Salt Springs Run

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Bubbling up from clefts in the earth, crystal-clear water gushes year-round from Salt Springs and flows about five miles before emptying into Lake George. Visitors can rent canoes and launch from Salt Springs Marina, located at the head of the Salt Springs Run. The slow-moving current allows paddling back upstream to the marina, rather than entering the often-rough Lake George. Powerboats are also available at the marina and share the run with canoes.

Boating

  • An unimproved boat launch is located at the end of the campground closest to Salt Springs Run. It is directly across the run from the Salt Springs Marina. Follow the signs.

Fishing

  • Salt Springs Run is a relaxing place to fish, with small coves along the cypress-lined shoreline.

Nature Watching

  • Salt Springs Run is an excellent place for birdwatching, be it from the observation deck on the Salt Springs Trail, or on a float trip launched from the Salt Springs Marina.

Swimming

  • Swimmers enjoy the clear waters of Salt Springs Run nearest its source at Salt Springs. A cluster of boats just past the floats marks the recreation area, with families frolicking in the shallows.

Salt Springs Campground

  • Salt Springs Campground is the largest in the Ocala National Forest and the only one with full hookups for RVs. The facility offers spacious campsites for RVs and trailers, as well as a designated tent-only area, which is a short walk from the parking area. Sites are nicely shaded and well away from the busy day-use area. 

This site is operated by American Land & Leisure.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Dawn to dusk
Fees Canoes and rental boats are available at the Salt Springs Marina for a fee.
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Salt Springs has a gas station, grocery store, several restaurants, bait and tackle shops, a post office, laundromat and visitor center.

General Information

General Notes:

Amenities

  • Bathhouse
  • Boat ramp: An unimproved boat launch is located at the end of the campground closest to Salt Springs Run. It is directly across the run from the Salt Springs Marina. Follow the signs.
  • Canoe rentals: Available at the Salt Springs Marina on a first-come, first-served basis. Personal flotation devices and paddles are provided with all rentals.
  • Drinking water 
  • Flush toilets
  • Interpretive site
  • Parking
  • Standard electric campsites: 106 sites in the campground
  • Tent-only primitive campsites: 54 sites in the campground

Licenses and Passes

Boating 

  • Boating in the National Forests in Florida is regulated by the state of Florida. Please visit our boating web page before you grab your personal floatation device and head out onto the water.  

Fishing 


Accessibility:

Walkways to the swimming basin are accessible.


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Location

 
  Latitude : 
29.3410

  Longitude : 
-81.7093

 



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