Springs Fever: A Field & Recreation Guide to 500 Florida Springs.
2nd Edition by Joe Follman and Richard Buchanan

Treehouse Spring
Alachua County
Summary of Features
  • Scale - 1st magnitude
  • Scenery - very good
  • How Pristine? - completely pristine
  • Swimming - fair
  • Protection - excellent
  • Crowds - none
  • Access - good, boat only
  • Facilities - none
  • Safety - good
  • Scuba - yes
  • Cost - free



From downtown High Springs drive about two miles north on U.S. 41/441to bridge over the Santa Fe. The boat ramp to the river is on the NW sideof the bridge. Put in and go upriver about 2/3 mile. Look for a circularcove on the right, created by the spring.

For maps, latitude/longitude data, driving directions, satelliteimagery, and topographic representations as well as weather conditionsat this spring, go to Greg Johnson's informative "Florida Springs Database"web site at the following address:  http://www.ThisWaytothe.Net/springs/floridasprings.htm#Florida

Spring Description
The large first-magnitude spring, with an estimated flow of nearly260 MGD, was not formally classified as a spring or
measured until 1997 by Hornsby & Ceryak (1998, p. 20).  Itis, however, one of Florida’s largest individual springs.  Water
flows up in wide slicks from a depth measured at 44 feet.  Thespring pool is oval and was about 150 by 200 feet in diameter
on date of visit (April 2000), a time of drought.  On this date,water in the Santa Fe River was quite clear, but the water in the
spring was not clear enough to see the bottom or any limestone formations. Partially because the water is not very clear, the authors speculated theflow might be an additional portion of the Santa Fe River Rise a shortdistance upriver.  The land surrounding the spring sloped upward abouteight feet into low rolling hills of hardwood and floodplain forest.


Personal Impressions
One of Florida’s largest springs, this site was not named until 2001.

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