|Summary of Features|
Shortly past GIL928971 on north side of Santa Fe River on lot pasthouse with pontoon boat.
From Fort White, drive south on State Road 47 about five miles to bridgeover the Santa Fe River and put in at boat ramp (going downstream). Afterabout 20 minutes, or shortly after passing the downstream run of GIL928971,look on north (right) side of the river for a house with a pontoon boat.The spring is about 150 feet inland from the river between two houses andbelow several other houses set further inland.
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 in a low floodplain area between houses in a riversidedevelopment. It is about 150 feet north of the river and forms a circularpool. This pool was only 9 feet in diameter on date of visit in January2001 and was murky and not flowing. The owner of the adjacent propertytold the authors that the spring did flow under normal conditions and thatthe water was clear under those conditions. The depth of the pool couldnot determined.
The area around the spring was partially cleared, but there were cypresstrees and other hardwoods on the site. The spring run is about 100 yardslong, parallel to the river, and passes under a footbridge behind 1-2 housesbefore joining the Santa Fe River. It appeared that the run would normallybe a few inches to one foot deep.
The spring and run are on private property. The authors were invitedby a landowner to see the spring. He said the development above the springwas named after the spring. The landowner said there was no general useof the spring, as it was too small for swimming and did not attract largeenough fish for fishing.
- The authors cannot find reference to this spring in any published document.In their book, A Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to the Streams of Florida.Volume 1, North Central Peninsula and Panhandle, Carter & Pearceidentify a spring they call Northbank as being "about one-half mile downstreamfrom State Road 47 on the right bank" (p. 141). Hugging the right bankand looking very carefully, the authors did not see this spring. CedarSpring is well more than ½ mile from the put-in at t he 47 bridge.Cedar Spring is also not on the bank but rather well inland. In Springsof Florida, Rosenau et al. also identify a Northbank Spring and d eclareit is "about 1 mile downstream from State Hwy 47" (p. 106)—about the siteof Cedar Spring. Rosenau et al. also note that Northbank has "numeroussmall vents" which JF and RB did not see. Northbank and Cedar Springs maybe the same spring.
In a severe drought, there was not much to see of this spring. However,it was interesting to find a spring that does not appear to have been identifiedofficially. In periods of normal water levels, the spring would likelybe very attractive if perhaps mucky.
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