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

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GIL99972 or Mella Spring
Gilchrist County

Summary of Features
  • Scale - 3rd magnitude (est.)
  • Scale - 3rd magnitude
  • Scenery - fine
  • How Pristine? - house above spring, undergrowth cleared above spring
  • Swimming - good, fine snorkeling
  • Protection - unknown
  • Access - adjacent land is private; make no landfall
  • Facilities - none
  • Safety - unknown
  • Scuba - no
  • Cost - free

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Quick Directions
On the Santa Fe River about ¼ mile below where it is joinedby the Ichetucknee River on the south side.

Full Directions
From Branford, drive east/south on U.S. 27 to junction with Highway129/49. Turn south. Drive about 5 miles to Highway 138 and turn east. Drive3.4 miles to NE 2nd Way.  Follow 2nd Way for2.6 miles to dirt road on right and the boat ramp on the Santa Fe River. Paddle approx. four miles to where Ichetucknee River joins the Santa Fe. The spring is about ¼ mile below the confluence on the left (south)side at the back yard of a house.

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 is adjacent to the riverbank and forms a small pool of irregularshape and two sections amid exposed limestone. On date of visit, a timeof historic drought (January 2001), the pool was much reduced and onlyabout 12 by 20 feet in diameter. Water flows from an eight-foot-deep limestoneopening in the back (SW) end of the pool. The water was very clear andblue on the date of visit.

Land around the pool has been partially cleared and serves as the yardfor the owners of a house on the property. There is a mature cypress treein the center of the spring on the east side; its diameter is 3-4 feet.

Use/Access

Personal Impressions
The spring is very lovely and appealing.

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