|Summary of Features|
About 15 minutes downriver from the put-in at the Highway 47 bridgeon the south side of the Santa Fe River.
From Fort White, drive south on State Road 47 about five miles to bridgeover the Santa Fe River and put in at boat ramp (going downstream). Afterabout 15 minutes, look for a creek mouth on left and then another justbefore the river narrows, deepens, and makes a left turn around some housesand exposed limestone. There is another creek mouth on the left after theturn. These mouths appear to lead to the spring.
Note: these tiny runs are not to be confused with the mouth of CowCreek, which empties into the Santa Fe River above these runs and nearerthe boat ramp at the State Road 47 bridge. Traveling downriver from thebridge, one would encounter Cow Creek first, on the left, as a much fullerrun that flows south for several miles.
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
The spring is on private property, and its runs were virtually dryand not navigable the date of the authors’ visit (Jan. 2001), a time ofhistoric drought. Viewed from a distance, the spring appears to form acircular pool and three runs. The runs create a sort of semicircular islandof several acres. The land around the spring is rolling and covered inthick floodplain forest including cypress trees and cypress knees. Thereis 2-3 story house on the island overlooking the spring pool. A small bridgeconnects the house to the mainland, crossing the upstream run from thespring.
The upstream (most eastern) run had some water for about 75 feet, butno flow. The mouth of the middle run is rocky and had some mucky poolsbut no flow on date of visit. The third run downstream is about 100 yardslong. The downstream run was flowing, with water tinkling over rocks andtree roots into the Santa Fe River. The water was clear and only a fewinches deep. The runs create channels that are several feet below the surroundingland.
The spring is on private property and not accessible.
The authors were confused trying to figure out whether the runs werefrom different springs or same one, where they led, and if they were indeedall from GIL928971. The western, downstream run was the only one flowing.It is not clear whether one could canoe up the lower run to the springpool (in ti mes of normal or high water), and/or if doing so would constitutetrespassing.
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