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

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Big Awesome Siphon/Suck
Columbia County
 
 

Summary of Features
Scale—1st magnitude in reverse
Scenery—excellent
How Pristine?—completely pristine
Swimming—no!
Protection—unknown
Crowds—none
Access—good/canoe only
Facilities—none
Safety—potentially dangerous vortex
Scuba—unknown
Cost—free

Directions
From Ft. White, drive south on State Road 47 about five miles to thebridge over the Santa Fe River.  The spring is approximately 1 mileupriver from the boat ramp, on the northeast side.  The spring isabout 0.5 miles upstream of Myrtle’s Fissure.  Look for swirling vegetationadjacent to the bank.

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

Siphon Description
The siphon is circular and 5-6 feet in diameter adjacent to the bank. Water swirls swiftly and powerfully from the Santa Fe River and down intothe aquifer.  A large clump of eel grass was spinning continuouslyin the center of the siphon.  The eel grass was formed by centrifugalforce into the shape of a cone or tornado, with a diameter of over twofeet at the top/surface, and tapering as it extended underwater. This largeclump was spinning at the rate of 1-2 revolutions per second.  Thesurface of the siphon and edge of the Santa Fe River were about 18 inchesbelow the adjacent floodplain hardwood forest on date of visit in 2002.

Another, much smaller siphon (Little Awesome), is a few yards downstreamon the same bank.

Use/Access

Nearby Springs
Ginnie Springs group, Sawdust Spring, COL1012972, COL1012971, GIL1012973,Myrtle's Fissure, GIL1012971, GIL1012972, 47 Boatramp Spring (or GIL1012974),Little Awesome Siphon/Suck

Other Nearby Natural Features
Ichetucknee Springs State Park
O’Leno State Park
San Felasco Hammock State Preserve
Devil’s Millhopper State Geologic Site
River Rise State Preserve
Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park