|Summary of Features|
Accessible via boat. From the center of Marianna on U.S. 90,go north on Jefferson Street (State Road 167—the same turn as for FloridaCavern State Park) and proceed about 1.5 miles to the bridge over the ChipolaRiver. Put in and go downstream about two miles. The spring is 600feet south of the point where U.S. 90 crosses the Chipola River, on thewest side. Look for a cascade of wastewater about 125 feet west ofthe river. GPS coordinates: N30.46.24; W85.12.958
For maps, driving directions, satellite imagery, and topographicrepresentations as well as weather conditions at this spring, go to GregJohnson's informative "Florida Springs Database" web site at the followingaddress: http://www.ThisWaytothe.Net/springs/floridasprings.htm#Florida
Water flows from a couple of openings at the base of a limestone wall/bluff(about 8 feet high). The small flows combine to form a tiny creekthat runs about 125 feet to the Chipola River. The water from thespring was clear. Water from the spring is joined with water froman outflow pipe 40 feet to the south. This outflow (perhaps 15 gallonsper second?) was bright green on dates of visit (March 2004) and smelledlike sewage. Water cascaded from the outflow down the sloping landtoward the river.
Land rises perhaps another 10 feet to the west of the spring and outflowpipe to an active industrial area. Garbage, broken glass, weeds,and muck surround the spring and outflow pipe. Note: on thesecond visit in late March 2004, there was no flow from the spring at thebase of the limestone bluff. There had been no appreciable rain inthe intervening weeks.
- There is no apparent use of the spring. A large industrial complexis immediately to the west. There are "No Trespassing" signs on nearthe wastewater outflow point.
- A completely superfluous sign near the outflow pipe and at the mouth ofthe combined spring/outflow run says “Water not potable.”
- Personal Impressions
- The whole area around the spring and outflow pipe was smelly, polluted,and unappealing. JF slipped and fell partially into the outflow water,and felt that he needed to rinse off in the river immediately.
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