|Summary of Features|
For maps, latitude/longitude data, driving directions, satelliteimagery, and topographic representations as well as weather conditionsat this spring, go to Greg Johnson's informative "Florida Springs Database"web site at the following address: http://www.ThisWaytothe.Net/springs/floridasprings.htm#Florida
The spring forms a circular pool with outlets on the west and southsides. Land circles around the spring pool, which is about
75 feet wide. The main pool could not be entered because it wasfilled with a fallen tree and exotic vegetation—elodea or
hydrilla or both. At the southwest end of the pool is a smallvent (2-3 feet in diameter) with a clear flow. There is a mild boil
over the vent. On dates of visit in 2000, there was a plank footbridgenext to the vent that provided a view. The opening
appeared to be about 6 feet deep. The area around the spring,which opens directly into the river at the east end of Rum Island
can be swampy, full of poison ivy, and infested with fire ants.
On a visit in June 2002, the main pool was mostly clear and appearedto have another flow point in the center of the pool. No
boil was visible, however, and canoe access to the spring was stillbolcked by the fallen tree.
The site may be reached by land or water. Canoe access can bedifficult due to exotic plants that choke the entrance. Land
access can be hindered by water when the river is high, and plaguedby fire ants in times of low water. There is no apparent
human use of the site. A pile of 10-15 apple snail shells suggesteda limkin had eaten there.
The authors startled a 5-foot gator at the south entrance of the springpool near the vent on a visit in 2000. They did not see
the gator until they nearly canoed into it. It lurched and hissed,and the authors backed off (after taking a photograph). In June
2002, JF again startled a gator and himself--probably the same gator--about200 feet away in the duckweed and hydrilla fringing Rum Island.
Hundreds of people go right by this little spring each day withoutknowing it is ther e. It is worth seeing to say you have seen it, but watchout for dangerous flora and fauna. There might be another vent in the mainpool that could be visibl e in the winter when the plants die back.
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