Due to the recent deluge of rain, the majority of the dock at the Ray Wayside Park/Ocala Boat Basin is under water. The Silver and Ocklawaha Rivers are out of their banks, and there’s a good bit of floating debris that can be a hazard in navigation. Use extreme caution if attempting to access these waterways for the next several days.
When taking a trip up the Silver River, you never know when you will see something for the first time.
Our guests from Indiana met me at the Ocala Boat Basin around 8:30 a.m., Sunday morning, and we were the first boat down the River.
As usual, when I am trying to site the Rhesus Monkeys, I watch for movement in the trees.
On this paticular occassion, the movement was quite obvious. Monkeys were flying from one side of the River to the other, a distance of 20-30 feet. They were taking off from the taller trees, and landing in the shorter ones on the far bank. This was one of the largest troops of Rhesus Monkeys I have ever seen on the Silver River, 50 or more strong. These natural acrobats really put on a show, with us watching in amazement for over 15 minutes.
My guests were anxious to see some alligators, and the first one we spotted was over 12 feet long. One of the largest gators I have ever seen on the Silver River.
After all the trips I have taken up the Silver River in the last 25 years, it never ceases to amaze me that it is always an adventure.
For more information look at the Silver River Tours section of our web site.