Meet at 10:00am Ray Wayside Park on SR 40 and we’ll launch from the park and paddle 5 miles upstream to the headwaters of Silver Springs. A paddle trip on the Silver River near Ocala features some of Florida's most beautiful scenery and diverse wildlife. This short river with translucent blue springs has been described as magnificent. The headwaters start at Silver Springs, the world's largest natural artesian spring which produces nearly 550 million gallons of water each day. Because of the substantial flow, the paddle upstream can be strenuous but well worth the effort. Beside the subtropical landscape, the river is famous for its abundant wildlife. Several troops of these monkeys live wild along the length of the river. Silver Springs theme park website lists the source of the moneys as a concessionaire who operated the Jungle Cruise boat ride during the 1930s. The monkeys were placed on an island in the river and they simply swam off and disappeared into the neighboring forest. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Parking fee:$5.00.
Public invited. Strenuous
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