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"Boat The Glen" At Lake George

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On: Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 5:44PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

For a must-do boat excursion in Central Florida, consider St. Johns River and Silver Glen, located on the southwest edge of Lake George. Glen Springs Recreation Area is located in the Ocala National Forest along SR 19, north of the intersection with SR 40. Those who boat in the Central Florida waterways are already aware that one of the best boat outings is spent at Silver Glen on Lake George.  In fact, the area is so popular that boating groups have dedicated their names to it.  “Boat the Glen” is an example of one such group.

The group has already discovered that Silver Glen is among the most picturesque and enjoyable boating locations in Central Florida. Silver Glen, part of the Ocala National Forest, encompasses Silver Glen Springs which is one of three major springs that feed into Lake George The springs supply Silver Glen Run, a 200-foot wide run that travels approximately a half mile before emptying into Lake George. It is a beautiful 20- to 30-minute trip up the river and across Lake George. Once you arrive at Silver Glen Run you will notice the water clearing. When you look down you will notice large schools of fish, then amazingly the water is crystal clear. The water temperature is a cool 72 degrees year round, and is one of the best places to swim and snorkel in Florida. The crystal-clear cool spring water makes for a refreshing swim on a sweltering summer day. There is a big party every year on Memorial Day weekend. If you like it a little quieter, just visit the Glen during the week

There are a total of three springs (Salt Springs enters through Salt Creek and Juniper Springs enters through Juniper Creek) that help contribute to the excellent bass fishing in Lake George. Fishing from a boat is best in summer when the largemouth bass move to the center of the lake looking for cool deep pools. Crappie fishing is best in winter. Anglers will even discover that several saltwater species have crept into Lake George, which is actually a wide section of St. Johns River, a tributary to the Atlantic Ocean. Redfish and blue crabs have become established species. Other species harvested include mangrove snapper, flounder, and tarpon. Fishing for flounder and snapper is generally done in fall and winter when they move closer to shore in the grass beds.

When you “boat the Glen” you will also be able to take advantage of the adjacent Ocala National Forest picnic areas and park. You will also meet many boaters from all over Central Florida and nearby areas.

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