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Kayak Wednesday - Silver River
Moderate/Open to Public/Shared Fees/BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat) Join the Sandhill Chapter for Deb's monthly week-day kayak/canoe/SUP day trip. The Silver River is my Go-To location for wildlife photography. Birds, gators, basking turtles and, if we're lucky, some monkeys and manatee. You must be able to provide your own boat (kayak, canoe or SUP) and transportation and be willing to help with the shuttle. Be at Silver Springs State Park with boats unloaded and ready to start the shuttle at 9 am. We'll meet up at the kayak launch within Silver Springs State Park ($4 per boat launch fee + $2 state park admission - change and credit cards ok), drop our boats there, then drive all of the cars around to our take-out at Ray Wayside County Park ($5 parking fee - bring exact cash). We'll drop most of the cars there then drive back to the put-in in 2-3 cars. The total mileage is about 5.5 miles with a good current and the trip, including a break for lunch at the half-way point (port-o-let and picnic tables), will have us back at our cars around 3 pm. This is a leisurely trip, good for beginners, to allow time to explore and enjoy the water and wildlife. Speedsters need not apply! Bring kayak/canoe/SUP, paddle, PFD with whistle, lots of water, insect repellent, sun screen, shady hat, and lunch. For more info about paddling the Silver River see: http://5-staryakpak.org/places-to-explore/silver-river/

Silver Springs State Park

5656 East Silver Springs Blvd · Silver Springs, FL

Respond by: 9/11/2018
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Sandhill Chapter of the Florida Trail Association

The Sandhill Chapter of the Florida Trail Association (formerly the Florida Crackers) has brought together North Central Florida’s outdoor adventurers since it was chartered in 1980, when the first meetings were held in member’s living rooms. The chapter hosted the very first North Regional Fall Conference in 1983 at Suwannee River State Park and has participated in every state and North Regional conference since. A sub-chapter, the Cracker’s Kinfolk, later became the Suwannee Chapter.

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Members of the Sandhill Chapter have built many bridges over the deep gorges along the Suwannee River, have maintained an open trail in Lake Butler Forest despite frequent timber clear-cuts, and, working in coordination with biking and equestrian groups, built a 35-mile segment of trail through Marion County along the Cross Florida Greenway, crossing the prominent 3.3 million dollar Land Bridge over I-75 between Belleview and Ocala.

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The chapter schedules a variety of activities each month such as day hikes, picnics, kayak/canoe trips, overnight backpack trips and bicycle outings. Annual events include the chapter Christmas party in December and the "Goodbye for the Summer" picnic in May.

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