A recent trip down the Silver River reminds me of how fortunate we are to have this beautiful waterway preserved for all of us. It is no wonder that so many of our guests come back year after year, and bring along their visitors or family members. It is simply a special place. You might come to see the wildlife, or it could be to just get away from it all, whatever the reason, the River remains the same…unchanged.
Hardly a minute goes by that you are not siting a new animal or bird. From the fish, turtles, alligators and more that are in the River, to the eagles, hawks, herons and more that are in the air and trees, the Silver River is home to a countless number of year around residential and migratory wildlife. Capt. Tom spotted yet another group of manatees recently, and as always we get excited about their return to the River. Of course, everyone wants to see the Rhesus Monkeys. They will be spotted on about 99% of our trips, and as with all the wildlife, they are wild along the waterway.
When planning your trip this time of year, try to go on the weekdays, or early on a weekend mornings. This is best to be sure that you can see the wildlife before they are disturbed by other boaters. Remember that it is a three hour boat ride from the departure location at Ray Wayside Park to the basin of Silver Springs, so be sure to bring along plenty of beverage as the temperatures climb as we approach summer.