The Ocklawaha River has a rich history beginning 14,000 years ago with the Paleo Indians who hunted giant mammoths. In the 1800s, it was the gathering region for many Indian tribes. The river was once home to three Spanish Missions and was the Palatka to Silver Springs water route with 96 steamboat landings.
"Wooding up" on the Ocklawaha. ca 1900. Black & white photoprint. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory.
"Okahumkee" river steamer on the Ocklawaha River - Fort Brooks, Florida. ca 1876. Black & white photoprint. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory.