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 the bridge over the Santa Fe River. Approximately ½ mile upriver fromthe boat ramp, on the northeast side. The spring is a few minutes downstream of COL1012971 and about 2 minutes' paddle upstream of Myrtle's Fissure. The spring is also directly across from the head of a small island and GIL1012973, a large first-magnitude spring in the riverbed at the head of the island.
The spring is a narrow fissure, akin to several other such springsalong the Santa Fe River (e.g., Myrtle's Fissure, Little Devil, Allen). The spring is perhaps 60 feet long and 6 feet across at the top of the limestone opening, which is against the limestone bank. Water in the spring was clear and dark blue at dusk on date of visit (summer 2000), and a boil was visible. Hornsby & Ceryak describe the fissure as 70 feet long and 47 feet deep (1998, p. 31). The spring pool is triangular, with the fissure 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 wide and several feet deep. The land around the spring is thick, mature, floodplain forest.
- Land around the spring is privately owned; access is only by canoe and no landfall can be made.
- Swimming, diving, and snorkeling are possible at the spring.
The spring is very attractive and in an undisturbed setting. The run can be missed easily by boats traveling downriver but is easier to spot when going upriver..
- Ginnie Springs group
- Sawdust Spring
- Myrtle's Fissure
- 47 Boatramp Spring (or GIL1012974)
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