Silver River - Florida Paddlers Rendezvous 2017

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Head Spring to Rays Wayside Park

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Silver Springs State Park

Silver River Trip Plan Click on the pdf icon to print or download a quick reference sheet for this trip.

Paddling Destination Details

Silver River

Silver River is a Florida classic paddling destination and one of the oldest tourist attractions dating back to the late 1800's. Silver Springs is the largest artesian spring in the world. The iconic glass bottom boats are the signature craft on Silver River. If the beautiful crystalline and aquamarine waters do not take your breath away, the abundance of wildlife will; Silver River seems to be a magnet for both native and exotic wildlife. Keep an eye out for the roving wild monkeys plying the shoreline! The abundant waters flowing from the multiple spring vents offers paddlers a welcome push downstream making your passage as effort free as possible (excluding headwinds of course!).

River Rating : Easy paddling

Scenery Rating : Excellent; lots of wildlife, including alligators. It's "Old Florida" at its best.

Trip Length : 6 miles, approximately 3.5 hours.

Skill Level: Beginner.  Should be able to perform forward and sweep strokes, basic sculling stroke, with good balance/stability in the boat.  Should possess some experience in light to moderate current and with navigation around deadfall, with ability to paddle steadily for about 3 hours.   

Wind Impact/Issues : Minimal

Current : Good current depending on rainfall.

Locations, Directions and Times

Put-In Location:  
Silver Springs State Park
2700 NE 57th Ave
Silver Springs, FL 34488

Admission Fee: $0 for Paid Rendezvous Participants
Shuttle Departure Times:
9 AM and 10 AM
Distance from The Silver Springs State Park Parking Lot:
0.1, approximately 2 minutes travel time.
29.213390, -82.054998

Rest Rooms Availability:

Put-in and Take-out

Take-out Location:
Rays Wayside Park
9570 NE 28th Ln
Silver Springs, FL 34488

Parking Fee: $5 per vehicle parked at Rays Wayside Park. Please ensure you have exact change. 
29.214444, -81.992401
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Shuttle Directions:

Silver River State Park to Rays Wayside Park
Distance from Put-In:

4.2 miles; approximately 7 minutes travel time
Map and Directions:
29.214444, -81.992401

Note: Please use Google Maps as the default Internet mapping service for trip location and routing. Usage of other Internet mapping services (i.e. Yahoo, Bing, etc.) may result in possible incorrect addresses using the street address location. The use of geographic coordinates (i.e. latitude/longitude) will provide correct location regardless of Internet mapping services.

Trip Shuttle Logistics

All participants meet at Silver Springs State Park main parking lot (SW corner) for shuttle meetup and departures at designated times. 5656 East Silver Springs Blvd. Silver Springs, Fl.

Meeting Location: 29.213917, -82.056189

Shuttles will be coordinated by each group leader
Renters will leave their vehicles at Put In and will be shuttled by Outfitter back to Put In.
We will leave as many cars as possible at the Take Out and shuttle back to the Put In.


Rentals must be arranged directly with the outfitter, on a first-come, first-served basis. Members should make reservations before signing up for the trip to make sure a kayak is available. Be sure you let them know you are participating in the Florida Paddle Rendezvous.


Silver River Kayaking LLC

Patrick and Mike

(352) 391-3799

Equipment & Costs:

  • Single kayaks - $50 (Includes Tax)
  • Tandem - $75 (Includes Tax)
Credit Cards are accepted.
Price includes boat rental, paddle, PFD and personal transportation back to your vehicle at Put In.

Please be aware of the outfitter's cancellation policy so you do not incur costs for not showing.

Personal Equipment

It is each participant's own responsibility to come properly equipped for safety and comfort.

Mandatory Items

  • Personal Flotation Device  (provided by outfitter with rentals) VCKC and the COAST GUARD require members to wear a PFD during the trip; the  PFD must be worn correctly at all times :  Buckled, zipped, etc., not hanging open
  • Whistle (provided by outfitter with rental) required by Coast Guard

Recommended Items

  • Water (minimum - 1 quart of water per person)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Rescue rope (minimum 10 ft)
  • Bailer and sponge