Paddle the Silver River round trip from Ray's Wayside Park
We will meet at Ray's Wayside Park, just over the huge bridge on Rte 40, and paddle round trip to Silver Springs State Park. This is the location of one of Florida's largest first magnitude springs, producing over 500 million gallons a day. The Silver River is crystal clear and known for its wide variety of wildlife from manatees to wild rhesus macaque monkeys. Filming here both above and below the water includes Tarzan, Sea Hunt and many others.
We will paddle over to the main boil of the spring (where glass bottom boats cruise about), then we will explore the waterways of the original attraction which reached its heyday in the 1990's. Bring a sandwich, snacks, hat, a camera and plenty to drink.
This event will be a leisurely paddle and will not be in a rush to get to point A or B. This is a beautiful paddle so we will soak it up.
We will meet at Ray's at 8 am, launch at 8:30. Have your PFD and a whistle. PFD's must be worn for this event, no exceptions.
The round trip paddle is about 12 miles total. This outing is for intermediate to advanced paddlers. IF YOU DO NOT CONSIDER YOURSELF TO BE A STRONG PADDLER, THIS OUTING IS NOT FOR YOU.
INTERMEDIATE PADDLER RATING: Intermediate paddlers will have their own kayak and gear. They are comfortable paddling up to ten miles or more. They are capable of paddling against currents in streams and rivers and lake crossings with light to moderate waves. They are capable of self-rescue and assisting in water rescues.
To register for this event you must ALSO go to the Sierra Club website:
RSVP, and e-signing the Sierra waiver. It's easy.
It is expected that all those joining us will be familiar with their own abilities AND limitations, exercising sound judgment as to their personal fitness level for this outing. We will be in a wilderness area inaccessible to emergency services.
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