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Address: East Hwy 40, Silver Springs, FL
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+1 352-671-8560

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Great river trip

Love this river... saw monkeys, lots of water birds, turtles and even a few alligators. Very relaxing ride down the river into the springs

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 November 2016
Silver Springs, Florida
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Kansas City
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32 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

Ray Wayside Park, a county facility, offers picnic areas, restroom facilities, several ramps for power boats and an excellent ramp for launching paddle craft. Ample parking is provided. Access is from FL40 south of Silver Springs. Launch fee is $5, payable at the entry gate. Boaters launch into a tributary leading to the Silver River, where a 5.5-mile paddle takes... More 

Thank Kenneth W
Coastal South Carolina, South Carolina
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34 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

$4.00 gives you safe parking and easy access to the Silver River. Perfect for kayaking or boating. It is no wake and no fishing. Just enjoy the natural wonders.

Thank Tammy L
Silver Springs, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Love this river... saw monkeys, lots of water birds, turtles and even a few alligators. Very relaxing ride down the river into the springs

1 Thank vsasse
Ocala, Florida
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204 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

Stopped here yesterday wanting to dip in water, but only really Boat launch dock & Kayak launch for water access. I dipped up to my ankles at the Kayak launch area, but of course it was muddy, murky & not suited for swimming or wading. There are some park equipment areas for children & I saw picnic tables under a... More 

Thank Muncha_Ocala
Elkton, Florida
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27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016

I have launched kayaks there before, to paddle up to Silver Springs and back. Participated in the Protest Paddle to help protect the springs and we all gathered here at the end of the paddle. I like that they accommodate kayakers and canoers as well as other boaters.

Thank Madgee710
Ocala, Florida
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2015

This is a perfect area for launching boats or kayaks to go either up the Silver River or down to the Ocklawaha.

1 Thank N A
Crystal River, Florida
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280 reviews
84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015

This is the most picturesque river I have ever kayaked in. You will need to pay $5 to use the park. The restrooms are rundown but usable. They have two boat ramps and one kayak ramp. You will need to haul your kayak about 50 ft. over grass. Once you're out of the canal paddle up river to the Silver... More 

4 Thank Florence J
Lady Lake, Florida
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2015

Ray Wayside Park is mostly a boat launch for the silver River. We have put our kayaks in here many times and paddled up the Silver River to Silver Springs. Very reasonable. You can fish from the dock and there is places to picnic.

1 Thank keithfan
Clearwater, Florida
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23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2015

We used the Ray Wayside Park to launch from. It was only a $5 parking fee. We paddled up the river to the Silver Springs @ 4.7 miles up river. The water is so clear and cool. There is a mild current to the water which made the grasses below the water dance beneath us. It was beautiful. Peaceful. There... More 

3 Thank sharonsrun
Dunnellon, Florida
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169 reviews
56 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2015

This is a little out of the way park that is used to access the Silver River. A lot of kayaks use it and some boaters. There was no one manning the pay station, so you had to use the honor system. Get a numbered envelope, tear off the top half, put it on your dash board. There is a... More 

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