The Silver River continues to amaze us with each trip. There is always a new experience watching the wildlife along the River. This time of year you will be able to see the alligators taking in the sun, the monkeys perhaps cannonballing into the River, and the many birds busy feeding their newly hatched offspring.
As the days heat up it is best to get an early start. The afternoons will soon start bringing in the afternoon showers that happen as the sea breeze crosses the state. If you can get off the water by 1 p.m. you stand your best chance of avoiding the heat and the rain.
If you take your trip down the River with us you are always welcome to bring along food and beverage and have a picnic as you tour the waterway.
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!
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.
The season is changing on the Silver River, fall is giving us some beautiful weather. Day temps are in the 80’s, with the overnights in the 50’s.
On a recent trip down the Silver River, the gators seemed to be scarce. Well, they were just hanging out, down on the bottom, trying to stay warm. An interesting site to see, them resting just under you as you boat over them. Oh…by the way….GO GATORS! The monkeys didn’t seem to care about the change in temps, we spotted several different troops jumping from tree to tree. A Bald Eagle flying over us was an added bonus for the day.
Remember to time your trips to leave a little earlier. The shortening daylight can catch you by suprise.
Take the time to visit the Silver River State Park while you are in the Ocala/Marion County area. Please check with them for fees and operating hours, in paticular for the Museum. A great place to share with your children, with a walking trail down to the River. My mother and I had a deer run past us as we walked the path to the Silver River on our last visit there. So many have told us that they had no knowledge about it, that we want to share this special place with our readers. Just another of the many opportunities in Marion County to enjoy nature.
If you get the chance to visit the Silver or Ocklawaha Rivers, come back to our site and post a comment with us. We will be glad to share with our readers your experiences along the Rivers.