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

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Beckton Spring
Washington County
  • Summary of Features
    • Scale - 2nd magnitude (?)
    • Scenery - good
    • How Pristine? - land cleared near spring, house and dock by spring, springhas been excavated
    • Swimming - fair to good
    • Protection - unknown
    • Crowds - some visitors on warm weekends
    • Access - good, boat only
    • Facilities - none
    • Safety - good
    • Scuba - yes
    • Cost - free

    Quick Directions
    On Holmes Creek north of Vernon.  The spring may be reached byboat upriver on Holmes Creek from Vernon, 1/4 mile downriver from the publicboat ramp at Big Pine Landing, 2-3 miles northeast of Vernon off SR 277.

    Full Directions
    The spring is about a mile downstream of Cypress Spring on the westside of Holmes Creek.  It is about 1/4 mile downriver from the publicboat ramp at Big Pine Landing mentioned in the quick directions. After the boat ramp, look for a dock, with no other docks nearby, on theeast side.  Look for two flows on the right (west) side that go intothe spring pool.

    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 pool is oval in shape and perhaps 175 feet across. Water flows into the NE end of the spring from two channels off HolmesCreek.  On date of visit in May 2002, the water in the basin was fairlyclear, and the boulders and two vents could be seen on the bottom at depthsof 20-25 feet.  The depth of the pool is now approximately 35 feet,and there is a large cavern entrance that did not exist in the past. Water flows from two opening amidst boulders and smaller limestone rocks.

    There was a mild slick on the surface above the main vent, which was2-3 feet across.  Most of the rest of the bottom was sandy with somevegetation.  There was water cabbage and water "parsley" on the surface.  The combined flow from the spring and the two channels that feed it flowabout 900’ into Holmes Creek.  According to a long-time resident,the spring is this clear or clearer about 8 months each year.  Landrises up perhaps 20 feet above the spring, and has been partially cleared.There is a house above the spring.

     Use/Access

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