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

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Bathtub Spring
Suwannee County
Summary of Features
 
  • Scale -2nd magnitude (estimated)
  • Scenery -fine
  • How Pristine? -sandbag wall at end of run; otherwise fairly pristine
  • Swimming -outstanding wading
  • Protection -unknown
  • Access -private

View down spring toward run to Suwannee
Quick Directions
Put in at Convict Springs and head upriver about ¼ mile. Springis on the opposite (NE) side.

Full Directions
From Mayo, drive east on U.S. 27 about four miles to Convict SpringsRoad. The turnoff is marked by a large sign for Jim Hollis’ River Rendezvous.Turn left (north) and drive about 2 miles to Convict. Put in at ConvictSprings and head upriver about ¼ mile. Spring is on the opposite(NE) side. Look for sandbag culvert where the spring run meets the river.

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 lies in a small glen that cuts through the natural riverlevee and is surrounded by somewhat steep sand berms. The upland area ispartly cleared and fairly open and flat. The spring pool is circular, 10feet in diameter, and set among large exposed limestone boulders and formations.The water in the small pool is 4-5 feet deep, and there is a clear boiland flow from a vent in the back (north) end. There is a short (6-10 feet)and narrow tunnel between limestone walls that may be free-dived.

A subterranean passage leads from the back of the spring to a pot-hole-sizeopening another 35 feet north. Another 75 feet further back (north) isa sinkhole that was filled with timbers on the authors’ dates of visit.It is likely connected to the spring. The water in the spring is exceptionallyclear and bright blue at normal water levels. The spring run is approximately75 feet to the river, 1-2 feet deep, scattered with limestone, and hasanother vent in muddy sand near the river on the west side. Sandbags andconcrete blocks form an unsightly barrier between the run and the river.

Use/Access

The site is privately owned and a fence and gate block land access.It can only be reached by boat—see comments below.

Local Springiana

  • Before land access was blocked, the site was used frequently for recreation,camping, and partying by the local population. After new owners put upthe fence, they told the authors that litter and vandalism at the springand surrounding area precipitated the blocking of access.
  • On one visit some kids at the site told JF the story of a man who drownedin the small cave. The man, who supposedly was intoxicated, was swimmingin the little pool and became stuck in the short passageway between theback boulders and small cave. He was referred to as the "drowned drunk."
  • On another visit, JF observed a teenage boy swim underground from the backof the spring to the pothole-size opening 35 feet further back. JF wasgame to try it, but his wife prevented him.
  • The spring name is derived from its size and shape—it indeed makes a perfect"cool tub" on a ho t day.
Personal Impressions

Bathtub is as pretty as any small spring the authors have ever seen.

Nearby Springs

  • Bon net
  • Peacock
  • Suwannee Blue
  • Royal
  • Telford
  • Hidden
  • Cow
  • Running
  • Convict
  • Thomas
  • Perry