SpringsWatch: Silver River
The Silver River is located in central Marion County, Florida. The river begins at Silver Springs, a group of artesian springs that comprise a first magnitude spring group. The river flows for approximately 4.5 miles to its confluence with the Ocklawaha River. Mammoth Spring is the largest of the Silver Springs group, and is surrounded by the Silver River State Park. In 2013, the former Silver Springs attraction property was combined with the 4,418-acre Silver River State Park to become the 4,660-acre Silver Springs State Park. Silver Springs is approximately 6 miles east of Ocala, Florida and is located along the south side of State Road 40.
Volunteers with the Florida SpringsWatch program conduct monthly sampling along the Silver River. Our Silver River group currently collects data for the following parameters: temperature, dissolved oxygen, specific conductance, vertical light attenuation, and visual bird surveys. The SpringsWatch program is a great way to get out to the springs, learn, and volunteer. To learn more about the data our volunteers are collecting, click on the dashboard and report links below!
This group is NOT currently accepting volunteers. If you would like to join the wait list, please contact us.
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Photos by John Moran, Tessa Skiles, and Brenda Wells.