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

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Independence Spring
Citrus County

Summary of Features

Scale—4th magnitude (est.) 
Scenery—fair 
How Pristine?—concrete retaining wall, in urban park next to highway and police station 
Swimming—no 
Protection—poor 
Crowds—popular picnic/gathering area 
Access—excellent 
Facilities—good 
Safety—outstanding (next to police station) 
Scuba—no 
Cost—free 

Photo shows western end of spring pool and mouth of run


Eastern end of spring pool

Directions (address: 123 US 19, Crystal River, FL 34428)
Next to police station in the town of Crystal River along U.S. 19. Google Maps link: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Crystal+River+Sub-Station/@28.9002309,-82.5948985,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x9f669b06640fb0a0!8m2!3d28.9002309!4d-82.5948985

Spring Description
The spring forms an oval pool that is about 80 by 40 feet in diameter. A concrete retaining wall surrounds the pool and comes up above the water from 2-4 feet, depending on the tide in nearby King’s Bay. At the south end of the pool, the spring run exits beneath a small arching footbridge, flows under U.S. 19, and eventually empties into King’s Bay. Water in the pool is clear and appears to be 2-4 feet deep. However, the pool is filled with exotic vegetation (appears to be elodea or hydrilla, and the location of the vent or vents could not be determined. Land on the west side of the pool is a park area with large oak trees and picnic areas. The police station and parking lot is on the east side, and highway 19 is to the south.

Use/Access
There is no use of the pool itself. The adjacent park is used for picnics, walking, and hanging out.

Local Springiana
Located as it is next to the Crystal River Police Station, Independence Spring is without doubt the safest spring to visit in Florida, albeit nothing like the most attractive.

Personal Impressions
The exotic plants could be removed from the spring with relative ease, making it much more attractive than it currently is.

Nearby Springs

Other Crystal River/King’s Bay Springs (Artesian, Catfish, Gator [or Gator Hole], Grand Canyon, Hunter, Idiot’s Delight, Jurassic, King’s, Little Hidden, Mullet’s Gullet, Three Sisters, Unnamed Banana Island Springs, Unnamed Spring Boils)
Homosassa Springs Group
Chassahowitzka Springs Group
Rainbow Springs Group

Other Nearby Natural Features
Rainbow Springs State Park
Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge
Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge
Withlacoochie State Forest