Numerous birds are all along the Silver River this week.  The Black Crowned Night Heron has been honoring us with sightings, always a pleasure.  

 A record number of Rhesus Monkeys are hanging out in the tree tops.  Countless freshly hatched baby alligators will keep you busy spotting them on your boat ride.  Even the river otters are showing up to be seen, and they tend to be a little shy.

Spring on the Silver River allows us sightings of both common and rare wildlife along the way.  If you have a sighting you want to share, just post a comment here with us at Slick Charters River News.

The water level at the boat ramp at Ray Wayside Park is LOW.  Please use CAUTION! 


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.


I had several trips up the Silver River this week, departing from the Ray Wayside Park, just east of Ocala.  The wildlife there is in a word, abundant.

On our trip Tuesday, February 17, we spotted Wood Storks, River Otters, Night Herons, and over 50 Rhesus Monkeys, along with the usual Gators and Fishes.

Yes, Mother Nature is alive and well on the Silver River.


I ‘ve had several sight-seeing tours on the Silver River over the past few weeks.   We spotted lots of wildlife including Rhesus Monkeys, Gators, and even a pair of Wood Stork.

Also, one of the rarest sightings I have ever seen on the River.  People Fishing!  An oversight in the Florida State Legislature left the Silver River open for fishing through the first week of “09, and the few that got wind of it, including myself, took advantage.

Fishing the Silver River.  Very controversial subject.  I encounter people on both sides of the fence. As far as I am concerned, it’s public lands.

As long as people practice good concervation, there’s no reason these waters can’t be shared by fisherman and sightseer alike.

Remember, let’s all try to get along.