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

Lumbercamp Spring
Gilchrist County

Summary of Features
  • Scale -3rd magnitude (estimated) 
  • Scenery - fair-good 
  • How Pristine? - development around run on one side, exotic plants in run 
  • Swimming - no

  • Protection - unknown
    Crowds - none
    Access - moderately difficult - must walk up muddy run
    Facilities - none
    Safety - fair-good
    Scuba - no
    Cost - free 

Reverse angle of spring pool
Main vent
Directions
From the intersection of U.S. 19/98 and State Road 26 in Fanning Springs,go east on SR 26 about one mile to intersection with Highway 232. Turn left (north) on 232 and go 5-6 miles.  Road becomes dirt duringthis stretch.  Turn left (west) onto SW 25th Street and follow signsto public boat ramp.  At ramp, put canoe in and go upriver ¼mile to mouth of combined spring runs for Sun and Lumbercamp Springs. After about 150 feet, paddle (or walk if water levels are low) into leftfork and proceed another 275 feet to spring.

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 forms a circular pool that was about 35 feet wide on dateof visit in February 2002.  Water in the pool was 1-3 feet deep, andthe entire pool was covered in hydrilla with the exception of the two visibleflow points.  The main flow appeared to be from the back, left bank. Another vent was in the bottom of the pool toward the back and produceda mild boil.  Sand was visible at this spot, but not a vent. The banks were muddy, and the spring pool is canopied by trees.  Adriveway passes by the spring on top of the bank (about 9 feet above thespring).

The run is 25 feet wide, only a few inches deep, and also matted withexotic vegetation.  Several ibis were wading in the run on date ofvisit, and thousands of snail shells littered the banks of the run.

Use/Access
There is no apparent human use of the spring or its run.  On dateof visit, it was too shallow to navigate.  The authors had to walkup its run.

Local Springiana
The authors had never seen a published photograph of this spring.

Personal Impressions
The spring and its run are drastically marred by exotic vegetationand would otherwise be very attractive.

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