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Silver Springs Paddle from Ray Wayside Park boat ramp

  • Jan 5, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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*Unfortunately, I can't shake this cold and will be in NO shape to paddle Saturday. Allison Barnes has graciously agreed to step in as the new cohost of the Silver Springs Adventure. Though I'm heartbroken to miss this adventure, I'm confident there will be another Silver Springs Paddle in 2013!!! -Chris

Silver Springs features the famously clear waters where some of the old Tarzan episodes were filmed. The occasional statue and petrified tree are still visible on the bottom. Another big draw, the wild Rhesus monkeys that live along the banks. Hide your food and snacks as we paddle past "Monkey Island" during our adventure to the spring head. Silver Springs "lives" (pun intended,,,ha,ha) up to the hype- expect to see plenty of native Florida wildlife along the way.

This paddle is an All-Day trip that includes 5miles against a 3mph (approx.) current. Once we reach the head of Silver Springs, we will turnaround and paddle 5miles downstream to Ray Wayside Park (our launch site.) Plan for the paddle accordingly and bring water, food, and gear for the day.

Ray Wayside Park offers restroom facilities and river access for $5.00 per person. There is a boat ramp along with a kayak/SUP friendly ramp. The turn onto 28th from HWY 40 can be overlooked, so keep an eye out. *The local name for HWY 40 is Ft. Brooks Rd.

Lodging- There are cabins and campsites available in the Silver Springs Park. SUP friendly Hotels are also nearby.

This meetup was put together privately by Mike Dobbins (free of charge.) I posted it on SUP ECLECTIC ADVENTURES once I learned 6 of our members are already signed up to go. We look forward to paddling with a sizable group on this adventure!

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  • Heather Hill ".

    What a blast! Weather was perfect! Lots of awesome folks having a SUPr time!! Saw monkeys, gators, turtles and tourists!! Thanks everyone who came out with us and who organized this great meet up!! Y'all rock!!

    January 5, 2013

  • Jayanti S.

    Hi, do you think I can rent a kayak there? I have only rented canoes in the past at Silver. Please let me know! thanks
    -Jayanti

    1 · December 14, 2012

    • Jayanti S.

      If you all could let me know in the morning if there is a boat I'd appreciate it. [masked] thanks

      January 5, 2013

    • Jayanti S.

      Please never mind, I am no longer going to make it on-time. thanks

      January 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wekiva Standup has a few boards left for rental for this trip. Message me for details if you or any friends are interested in reserving a board. I have new YOLO boards and adjustable carbon fiber paddles.

    1 · January 3, 2013

    • Jayanti S.

      If you all could let me know in the morning if there is a boat I'd appreciate it. [masked]

      January 5, 2013

    • Jayanti S.

      Please never mind, I am no longer going to make it on-time. thanks

      January 5, 2013

  • Linda T.

    Got up and started on my way but the 46 degree temp and forecast of a high of only 67 made me turn around and head back home. I hate to miss this but it's just too cold for this fair weather paddler.

    January 5, 2013

  • Barb B.

    Dain, hope you're using your Tarzan powers to entice out the wild monkeys!! There better be at least one monkey in appearance tomorrow if I'm getting outta bed at 4 a.m.!! :-)

    2 · January 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hope you feel better Chris!

    1 · January 4, 2013

  • Heather Hill ".

    Y'all check out Facebook event page for this meet up.. Mike needs your input asap :-)

    January 4, 2013

  • Jeffrey M.

    This is not your grandmother's SUP! (She could only paddle 2.5 mph!) Who's playing the part of Tarzan? Don't let any monkeys steal your paddle!

    1 · January 3, 2013

  • Heather Hill ".

    Getting excited!!! Whooo Hoooo!!!! Saturday can't get here soon enough!!

    2 · January 3, 2013

    • Barb B.

      Me too!! We love your enthusiasm Heather!!

      2 · January 3, 2013

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