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

Siphon Creek Rise Spring (GIL1012973)
Gilchrist County
Summary of Features
  • Scale - 1st magnitude
  • Scenery - fine
  • How Pristine? - completely pristine
  • Swimming - fair-good
  • Protection - excellent
  • Crowds - none
  • Access - good/boat only
  • Facilities - none
  • Safety - good
  • Scuba - yes
  • Cost - free
Directions

From Ft. White, drive south on State Road 47 about five miles to thebridge over the Santa Fe River.  From the boat ramp, paddle upstream½ mile.  A channel on the right (south) side just before Myrtle’sFissure is one end of an island about 100 yards long.  The springis at the other, upriver end (mouth) of the island where the channel aroundthe island meets the river.  The spring is a few feet from the limestonebank where the river and channel meet.

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 has a powerful flow and two large boils on the surface. As noted above in the directions, the spring is just off the bank and flowsfrom a limestone opening about 12 feet deep on date of visit in January2001.  A limestone shelf and ledge is visible, and water is flowingout from beneath it.  The water was fairly clear, but the authorsviewed the spring on the evenings of visit (Sept. and Dec. 2000) and thelow light did not allow them to see the bottom or the vent.  Landaround the river is dense floodplain forest with hardwoods.  The limestonebank is sheer and about four feet above the river/spring.  The springflows primarily into the river, but alsoto the south around the adjacentisland.

Use/Access

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Suwannee River Water Management District
9225 CR49
Live Oak, FL 32060
800-226-1066