Thanks to Tropical Storm Fay, water levels on the Silver and Oklawaha Rivers have risen dramatically.
On Monday, we did a re-con trip and found the dock at the Ocala Boat Basin about a foot under water.
The Silver River entrance was virtually blocked by downed trees. We did manage to get down the Oklawaha River a couple of miles, dodging submerged trees and snags most of the way. Because of the flooded woods, and still rising waters, expect more of these obstructions in the near future. Be careful.
The bad news is that in the short term this will hinder fishing and boating due to downed trees, impossible snags, and racing currents. The good news is that in the long run the water temps will decrease and the fishing will improve. Remember the Sept. 2004 hurricanes? By October of that year the fishing was good and flow of the rivers was practically back to normal.