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

GIL101971 Spring
Gilchrist County
Summary of Features
  • Scale - 4th magnitude
  • Scale - 3rd Magnitude
  • Scenery - excellent
  • How Pristine? - completely pristine
  • Swimming - no
  • Protection - unknown
  • Crowds - none
  • Access - arduous
  • Facilities - none
  • Safety - fair to good
  • Scuba - no
  • Cost - free
  • Directions

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Quick Directions
Located at the head of a run of unknown distance that empties intothe Santa Fe River across from Rum Island. From High Springs, drive NWon US 27/SR20 about four miles. Turn left (west) onto State Road 138 anddrive about two miles to turnoff to the left (south) at sign for Rum Island.Follow dirt road about 1.5 miles to river. Put boat into the river andcircle around Rum Island and look for two inlets at the eastern (upriver)end of the island.

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 authors paddled part of the way into the run for this spring, butafter going approximately 100 yards were forced to turn back because ofgathering darkness and obstructions in the run. The run continued backSE out of sight. Exiting the run, the authors saw another run enteringthe river and speculated that both runs emanated from the same spring.The run was clear, about 25 feet wide, and a few feet deep.

Use/Access
Access only by small boat. Although the Rum Island area a few yardsaway was very crowded and congested, these two runs had no traffic on dateof visit (Summer, 2000). Hornsby & Ceryak identify the spring and measureits flow and parameters (1998, p. 51) but neither describe the vent norhave a photograph of the spring itself, suggesting they did not reach thespring either.

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