Finally…Fall!  On the Silver River and Ocklawaha River that means the leafs are changing colors, the days are more pleasant, and there is less traffic from other boaters.  This is a wonderful time to have the Rivers to yourself.  When it comes to viewing the abundant wildlife along the way, that is the key.  As we all know, they also like having the Rivers to themselves.

You will always see something new every time you go down these Rivers.  Unlike caged animals, these unhampered critters do their own thing.  It is a thrill when you get to see that little something that you will only see in their uninhibited life’s on these waterways.  Just the other day an alligator was giving her babes a ride on her head as she moved them back to the river’s bank.  I have seen these gators thousands of times, but that was a first.

The Rhesus Monkeys are spotted on nearly every trip down the River, and the numerous birds cannot be counted.   Herons, Egrets and more will be seen as you travel the Silver and Ocklawaha Rivers.  We saw a pair of Ospreys about a week ago, one of our rarer sitings.

There are plentiful Mullet and Blue Shad running.  On the Ocklawaha River, the Trophy Largemouth Bass are biting.  Check out our freshwater fishing reports to catch the latest action!

Until next time…see you on the Rivers!
Cindy & Nick Bozman


We’ve spotted a manatee on two consecutive tours of the Silver River.  It is a fairly large adult manatee.  On both occassions we have seen it about one mile east of the basin of Silver Springs.  It is easy to spot looking down in the water due to it’s light coloring and large size.

In the 28 years I have been on the Silver and Ocklawaha Rivers, this is only the second manatee I’ve ever seen.  It probably traveled the Harris Chain of Lakes through the lock at Moss Bluff.  However the  manatees’ journey ends, we’ve enjoyed the pleasure of seeing it on the River.

Manatee spotted on Silver River tour