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

COL1012972 Spring
Columbia County
Summary of Features
  • Scale - 2nd magnitude
  • Scenery - excellent
  • How Pristine? - completely pristine
  • Swimming - poor
  • Protection - unknown/private
  • Crowds - none
  • Access - water only
  • Facilities - none
  • Safety - very good
  • Scuba - yes
  • Cost - free

From Ft. White, drive south on State Road 47 about five miles to thebridge over the Santa Fe River. Approximately ½ mile upriver fromthe boat ramp, on the northeast side. The spring is a few minutes downstreamof COL1012971 and about 2 minutesí paddle upstream of Myrtleís Fissure.The spring is also directly across from the head of a small island andGIL1012973, a large first-magnitude spring in the riverbed at the headof the island.

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 a narrow fissure, akin to several other such springsalong the Santa Fe River (e.g., Myrtleís Fissure, Little Devil, Allen).The spring is perhaps 60 feet long and 6 feet across at the top of thelimestone opening, which is against the limestone bank. Water in the springwas clear and dark blue at dusk on date of visit (summer 2000), and a boilwas visible. Hornsby & Ceryak describe the fissure as 70 feet longand 47 feet deep (1998, p. 31). The spring pool is triangular, with thefissure perpendicular to the river and forming a 200-foot run that is parallelto the river and flowing in the same direction. The run is 10-20 feet wideand several feet deep. The land around the spring is thick, mature, floodplainforest.


Personal Impressions

The spring is very attractive and in an undisturbed setting. The runcan be missed easily by boats traveling downriver but is easier to spotwhen going upriver.

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