|Summary of Features|
1-2 houses past the unnamed possible spring above, 20 minutes’paddle upriver on the Santa Fe from private boat ramp at Oasis Spring or2-3 miles below boat ramp at Wilson Spring.
From U.S. 27 in Ft. White, take Wilson Springs Road west about 4 milesto the spring and boat ramp on the Santa Fe River. Go downriver on theSanta Fe 2-3 miles, past 2 sets of small shoals and a hairpin turn. Thespring is on the north (right) side of the river in a neighborhood afterthe dramatic river turn and 1-2 houses after the unnamed possible springdescribed above. To get to the Oasis boat ramp: From Branford, drive east/southon U.S. 27 to junction with Highway 129/49. Turn south. Drive about 5 milesto Highway 138 and turn east. Drive 3.4 miles to NE 2nd Way.Follow 2nd Way for 2.6 miles to dirt road on right and the boatramp.
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
The spring is just off the river (the center of the pool perhaps 75feet from the river) and forms an oval pool that is about 35 by 45 feetin diameter. Water in the pool was clear and shallow, and a mild boil wasvisible. The water had a green tint on date of visit (January 2001). Novent was visible, however, due to vegetation in the pool. The spring isset in a depression with banks rising around it on all sides and land slopingupward to a house on the north side. Much of the land around the springhas been cleared and is grassy.
The banks of the pool are shored with sandbags, and the mouth of therun is narrowed and partly dammed with sandbags and rocks. Water tumblesfrom the mouth of the pool into the river 25 feet away. On date of visit,the run was only a few inches deep.
- Private property—no access. The authors pulled their canoe to the dam andpaddled no further.
- The site may be used for swimming and fishing by the landowners.
- COL928971, Wilson Spring, GIL 99974, unnamed possible spring, Sunbeam Spring,Oasis Spring
- Ichetucknee Springs State Park
- O’Leno State Park
- River Rise State Preserve