Moderate/Open to Public/Shared Fees/Rentals Available
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. Be sure to bring your camera!
The whole river is a state park. No alcohol or pets allowed!
We'll meet up at the kayak launch within Silver Springs State Park. If bringing your own boat you must be willing to help with the shuttle.
This trip is all downstream and the total mileage is about 5.5 miles with a good current so it's an easy paddle. 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 - we're going to go slow, stay together, take lots of pictures, watch the birds and turtles, and enjoy the day.
For those bringing your own boats:
Meet up at the kayak launch in time to start our shuttle at 9 am. $4 launch fee + $2 state park admission fee. Unload and prep your boats quickly in the mulched staging area - do not take them down to the boat ramp - then move your car in the parking lot so others can unload. At 9 am we will drive all of the cars around to our take-out at Ray Wayside County Park ($5 parking fee - no change or credit cards, bring exact cash - 5-$1 bills or a $5 bill). We'll drop most of the cars there then drive back to the put-in in 2-3 cars, arriving back there by 9:30 am.
For those renting a boat: Be there before 9:30 to arrange your rental from the outfitter and meetup with those of us who will be returning from shuttling our cars. Full day rental for a single kayak + shuttle back = about $35.
Bring lots of water, insect repellent, sun screen, a shady hat, lunch and/or snacks and camera. IMPORTANT - please attach a 10-20 foot line to the bow (front) of your kayak because we may need to tie up at the lunch break.
Use the SR 40 entrance to Silver Springs State Park and drive to the SE corner of the parking lot. There is a circular drive to the unloading area for the kayak launch. Unload your boat and gear quickly onto the mulched loading area just inside the fence then move your car down to the parking lot so others can unload. DO NOT take your kayaks down to the boat ramp! We'll do that together after the shuttle - it's less than 100 feet from the unloading area to the end of the ramp.
For more info about paddling the Silver River see: http://5-staryakpak.org/places-to-explore/silver-river/