Florida Pontoon Notes

Ray Wayside to Gores Landing

The Ocklawaha River

Ray Wayside (Silver River) to Gores Landing

From the Ray Wayside Park ramp, there is a short canal, leading to the Silver River before it meets the Ocklawaha River. Here we are bordered by Carolina Ash, Bald Cypress, Swamp Tupelo, Red Maples, and the characteristic Sabal Palmettos. The combination of Bald Cypress, Swamp Tupelo, and Carolina Ash created natural arches overhead as they predominantly lean in toward the river. Numerous Swamp Lilies bloomed throughout this section and we were also treated to the very colorful Scarlot Rose Mallow and several Pink Swamp Mallow. Mexican Primrose Willow displayed numerous yellow blossoms and the Dahoon Holly trees were full of bright red berries. This section has plenty of winding turns, several sections with high bluffs, especially at the 4-mile mark, a great place to take a break.

Be aware of the downfall in the river and low-hanging branches if you have the canopy up!

Map - Ray Wayside to Gores Landing
Map – Ray Wayside to Gores Landing

Ray Wayside (Silver River) to Gores Landing Notes

icon-location-smLocation: This section of the Ocklawaha River is located between Highway 40 East of Silver Springs and NE 98th St, about 5 miles south of Fort McCoy.


icon-launches-smBoat Ramp:

Ray Wayside Park Boat Ramp
Ray Wayside Park Boat Ramp

The launch is located at Ray Wayside Park 9564 NE 28th Lane Silver Springs, FL 34488 NE 28th Ln, Silver Springs, FL 34488. See above map. There are two concrete ramps, not in the best conditions and docking is available. We have had no problems launching despite the condition of the ramps. There is a $5.00 fee per vehicle, restrooms are available as well as picnic areas.





icon-distance-smDistance: 10.5-miles one way, 21 miles round trip


icon-width-depth-smWidth and Depth: The river is quite winding in this section with an average width of 45′ – 115′. Water levels can range from a couple of feet to over 5′.


icon-current-tidal-smCurrent – Tidal: The Ocklawaha has a nice steady flow probably in the 3 mph range.


icon-time-duration-smAverage Boating Speed: 3 hrs cruising @ 7 mph

Gas Consumption: 3 gals. gas

icon-restrooms-smRest Areas: Restroom facilities at the launch, Ray Wayside Park, and in scattered sections along the river, especially at the 4-mile mark and several beyond. There are restroom facilities at Gore’s Landing.

Ray Wayside (Silver River) to Gores Landing Gallery


Guides, Maps & Info…

Crystal River | Homosassa River | Intercoastal Waterway | Lake Kerr | Lake Lochloosa | Pellicer Creek | Salt Springs | Santa Fe Lake | Silver Glen Springs | The Cedar Keys | The Ocklawaha River | The St Johns River | The Santa Fe River | The Silver River | The Suwannee River | The Rainbow River | Withlacoochee River