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

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Anderson Spring
Suwannee County
Summary of Features
 
  • Scale - 2nd magnitude
  • Scenery - fine
  • How Pristine? - unspoiled; dirt road to site and small parking areas
  • Swimming - fair-good
  • Protection - excellent
  • Wildlife - very good
  • Crowds - occasional fishermen
  • Access - very good
  • Facilities - none
  • Safety - very good
  • Scuba - no
  • Cost - free
Directions
From Interstate 10 exit on old exit #38 (exit also for Suwannee RiverState Park) and travel north four miles to town of Lee and turn right (east)on U.S. 90.  Drive about 12 miles and cross the Suwannee River. Take the first right past the bridge onto River Road (across from agriculturestation). Drive 2.2 miles, crossing over Interstate 10.  Take thefirst right into the Anderson Spring State Recreation Area.  Driveabout 0.3 miles to the main parking area (past the kiosk) and then lookinland for the spring depression.  To locate the flowpoint in theriver, walk from the parking area to the river and look for the upwellingadjacent to the shore in a nearly direct line from the parking area.

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

 

Spring Description
The spring is described and has been photographed as being both inlandfrom the river and lying in the riverbed itself.  When Rosenau etal. visited in 1974, they found a dry run of 150 feet leading from theriver to a shallow pool, 50 feet in diameter, in a low-lying and somewhatswampy area. No flow was visible. A local resident informed them that thepool sometimes flowed and was used for swimming (1977, p. 356).
View of dry run, Nov. 2003

This pool has not had water or flow in it on the four times the authorshave visited from 1995-2003.   Just to the right of the entranceroad--and across from the main parking area--are the dry depression, poolarea, and run described by Rosenau et al.  The run goes back perhaps200 feet, and there are several low spots from when water might flow undervery wet conditions.  There is no evidence of recent flow, however. There is a clear and evident flow point just off the shore in the bed ofthe river nearby (see photograph).  Rosenau noted that divers hadidentified Anderson Spring as being in the bed of the river at this latterspot.  Hornsby & Ceryak also report the spring as only being inthe river (1998, p. 108). It may be that (1) water in the pool also flowsunderground beneath the dry run to well up in the river where observed,(2) the pool may still flow overland as well under certain hydrologicalconditions, (3) the pool no longer flows and flow is only in the riverbedwhere observed, (4) some other explanation or combination of the abovetheories is correct.

Use/Access
The tract was run as a management area in the 1990s by the SuwanneeRiver Water Management District.  It is now a state recreation areamanaged by the Florida Park Service.  The site includes an informationalkiosk, trails, fishing, chemical toilet, and a boat ramp.  Visitorscan swim in the river.

Nearby Springs

  • Alapaha Spring
  • Falmouth Spring
  • Holton Spring
  • Little Gem Spring
  • Ellaville Spring
  • Lime Spring
  • Adams Spring
  • Morganís Spring
  • Suwannacoochie Spring
  • Other Nearby Natural Features
  • Suwannee River State Park
  • Withlacoochie River
  • Two Rivers State Forest
  • Contact Information
    Suwannee River State Park
    Route 8, Box 297
    Live Oak, FL 32060
    850-362-2746