Spring has finally arrived! This is a great time of year for seeing the River. The weather is pleasant and the wildlife is plentiful. Capt. Nick just spotted the largest manatee he has seen on the Silver River, and the birds are abundant with migratory birds swelling the normal population. An early departure is best in order to see the River when the wildlife has not yet been disturbed by visitors.

The spring Largemouth Bass bite on the Ocklawaha River is very good right now. For those who are unfamiliar with the area, the Silver and Ocklawaha Rivers converge. Fishing is prohibited on the Silver River, but is much enjoyed on the Ocklawaha.

Until next time…see you on the Rivers!

The Silver River Amazes Us With Each Trip

The Silver River continues to amaze us with each trip. There is always a new experience watching the wildlife along the River. This time of year you will be able to see the alligators taking in the sun, the monkeys perhaps cannonballing into the River, and the many birds busy feeding their newly hatched offspring.

As the days heat up it is best to get an early start. The afternoons will soon start bringing in the afternoon showers that happen as the sea breeze crosses the state. If you can get off the water by 1 p.m. you stand your best chance of avoiding the heat and the rain.

If you take your trip down the River with us you are always welcome to bring along food and beverage and have a picnic as you tour the waterway.

For more info check out our Silver River Tours page!

Just A Normal Trip On The Silver River

The following Silver River photographs were taken by Ocala Nature photographer John Lingle on a normal Silver River Day.


John Lingle Photography llc.
John Lingle Photography llc.
 Silver River, photo by John Lingle Photography llc.
Silver River, photo by John Lingle Photography llc.
Just Two Monkeys Hanging Out On The Silver River
Just Two Friends Hanging Out On The Silver River
Stay In The Boat
Stay In The Boat, photo by John Lingle Photography llc.
Photo by John Lingle Photography llc.
Photo by John Lingle Photography llc.
Living Art by John Lingle Photography llc.
Living Art By John Lingle Photography llc.

More nature photographs from John Lingle Photography



For more info on Silver River Nature tours check out our Silver River Tours page!

Warmer days are on the way!

Brr,,,It’s is cold outside!  The manatees on the Silver River continue to enjoy the warm spring waters during this cold January.  Only a few are spotted at a time, and not on all trips.  The manatees continued presence on the River is a welcome sight after their many years away.

This winter has started out quite cool yet today we are enjoying  a break. We are reaching 80 degrees and we hope for many more like this.  Try to plan your trips for late morning until we get closer to spring.

Rhesus Monkeys were spotted jumping the Silver River from the tree tops recently.  They put on quite a show and seem to have as much fun on their trip across the Rivers we do watching them.  Please remember to never feed the monkeys!

More of these warm winter days are hopefully on the way and it is a great time to see the migratory birds as they head out of the much colder temperatures up north.  Give a call and schedule your trip to see the Silver River and the abundant wildlife that migrates to and resides there.


Fall always gives way to pleasant days on the Rivers.  With the temperatures cooling down,  the wildlife can be seen all day foraging for food.   Early morning fog will give way to brilliant clear skies, the better to see the brilliant clear waters of the Silver River.  A guest recently told us that he had traveled the world and had never seen water more clear than on the Silver River.  Just one of the many reasons that this River has had uncountable visitors from the time of early Indian settlement.

Manatees have been sighted on the Rivers for the last few years, and while out on the Silver River this weekend, Capt. Nick made the first sighting of the year.  This is the earliest we have seen them on the River since their return.  Unlike other places, these sightings are rather rare, and your best chance for spotting one is to try to get out on the River when you know they have been spotted.  Again, no guarantee, but this may very well be a good year for seeing the manatees on the Rivers. We usually do not see them return until February so perhaps their early appearance bodes well for those of us anxious to see them maintain their winter migration to the Silver and Ocklawaha Rivers.

The birds, alligators, monkeys and more can be seen year around, so load up on one of these pleasant fall days, and waste a few hours letting Mother Nature entertain you.  Bring along a lunch, something to drink, and make some memories.