Springs Outing: Silver River Paddle
Join us October 9th for a paddle from Silver Springs State Park down the Silver River to Ray Wayside Park, guided by Silver Springs expert Dr. Bob Knight and FSI environmental scientists. The spring group consists of at least 25 spring vents. Mammoth Spring is the largest, flowing at the first magnitude to form the headwaters of the Silver River. Mammoth Spring supplies about 50% of the entire flow of Silver River. Historically, Silver Springs had the highest average flow of any spring in the U.S. at more than 500 million gallons per day. The 4,000-acre Silver Springs State Park encompasses the spring, five-mile-long river, and surrounding sandhill forest.
Details about the outing:
For participants bringing their own canoe/kayak/paddleboard (we highly recommended bringing one if you have it), we will meet at Silver Springs State Park at 10:00am – the parking lot begins to fill up early so getting there by 9:30am is ideal. We will launch from the park at 10:30am.
For participants who would need to rent a kayak or other paddle craft, we recommend using Paddling Adventure’s at Silver Springs State Park, located at our launch point. We recommend securing a rental and a shuttle back to the head spring before purchasing a ticket by going on their website: https://silversprings.com/paddling/
Things to bring: kayak/canoe, water shoes, clothes that can get wet, lunch/snacks, and a reusable water bottle.
If you have any questions regarding this outing, please email Hailey Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have signed up, you can expect a final details email the week prior to the event. Thank you!
Our Springs Outing trips connect nature lovers with the outdoors (and each other) while giving participants the opportunity to learn about Florida’s unique landscape and springs from qualified experts/scientists. Each Spring Outing holds a new adventure, and with it, new information and experiences, even for the most seasoned adventure enthusiasts! Proceeds from Spring Outings benefit the Florida Springs Institute so we can continue vital springs research and education efforts.