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

COL1012971 Spring
Columbia County
Summary of Features
  • Scale - 2nd magnitude
  • Scenery - excellent
  • How Pristine? - completely pristine
  • Swimming - unknown
  • Protection - unknown/private
  • Crowds - none
  • Access - good/canoe only
  • Facilities - none
  • Safety - unknown
  • Scuba - unknown
  • Cost - free



From Ft. White, drive south on State Road 47 about five miles to thebridge over the Santa Fe River. The spring is approximately 2/3 mile upriverfrom the boat ramp, on the northeast side. The spring is about 0.3 milesupstream of Myrtle’s Fissure. Look for a small opening in the bank on theright, and a larger opening about 60 feet further downstream. Both entranceslead to the spring.

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 is oval and flows from a limestone opening—probably a fissure—atthe bottom of a limestone bank that is perpendicular to the river. Thearea over the fissure is about 20 feet long and 6 feet wide. The springforms a pool that, on dates of visit in 2000, had exposed limestone atthe surface on the downstream side and narrow (4-5 feet) channel/run ofabout 45 feet. This channel/run emptied into a circular pool about 40 feetin diameter on the bank of the Santa Fe River. The spring and pool forma small peninsula.

Cypress and other trees surround the spring, which is only a few feetfrom the river on the other side of the bank. Limestone banks rise inlandfrom the spring, and there is a boat ramp leading into the large circularpool just downriver of the spring and connected to the spring run. In timesof normal or high water, there appears to be a small channel running northor inland from the spring; this channel dries up in times of drought andlow water.


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