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

Ellaville Spring

Suwannee County

Summary of Features

  • Scale -1st magnitude
  • Scenery -excellent
  • How Pristine? -platform and walkway around spring, house on one side, landcleared behind spring
  • Swimming -excellent; outstanding snorkeling
  • Protection -excellent
  • Crowds -heavy on warm days
  • Access -outstanding
  • Facilities -fine
  • Safety -excellent
  • Scuba -yes
  • Cost -$1 per person

Quick Directions

Just past and behind the agriculture weigh station where U.S. 90 crosses the Suwannee River, about 50 feet from the railroad trestle on the east bank. Just outside of the entrance to Suwannee River State Park at 3631 201st Path, Live Oak, FL 32060, (386) 362-2746; website--https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Suwannee-River)

Full Directions

From Interstate 10 exit #262 travel north four miles on County Road 255 to town of Lee and turn right (east) on U.S. 90. Drive about 11 miles and cross the Suwannee River. The turnoff to Ellaville Spring is right after you cross the Suwannee. Turn left on the dirt road that cuts sharply behind the agricultural inspection station on the north side of Highway 90. Turn left on a dirt/grass path just before the railroad tracks and drive about 150 feet toward the river. The spring is 75 feet on the left.

Spring Description

Water flows out of a tube-like cave system, forms two small pools, and then tumbles powerfully into the Suwannee River through massive limestone boulders. The first pool is only a few feet in diameter and is the site of the vent, which cannot be seen clearly in the shade despite the clear water. The second pool is larger--about 8 by 15 feet--and about 6 feet deep.Limestone boulders line and sit in the 35-foot run to the river. Scubadivers JF met at the site said there was a narrow vertical shaft--at least 125 feet deep--that they had just dived. The site is completely canopied, and algae grows on the limestone.

Use/Access

Personal Impressions

With its huge boulders, waterfall, swirling pools, and clear dark waters, Ellaville is visually striking. The impression is increased by the mundane surroundings in which it is located.

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