Silver Glen Springs 2009

Day Trips to great boating destinations

We live in one of the best places for boating in the world.  Within an hour and a half's drive you could be in the Atlantic Coast Inland Waterway heading south toward Ponce Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean or head west to Crystal River and the Gulf. The St. Johns River and three first magnitude springs not to mentions all the lakes and rivers in between.  We can literally experience any kind of boating there is any time we'd like. Here's what we mean.

Silver Glen Springs
Swim with us for the day!

2006Located in the Ocala National Forest, Silver Glen Springs is a nice short ride from the public boat ramp in Astor.  The first thing you'll notice when you arrive, the crystal clear water!  You'll think your in inches of water when you look below the boat, and you might even spot some small fish and turtles.  It's nature Old World style!
When we go for the day we like to launch at the public boat ramp at the end of Butler Street, just off of Highway 40 in Astor.  There is no charge for use, ample parking, and a nice ramp.  From here it's about a 45 minute ride north on the St. John's River, and across Lake George to the springs. 
We like to have the boat in the water, and be on our way to the Springs by 10:00a.m. to get a decent parking spot, on a Saturday there'll be plenty of boats in the Glen.  Once you get anchored, there's plenty to do, take a swim, catch a fish or two, throw a frisbie, or open up that picnic lunch you've packed.  If you work your way to the end of the Glen you'll see the actual Spring, nestled inside a State Park.  You can dive into the spring, the water's always 72 degrees.  They don't allow tanks, but you can bring your snorkel and mask, there lot's of different fish to see.
Silver Glen Springs is fun for the whole family, a great day or weekend trip.  I hope you can join us this Summer!

Blue Springs on the St. Johns River

   Launching from Sanford on the 17/92 ramp just north of I-4 Blue Springs State Park is a short hour boat ride past a great restaurant, the Swamp House Grill at High Banks Marina in Debary. 

   The largest spring on the St. Johns River, Blue Spring is a designated Manatee Refuge and the winter home (mid-November through March) to a growing population of West Indian Manatees. For centuries, the spring area was home for Native Americans. In 1766 it was visited by British botanist John Bartram, but it wasn´t until 1856 that it was settled by Louis Thursby and his family. The Thursby house, built in 1872, remains standing. The spring´s crystal clear, 73 degree water can be enjoyed by swimmers, snorkelers, and certified scuba divers with a partner. Swimming or diving with manatees is not permitted and is strictly enforced.

The river is popular for fishing, canoeing, and boating. River boat tours are available; for reservations, call St. Johns River Cruises at (386) 917-0724. The park has plenty of picnic areas and a hiking trail. For overnight stays, air-conditioned cabins, a full-facility campground, and primitive campsites are available. Located west of Orange City. Take U.S. 17/92 to Orange City, go west two miles on French