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

Columbia Spring
Columbia County

Summary of Features
  • Scale - 1st magnitude
  • Scenery - fine to excellent
  • How Pristine? - very pristine, near highway
  • Swimming - poor
  • Protection - unknown/private
  • Crowds - none
  • Access - very good, water only
  • Facilities - none
  • Safety - very good
  • Scuba - unknown
  • Cost - free


From downtown High Springs drive about two miles north on U.S. 41/441to bridge over the Santa Fe.  The boat ramp to the river is on theNW side of the bridge.  Put in and go downriver about ¼ mileto the spring run on the right.

For maps, latitude/longitude data, driving directions, satelliteimagery, and topographic representations as well as weather conditionsat this spring, go to Greg Johnson's informative "Florida Springs Database"web site at the following address:  http://www.ThisWaytothe.Net/springs/floridasprings.htm#Florida

Spring Description
The spring forms a semi-circular pool over 150 feet wide with a runof nearly equal width that flows about 500 feet to the Santa
Fe River.  Water was flowing strongly from the spring on dateof visit, forming a large boil area.  The water was not very clear
and may include non-filtered water from the main river as well as "spring"water.  Limestone was visible on the bottom in the
shallow areas, and some algae is evident.  The land around thespring is low, swampy, and heavily forested.  There is a house
on land above the spring to the east.

According to Carter & Pearce (1985, p. 139) a large sink in thebed of the Santa Fe River just outside of the Columbia Spring
run swallows part of the river.  The water rises again a few hundredyards downstream.


Personal Impressions
The authors suspect that, as with Treehouse Spring upriver, the waterflowing from Columbia Spring contains water from the Santa Fe River andis, in effect, another river rise.  Rosenau et al., reference testingof the water in this spring as showing it contained both river water andwater directly from the Floridan aquifer (1977, pp. 105-106).

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