On October 1st, 2013, the main entrance opened a canoe and kayak launch to the public for the first time. This convenient launch offers direct access to the headsprings area and the Fort King waterway. In addition to the park admission fee, there is a $4.00 launch fee to utilize this launch. On weekends and holidays this launch can be very crowded so be prepared to quickly load and unload your vehicle. The park opens at 8:00 a.m. and the launch closes an hour before sundown. Overnight parking is not available.
The camping and museum entrance also has a canoe and kayak launch, however there is a portage of approximately 0.6 miles on the river trail to reach the launch. The launch is approximately 1.8 miles downstream from the headsprings area. There is no additional launch fee to use this facility. This is the only place for canoes and kayaks to exit the river between the headsprings and ray wayside park.
Motorized vessels are PROHIBITED from using the canoe and kayak launches. This includes canoes with electric motors. Presently, there is no location to launch a motorized vessel at Silver Springs State Park. A boat launch is located near the confluence of the Silver and Ocklawaha Rivers at Ray Wayside County Park (Ocala Boat Basin). This boat launch is approximately 5 miles downstream from the headsprings. Separate admission fees may apply.