Spring…..the birds, the monkeys, the gators and all their friends showing off their stuff for all those who cruise the Silver River.  Either by private boat or kayak, a better eco tour cannot be found.  For a little over 4 miles, after your departure from the Ray Wayside Park, you will travel through nature without the touch of mans hand.  Even as you enter the basin of the Silver Springs Attraction, the only development along the River, you can appreciate the historical value of the attraction.

The Silver and Ocklawaha Rivers have both been bound up in the history of the region.  From the days of early Indian settlement, to the time when they were a major means of transporting goods, these waterways have drawn many to them. 

When planning your trip along the Silver River, we recommend that you think weekday.  The pure pleasure of this River is best enjoyed when you can see the wildlife in abundance, and that is best achieved when the human traffic on the River quiets.  If your trip only can be done on the weekend, try a early departure, at least by 9 a.m., or a late afternoon, say around 3. 

Water levels are really low right now.  Rain dance time!


Ocala/ Marion County is in spring mode, and our many guests are seeing the fabulous Silver River at it’s best.  The countless birds along our way are glorying in the beautiful weather.  Gators are sunbathing on any log or downed tree that gives them their place in the sun, sharing room with the turtles.  The monkeys are also enjoying the temperature change, and are showing up to greet their visitors.

A big THANK YOU to our guests of the past few weeks.  We enjoy having the opportunity to share the pleasures of the Silver River with you.