At least 16 springs give rise to the Silver River within the upper 0.6 mile (1.0 km) stretch. The Silver River flows eastward from the Main Spring approximately 5 miles (8 km) into the Ocklawaha River. The entire Silver River and its springs are owned by the Silver River State Park.

Some land around the head springs is leased to Silver Springs Adventure Theme Park and is heavily developed. The rest of the Silver River basin is heavily forested and protected. Glass-bottom boat tours occur daily along the upper Silver River. The river system is a canoeing, kayaking, and wildlife viewing hotspot. Clear water and bluish water color is characteristic of the entire Silver River and its contributing springs.

All the springs can be accessed by boating 4.5 – 5 miles (7.2 – 8.0 km) upstream on the Silver River from a boat ramp that provides access to the Silver and Ocklawaha Rivers. The boat ramp is located off SR 40, 4 miles (6.4 km) east of the intersection of 58th Ave and SR 40 in Silver Springs. The ramp is approximately 10 miles east of the city of Ocala.

The access road is just before the Delks Bluff Bridge over the Ocklawaha River on the south side of the road.

Source: Springs of Florida, Florida DEP

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