Salt Springs Marina


Area Status: Open

A boat launch into a lake in a forest.

Situated near the beginning of the Salt Springs Run, the Salt Springs Marina is a full-service marina with a boat ramp, bait and tackle. It offers canoe and boat rentals for those wanting to fish or simply enjoy the placid waters of Salt Springs Run, which flows out into Lake George near Drayton Island.

This site is operated by Donald Dones.

 

Salt Springs Recreation Area

Nearby Salt Springs Recreation Area is one the recreational jewels of the Ocala National Forest, with a spectacular natural mineral spring that gives the area its name. Plenty of outdoor activities keep campers and day-use visitors busy, including swimming in the springs, fishing, snorkeling, hiking and boating. In the early 1900s, many people came to the spring, believing it had medicinal healing powers. Today's visitors will find Salt Springs gushes forth 52 million gallon of water daily at a constant 74° Fahrenheit.

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.

Camping

  • The 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. 

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. You'll often see a cluster of boats just past the floats marking the recreation area, with families frolicking in the shallows.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Expect full recreation sites during weekends. Have backup plans. Sites may close when capacity is reached.
Operational Hours: 8 a.m. to sunset.
Rentals & Guides: Kayaks, paddleboards, pontoons and skiffs.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions: Powerboats are not allowed in the spring area.
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 at Recreation Area

  • Accessible walkways to swimming basin
  • 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 


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Lake and Pond Fishing

Boating - Motorized

Boating - Non-Motorized

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
29.3477

  Longitude : 
-81.7356