Silver Glen Springs
On Day 6, the tour team departed DeLand and headed north passing the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge and Lake Dexter. Bald Eagles and osprey lined many of the trees we passed. Houseboaters were common in this area and it is a great place to relax and watch the river.
Our first stop was lunch at the Blackwater Inn, a local favorite and great place to dine waterfront in Astor. After leaving Blackwater Inn, the tour team took a side trip into Blue Creek, a 3 mile meandering tributary of the St. Johns ideal for fishing and watching wildlife.
After entering Lake George, the second largest lake in Florida at nearly 46,000 acres, we headed to Silver Glen Springs for a quick dip. Families and friends gathered at the spring for picnics, swimming and snorkeling.
The Tour Team left Silver Glen and continued on to historic Drayton Island for a private dinner prepared by the islanders. Residents from all over Drayton helped prepare the Easter meal, hosted Team members in their homes, provided a "hayride" to the dinner, and welcomed St. Johns Riverkeeper to the island. Indigo Inn, a private bed and breakfast, hosted several of our team and helped gather friends to share their concerns for the St. Johns and future of their home. These residents are looking to preserve and maintain their rich island history while continuing to maintain its character and protect the St. Johns. We look forward to continuing to work together.