Oklawaha River: Ray's Landing to Gore's Landing

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Ocala, Florida

Oklawaha River: Ray's Landing to Gore's Landing is a 10.4 mile point-to-point trail located near Ocala, Florida that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and offers a number of activity options.

Length10.4 miElevation gain19 ftRoute typePoint to point
Nature tripsPaddle sportsBird watchingForestRiverWildlife
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Tyler Christie
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Jenn Christenson
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So my recording map is for Rays wayside park to gores landing. We ended up doing Rays wayside park to gores landing, 10 miles, camping at Gore’s Landing and then the next day doing Gores Landing to the Ocklawaha outpost, 8 miles. It was a nice little trip on an undeveloped river. It felt pretty wild in the middle where cars could not be heard at all. Boaters varied in how considerate they were in slowing down near us. Technically the entire route is accessible to power boats. Should be able to camp anywhere within 100 yards on either side of the river but it was pure swamp. Theoretically there are primitive campsites along the route we took but we only saw two good ones. The first one was about 4.3 miles after Rays on elevated ground to the right. Had a small beach to easily run the boat aground, was fairly cleared out and had a nice fire area which looked like it had had some frequent use. The second one was a real gem, 5.6 miles after Gores Landing with lots of sandy beach and a large cleared out area. We tried exploring Cedar Creek as there were supposed to be primitive campsites there but it was all logjammed out and we reached a point where we could not go any further and had not seen any desirable sites at all. Unfortunately we found nothing primitive and ended up going to Gores Landing for the night. The campsites were really nice, some had a good deal of privacy and were right on the water. Bathrooms with flushing toilets and undrinkable but running water. Fire pits, trash cans, picnic tables, some had grills. There is a family with a private residence on the campsite that runs a generator all night, not at all what we were looking for but halfway through the trip as previously mentioned, primitive sites were impossible to find. The river is not very developed. The water is black and flat like glass and the forest is beautiful. In the middle segment of the journey all you hear is the forest, no cars. Expect to see a lot of gators, birds, many owls heard at night. We saw a manatee and some monkeys. Expect lots of solitude especially as a kayaker. Most people put in at Silver Springs and get out at rays Wayside. We did not see any other kayakers on our trip at all. Just a few fisherman and some boats. Contact the Ocklawaha outpost if you are interested any longer journey that comes with a friendly reverse shuttle.

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Michael Ashley
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Nice run for canoeing. 3 hr trip

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Johanna Davis
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Laura Johnson
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Robert Marley
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Stephen Henry
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Brian Hood
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