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

Gemini Springs
Volusia County
  • Summary of Features
    • Scale -combined 1st magnitude
    • Scenery -fine
    • How Pristine? -park setting with paths and swim area
    • Swimming -very good
    • Protection -excellent
    • Crowds -can be heavy on warm weekends
    • Access -excellent
    • Facilities -fine
    • Safety -fine
    • Scuba -no
    • Cost -$3 per person
    Directions
    From Interstate 4, take Enterprise Road exit at DeBary. Go west on Enterprise Road a short distance (mile or two?) to the entrance to Gemini Springs Park.

    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 at the following address:  http://www.ThisWaytothe.Net/springs/floridasprings.htm#Florida

    Spring Description
    Gemini Springs consists of three springs within a short distance (about 120 feet) of each other on the north rim of Lake Monroe
    in SW Volusia County. The springs have similar characteristics—all form circular or semicircular pools at the base of banks
    (limestone, clay, and dirt) 6-10 feet high. Land continues to rise from the spring banks to the park’s parking area. The pools
    range in diameter from 6-15 feet. All have clear and bluish if somewhat dark water, with brownish algae on the bottom and
    leaves or pollen-like material on the surface. The smallest spring has a strong boil, and the larger springs have mild slicks on the
    surface. The two larger springs appeared to be about 10 feet deep, but the depth of the small spring could not be determined
    visually. Land around the springs is lush and semitropical terrain of hardwoods and palmettos.

    The springs are in a line, and their three runs join and flow eastward a short distance (only about 20 feet from where the three
    runs combine) to a manmade swim area/reservoir with dimensions of 100 by 150 yards in diameter on the edge of Lake
    Monroe. Water flows over a weir/waterfall into Lake Monroe.

    According to Rosenau et al. (1977, pp. 396-7), the small spring was originally just a seep that was deepened by a well 100
    feet deep. Hydrostatic pressure caused the well to flow, creating what looks like a natural spring today. All three springs have
    relatively high salt content.

    Use/Access

  • Gemini springs are in a park that offers trails, swimming (not in the springs), picnic and play areas, and restrooms.
  • Boardwalks and sidewalks loop among the springs, offering fine views. One may also walk out onto the top of the outer reservoir wall and view the waterfall. And the mouth of the spring’ combined run.
  • Local Springiana

    For many years, Gemini springs was privately owned and used by livestock and for recreation by the landowners only. There is now little evidence of the former use of the site.

    Personal Impressions

    The park is a nice recreational and "spring-watching" site and is well worth a visit. The springs are attractive and in a natural state. The boardwalks provide nice viewing. Gemini is only about 5 minutes off the Interstate.

    Nearby Springs

    Apopka Spring, Blue Spring, Camp La No Che Spring, Clifton Spring, Health Spring, Messant Spring, Miami Spring, Palm Spring, Rock Spring, Sanlando Spring, Starbuck Spring, Wekiwa Spring

    Other Nearby Natural Features

  • Wekiwa Springs State Park
  • Rock Springs Run State Preserve
  • Blue Spring State Park
  • Hontoon Island State Park
  • Ocala National Forest