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Kayak the Silver River

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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  • Robert H.

    Great trip, lots of monkeys

    July 23, 2013

  • Rodney

    We had a good time and glad to have so many first timers. Hope to see you all again soon.

    July 21, 2013

  • Ken

    What a day. Rodney and MarySlater never fail. Lots to smile about

    July 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    OMG!! What a wonderful day!! I believe we had adventure today with a variety of animals, birds, fish and weather that varied from warm, overcast, sunny, rain!! What a wonderful group of people! Thank you for making my day!! Thank you Rodney and Mary-Slater for organizing!! Let's do this again!!

    1 · July 21, 2013

  • tina

    Great trip with a great group

    1 · July 20, 2013

  • Steve M

    I know the Florida Kayak and Canoe Meetup is meeting there at 9:30.
    How will I know which meetup is which? I guess I could just ask LOL

    July 19, 2013

    • Rodney

      Thanks. I drive a white Ford Expedition and pulling trailer load of kayaks.

      July 19, 2013

  • Paula B.

    Sorry, can't make it this time

    July 18, 2013

  • Rodney

    Anyone that wants to carpool from Conway area? I have room in my suv and trailer.

    July 11, 2013

    • Janet W.

      Hi Rodney: Do you have room for two more?

      July 13, 2013

    • Rodney


      July 17, 2013

  • Cindy H.

    Wish we could go! Hope you have a Sunday trip sometime!

    July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am going to be paddling with the Sierra Club instead. Same river, same time, heh, heh.

    July 15, 2013

  • Valerie A.

    I also have room for a kayak and six more people in my suv.

    July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Want to know if I can rent a kayak for this trip before I sign up

    July 5, 2013

    • Rodney

      No rentals available.

      July 6, 2013

  • Michelle

    Forgot I'm working OT Friday nite so I won't even be off work till 10am sat :( see u all next time

    July 1, 2013

  • Tammy

    Sorry, change of plans!

    June 30, 2013

  • Kat B.

    I will be out of town. So sorry to miss this!

    June 21, 2013

  • Dianne M.

    I have a planning session for a music festival that day and must attend. Sorry I will miss it.

    June 20, 2013

  • Paula B.

    Loved this trip once before- will look forward to it again!

    June 16, 2013

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