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

GIL1012971 Spring
Columbia County
Summary of Features
  • Scale - 2nd magnitude
  • Scenery - excellent
  • How Pristine? - completely pristine
  • Swimming - poor
  • Protection - excellent
  • Crowds - none
  • Access - water only
  • Facilities - none
  • Safety - very good
  • Scuba - unknown
  • Cost - free

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Directions

From Ft. White, drive south on State Road 47 about five miles to thebridge over the Santa Fe River. Approximately ½ mile upriver fromthe boat ramp, on the SW side. The spring is almost immediately upstreamof GIL1012972 and GIL 1012973 and about 2 minutes’ paddle upstream of Myrtle’sFissure.

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

Spring Description
The spring forms a circular pool that was about 100 feet in diameteron dates of visit in fall 2000. The water was clear and dark, but the generaldepth appeared to be about 6 feet. The bottom was dark, but the pool slopedoff to deeper water in the SW end. No boil was visible on dates of visit,but the run was clearly flowing into the Santa Fe River, indicating a spring.

Hornsby & Ceryak state the depth of the vent as 26 feet (1998, p.46). The east end of the spring had a dry creek bed that apparently flowsinto the spring. The spring has a run that is about 35 feet wide and 50feet long. The land around the spring is thick, floodplain forest, anda barred owl was heard and observed on both dates of visit in 2000.

Use/Access

Personal Impressions

The spring is attractive and in an undisturbed setting.

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Other Nearby Natural FeaturesContact Information
Suwannee River Water Management District
9225 CR49
Live Oak, FL 32060
800-226-1066