Canoeing in Florida - River Trips on the Ocklawaha River

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"The Ocklawaha is the sweetest water lane in the world, a lane which runs for more than 150 miles of pure delight..."
Canoeing in Florida is like a day in paradise with your family or group. Plenty of water makes for great fun on your river trip on the Ocklawaha River. Camp overnight or canoe for just a few hours, Ocklawaha Canoe Outpost and Resort will be there to ensure a peaceful and relaxing journey.

As your day trip begins, you and your gear are loaded into one of our vans or buses and transported about eight miles through scenic back woods to your put in point.

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canoe trips on the Ocklawaha River

We unload the canoes and put them in the water and you are sent off on one of Florida's most scenic and tranquil rivers. As you go downstream traveling with the three to five knot current, your journey will be one of quiet and relaxing solitude. On your trip you will be able to swing from a rope swing over the river or sit on your own private part of the river bank away from the noise and confusion of the city. This trip can be done in two and a half to three hours or you can spend the whole day on the river. There is an optional side trip through the Dead River and Cedar Creek that will add about one to two hours to the trip. When you return, relaxed and refreshed, to the outpost, you leave the canoe at the cove and we do all the clean up.

The most popular overnight canoe trip starts when you arrive at the Outpost. After checking in, you, your camping gear, and the canoes are transported about twenty miles to the wayside park on the Silver River. Once on the river, you leave civilization behind. You can paddle up the Silver River to the Silver Springs attraction, which takes about three hours. The trip down the river is easy paddling and takes about one hour to the convergence with the Ocklawaha. The river winds through the old Florida outback. It is wide and deep so there are no portages necessary, even in the times of seasonal high or low water. Camp can be set up anywhere there is high ground once back on the OCKLAWAHA River. When you arrive back at the Ocklawaha Canoe Outpost  landing, it's a short walk back to your vehicle to reload your  personal equipment, you may drive your vehicle to the landing for your convince.

Due to the increase in gas prices, there will be a $5.00 increase to all of our pricing beginning on March 1, 2012 .


Day Trips
For half-day and day trips, we provide canoes or kayaks, paddles, life vests, a river map, parking and transportation. You depart as scheduled and return to the Outpost by 5 PM.

Trip Paddling Distance Paddling Time
Gore's Landing to Outpost* 8 miles 4-4.5 hours
Silver River to Outpost * 18 miles 8-9 hours
Silver River Day Trip  * 8 Miles 4-4.5 hours


Silver River Day Trip week days or as drivers available

The Gore's landing trip is the most popular. It offers unique possibilities for exploratory side-trips on the Dead River, Cedar Creek & tributaries. Add a minimum of 2 miles distance and 1 hour paddling time if you plan to explore.

*Additional transport charge to Silver River
*Third person in canoe - $15.00
*Private Trip - $15.00

Overnight Trips

Trip Paddling Distance Paddling Time
Moss Bluff to Outpost 31 miles 3 days
Silver River to Outpost 18-28 miles 2 days

Overnight trips include the canoe, paddles, life vests, and river map. Transportation is additional.  For trips over 2 days, there is an additional charge per person. For Private Trips - $15.00

Firewood is available to purchase on overnight river trips at $6 a bundle.


Departure Times

All trips depart at 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM year round. Please check-in 30 minutes before scheduled departure.


Transportation Costs


Transport Canoe Renters Canoe Owners
Gore's Landing Included in Rental $35 for first, $20 each additional
SR40 Included in Rental $75.00 for first, $40 each additional
Moss Bluff

No day trips this location

$100 for first, $50 each additional
  (It is best to make reservations for transfers)

Silver River Day Trip week days only or as drivers available


Canoe/two people-
$49.+tx includes transportation

Tandem Kayak-
$59.+tx includes transportation

Solo Kayak-
$39.+tx includes transportation


Canoe/two people-
$82.+tx includes transportation

Tandem Kayak-
$92.+tx includes transportation

Solo Kayak-
$72.+tx includes transportation

(day trips leave at 8am only to give you plenty of time)

SR40 TO OUTPOST OVERNIGHT  (one night on river)

(Transportation included in price)

                                          Canoe /two people   $102.+tx

                                          Tandem Kayak       $112.+tx

                                          Solo Kayak             $92.+tx

MOSS BLUFF TO OUTPOST  ( three days two nights on river)

(Transportation not included in price )

Canoe /two people - $140.+tx, $85 transportation for first, $35 each additional

Tandem Kayak - $150.+tx, $85 transportation for first, $35 each additional

Solo Kayak - $120. +tx, $85 transportation for first, $35 each additional

Additional people or additional days increase pricing per boat.

OVERNIGHT TRIPS LEAVE OUTPOST AT 8AM ONLY unless arrangements have been made with office for additional time departure.

Unless arrangments made in advance with Outpost Staff

**** prices subject to change without notice*******

Boat storage    $2.00 per foot
Boat trailer storage     $2.00 per foot
RV storage up to 30'    $2.67 per foot
RV storage over 30'    $3.00 per foot

Owner is responsible for all insurance on item stored. Private boat ramp on premises that puts into the Ocklawaha River available to all renters.

***A credit card is required to make a reservation. It will not be charged unless you do not show up or call to cancel your reservation. The charge for a "no show" without cancellation is $20 and will be charged to your credit card.

Remember ....whether you spell us Ocklawaha or Oklawaha... you're in the right place!!!!


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Fort McCoy, FL 32134

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