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
Link to map with spring: www.flsprings.com/content/bathtub-spring Put in at Convict Springs and head upriver about ¼ mile. Spring is on the opposite (NE) side.
From Mayo, drive east on U.S. 27 about four miles to Convict Springs Road. The turnoff is marked by a sign for Suwannee River Rendezvous. Turn left (north) and drive about 2 miles to Convict. Put in at Convict Springs and head upriver about ¼ mile. Spring is on the opposite (NE) side. Look for sandbag culvert where the spring run meets the river.
The spring lies in a small glen that cuts through the natural river levee and is surrounded by somewhat steep sand berms. The upland area is partly cleared and fairly open and flat. The spring pool is circular, 10 feet 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 boil and 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 exceptionally clear and bright blue at normal water levels. The spring run is approximately 75 feet to the river, 1-2 feet deep, scattered with limestone, and has another vent in muddy sand near the river on the west side. Sandbags and concrete blocks form an unsightly barrier between the run and the river.
The site is privately owned and a fence and gate block land access. It can only be reached by boat--see comments below.
- Before land access was blocked, the site was used frequently for recreation, camping, and partying by the local population. After new owners put up the 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 drowned in the small cave. The man, who supposedly was intoxicated, was swimming in the little pool and became stuck in the short passageway between the back boulders and small cave. He was referred to as the "drowned drunk."
- On another visit, JF observed a teenage boy swim underground from the back of the spring to the pothole-size opening 35 feet further back. JF was game 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 hot day.
Bathtub is as pretty as any small spring the authors have ever seen.
- Suwannee Blue