Springs Fever: A Field & Recreation Guide to 500 Florida Springs.
2nd Edition by Joe Follman and Richard Buchanan

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Unnamed Chipola Grotto/Wastewater Spring
Jackson County
 
Summary of Features
  • Scale—4th magnitude, est. 
  • Scenery—Poor 
  • How Pristine?—Adjacent to industrial area and outflow water pipe, nearhighway, littered, foul-smelling 
  • Swimming—No 
  • Protection—Unknown 
  • Crowds—None 
  • Access—Very good, by boat only 
  • Facilities—None 
  • Safety—Fair 
  • Scuba—No 
  • Cost—Free

 
Directions
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

Spring Description
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.

Use/Access

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