The Silver River is a short spring-fed river located east of Ocala in Marion County, Florida. Fed by Silver Springs, it connects the springs to the Ocklawaha River, passing through a pristine woodland environment. The river was probably named for its silvery appearance.
My start and endpoint was Ray Wayside Park with a start time of 6:15 am and a return time of 3:15 pm. I have been here many times over the years and it never disappoints. I prefer to do this location during the week because there is less traffic. On this trip, I had the river to myself for about 3 hours before the traffic started to build up. There is no fishing allowed on the Silver River, if you go there for that you’ll have to go left once exiting the canal.
My shoulder (collarbone) held up well but did start to let me know it did not like the paddling once I got up to the spring head. It got plenty of rest on the way back. I did some underwater video stuff but the footage was not as good as last time. The monkeys were out and about but I did not spend much time with them, this time.