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

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Unnamed Possible Chipola Spring Runs (5)
Jackson County
 
Summary of Features
  • Scale—Dry to 3rd magnitude, est. 
  • Scenery—Very good to excellent 
  • How Pristine?—Mostly undisturbed, near developed land 
  • Swimming—No 
  • Protection—Unknown 
  • Crowds—None 
  • Access—Very good, by boat only 
  • Facilities—None 
  • Safety—Very good 
  • Scuba—No 
  • Cost—Free 
                                                                                                                                                            Possible Spring Run #3
 
 
                                                #2                                            #4                                           #4                             Gator Nearby--5 feet

Directions
Accessible via small 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 7 miles.  Look for openingsin the west bank of the Chipola River over the course of about 1/2 mileat the foll owin g GPS coordinates:

#1--N30.44.427; W85.12.778
#2--N30.44.353; W85.12.822
#3--N30.44.353; W85.12.840
#4--N30.44.383; W85.12.822
#5--N30.4 4.383; W85.12.804

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
The authors passed and/or partially explored several sites where waterwas flowing into the river from creeks on the west side.  None hada large flow, but all were flowing in early March 2004.  When revisitedin late March 2004, one run was dry and two others only had a trickle offlow.  Some were explored up to 400 feet, but no spring vents wereseen and so the authors do not know the source of the flows.  It appearsthat the flows regulary dry up before reaching the river or perhaps donot flow at all at some times, so the flow may or may not be from springs. Some details follow:

#1  A small opening in the west bank--perhaps 18" wide--with onlya trickle of water.  This run wound westward from the river and wasnot explored.  There is a large cypress stump at the opening in theriverbank, and there was a sandbar jutting about 10 feet into the river.

#2  Another small opening in the west bank, which was dry on dateof visit in late March 2004.

#3  This run/creek enters the Chipola from the west side, carvingan opening in the 6-foot bank.  At its mouth, the run was 2-3 feetwide and a couple of inches deep and was clear and odorless in early March2004.  The flow was reduced to a trickle 3 weeks later.  Theauthors walked up the run a distance of about 100 feet to where the runexited from a thicket, and decided not to follow it any further.

#4  This run/creek also enters the Chipola from the west side,creating a run that is about 2 feet side and 3 inches deep.  The runwidens near the river, and was about 4 feet wide and 1 foot deep at itsmouth in early March 2004, and about half those dimensions 3 weeks later. JF walked up/alongside the run for a distance of about 400 feet, to a pointwhere it passes beneath an old, small, collapsed railroad trestle. Just above the trestle is a small beaver dam, and the run continued onup out of sight.  Water was somewhat backed up by the lodge, and therun widened and deepened due to the backup caused by the dam.  Theflow point was not found.  The land adjacent to/downriver from thisrun to the south was cleared for several acres and had a picnic shelter/house/cookshack on it with a no trespass sign.

#5  This run/creek mouth was a few minutes’ paddle below #4 andalso on the west bank.  The mouth of the run was about 10 feet wide,and the run was wide and deep enough to ascend it in a canoe for a distanceof about 300 feet in early March 2004, and only about half that far 3 weekslater.  As with run #4, the authors could not go beyond a railroadtrestle or determine how far back the spring originated.  This sitehad no sign of development other than the decaying railroad line. This creek/run was not photographed.

Use/Access
There is no apparent use of any of these creeks/runs.  The oldrailroad line is in a very decayed and decrepit condition—the ties andtrestle were completely collapsed, leaving only the rails spanning thegap (about 10 feet) over run #4.  Nearby, the authors saw a well-fedalligator basking on the east bank.  The ‘gator was about 5 feet long,and allowed the authors’ to approach to within about 50 feet before retreatinginto the river.

Nearby Springs

Other Nearby Natural Features
Florida Caverns State Park
Three Rivers State Park
Falling Water State Park
Torreya State Park
Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve