Springs Fever: A Field & Recreation Guide to 500 Florida Springs.
3rd Edition by Joe Follman and Richard Buchanan

Artesian Spring
Citrus County
Summary of Features
  • Scale - 3rd magnitude (estimated)
  • Scenery - poor
  • How Pristine? - flowing well, enclosed as hotel swimming pool
  • Swimming - fair-good
  • Protection - unknown
  • Crowds - heavy on warm weekends
  • Access - private, only for use by hotel guests
  • Facilities - fine
  • Safety - very good
  • Scuba - no
  • Cost - must stay at adjacent hotel

Pool and hotel surrounding spring.  Below:  springhead in pool viewed from tree


Directions (Address and phone: 506 NW 1st Ave, Crystal River, FL 34428, 352-795-2850)
At King’s Bay Lodge in Crystal River. Google maps link: www.google.com/maps/place/King%E2%80%99s+Bay+Lodge/@28.8983532,-82.5948378,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x77392e35a1897dbe!8m2!3d28.8983532!4d-82.5948378.

Spring Description
The spring is an artesian, flowing well* used to fill a hotel swimming pool in a NE corner of King’s Bay. The pool is rectangular and about 15 by 40 feet. Water in the pool is clear, and there were plants (either elodea or hydrilla) and rocks along the bottom. The maximum depth is about 8 feet. There was no visible boil, and the authors could not determine the location of the flow point.  The spring is partially canopied by a large oak tree on one end and additional trees on the other end, where there is an outflow point.  One side of the concrete pool wall also serves as a retaining wall to the adjoining King’s Bay.  The King’s Bay Hotel is immediately upland from the pool.


Local Springiana
*The authors were informed by a nearby tour guide that this spring was a flowing well.  It is also possible that the site is a "regular"
spring and that the tour guide was mistaken.

Personal Impressions
The site is interesting and worth a look, regardless of whether it is an actually spring or just a flowing well.  It is one of the few
springs in King's Bay where one can actually see the bottom clearly.

Nearby Springs

Other Nearby Natural Features
Rainbow Springs State Park
Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge
Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge
Withlacoochie State Forest