that we shuttle our cars so that we can take a leisurely float down to Rays Wayside and have plenty of time to Swim and have fun. 

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.  

If you are new to kayaking, and want me to review basic strokes,  just ask.

Bring water, snacks, PFD and whistle, and safety equipment.  Don't forget your water Cannon.


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  • Marilyn G

    Great paddle Craig..thanks for leading, Good to see my paddle buddies again and meet new ones

    August 19

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a great kayaking trip as always. I really like the side waterway with "fort" and other wooden structures. I will miss these trips and all of you a lot. Thanks for the experience

    August 18

  • Craig G.

    Thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed this great River with us. For the first time, we were able to take our time and enjoy the river, swim, see the Fort King Waterway. Thanks for making this such a great day!! We all wish Bojan much success in his new job out in Albuquerque NM.

    August 18

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Bill,
    What time are you leaving from Rays?

    August 17

    • Bill B

      Between 7:30 and 8:00

      August 17

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will be there tomorrow morning at 10, I'll be driving a tan isuzu trooper with texas plate

    August 16

  • Bill B

    I'm paddling up from Rays wayside. I'll see you on the river.

    August 16

  • Cathy

    Forgot I was doing Alexandra Springs already

    August 6

    • Craig G.

      Cathy, your welcome to join us on the Silver River. I think its more fun with the swimming and Monkeys!

      August 6

    • Cathy

      I would love to see the monkeys. Probably next meetup.

      August 14

  • Sue W.

    I'm coming up Sunday too. I'm not camping and will meet everyone at the park.

    August 13

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will also meet you at the park Sunday @ 10

    August 13

  • Marilyn G

    Craig, I'll be coming up on Sun morning so will meet you at the park at 10.
    .

    August 13

  • Cedomir D.

    Hi Greg,
    Are camping with Sam that weekend? The reason I am asking is if you are leaving from the campground or some of the people who are paddling with you are coming from the camping site I would like to follow them, I am not familiar with that area.
    Thanks

    August 6

    • Craig G.

      Yes, we are camping with the group, and we'll be leaving from Alexander Springs. Do you know where the park is?

      August 6

    • Cedomir D.

      I am going Friday night and day l'll use my gps to find the place

      August 7

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