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Ray Wayside Park

East Hwy 40, Silver Springs, FL
+1 352-671-8560
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Boat launch, park, and bathrooms

This is a boat launch for the Silver River and Ocklawaha. It's steep but even with the water level... read more

Reviewed 27 April 2017
novelistmom
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Lake Butler, Florida
Great entry point for amazing river trips

Ray Wayside Park, a county facility, offers picnic areas, restroom facilities, several ramps for... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2017
Kenneth W
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Kansas City
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good26%
  • Average26%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible0%
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East Hwy 40, Silver Springs, FL
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+1 352-671-8560
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Reviewed 27 April 2017

This is a boat launch for the Silver River and Ocklawaha. It's steep but even with the water level being so low, we didn't have much trouble getting in or out. There are two bathrooms. One near the boat launch, and a slightly larger one...More

1  Thank novelistmom
Reviewed 13 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....More

2  Thank Kenneth W
Reviewed 7 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.

1  Thank Tammy L
Reviewed 15 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
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....More

Thank Muncha_Ocala
Reviewed 25 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...More

Thank Madgee710
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
Reviewed 16 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...More

4  Thank Florence J
Reviewed 13 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
Reviewed 8 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...More

3  Thank sharonsrun
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Greg H
12 June 2017|
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Response from Kenneth W | Reviewed this property |
Ray's is approximately 5.5 miles downstream from the Silver Springs headwaters. The current is fairly strong, but the round trip can be done in 4 or 5 hours. Add an extra hour for sightseeing, especially if the monkeys are... More
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