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We camped Friday and Saturday nights and met up with fellow paddlers that I had met at a previous similar event. Had a blast. Paddlers are fabulous people!!!
Sunday, we paddled 10 miles of the Oklawaha River (Ray's Wayside Park to Gore's Landing). This stretch of river has many downed trees from a recent hurricane. While paddle craft would have no difficulty, there are 2 spots where it would be impossible for a motorized craft to make passage.
Bird activity on this day was diminished. Many, many large fish of several varieties were observed, as well as some shockingly large alligators and many turtles sunning themselves. It was very peaceful and quiet and took us 3 hours and 15 minutes at a leisurely pace.
Overall, very different from the nearby Silver River. There were a very few spots suitable (minimally) for camping. I did not swim because I was intimidated by the gators. One of them made a growling noise in our direction.
Rated moderate for distance only, this actually a very easy paddle
Ray's Wayside park is a very clean, nice county park with 2 boat ramps, a separate canoe/kayak launch, pavilions for picnics and parties, and bathrooms.
From Gore's landing, follow the directions back to highway 40. Turn left and Ray's wayside park is on the right, about 4 miles. From Ray's wayside park, you can paddle either the Silver River or the Oklawaha River.
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