Springs Fever: A Field & Recreation Guide to 500 Florida Springs.
3rd Edition by Joe Follman and Richard Buchanan

Maintenance Spring
Sumter County

Summary of Features
  • Scale--4th magnitude 
  • Scenery--fair-good 
  • How Pristine?--adjacent to golf course and RV park, artificially enlarged 
  • Swimming--no 
  • Protection--unknown 
  • Crowds--golfers and residents walking by 
  • Safety--poor; alligators in pond 
  • Access--on private property 

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Directions (address and phone: 178 US-301, Sumterville, 33585, 352-568-2244)
In complex of Shady Brook Golf Course and RV park just east of the intersection of U.S 301 and CR 470 in Sumter County.  The spring is between two holes of the golf course and adjacent to RVs and mobile homes.  After turning off the highway, the road immediately turns left and winds back around the golf course and the RV and mobile homes.  Look for a circular pond, with woods behind it, a golf cart path along side, a utility pole next to it, and about 150 feet from a low, grassy, manmade rise/hill.  It is about 1/5 mile to the west of Belton's Millpond.

Google Maps link: www.google.com/maps/place/Shady+Brook+Golf+%26+RV+Resort/@28.7548069,-82.065509,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xb1e3f8b625edc588!8m2!3d28.7548069!4d-82.065509

Spring Description
This prosaically named spring is in a man-enlarged circular pond that is 150 feet in diameter.  Water flows from a two-foot-wide limestone opening in the south-central portion of the pool and creates a mild boil on the surface.  Some limestone and a sandy bottom are visible in this section of the pool, which appear to be 2-5 feet deep.  There was some vegetation and algae in the water on the date of visit in April 2003.  Water appears to flow through a pipe at the NW end of the pool, into the run from Belton's Millpond, and thence into Shady Creek and Lake Panasoffkee.  Land is cleared and developed for golf and residences on three sides of the spring and is flat.  A mother alligator and several baby alligators were living in the pool on date of visit.

Visiting the spring at dusk on an April weekday, JF drove right in and asked some residents about the location of the spring.  They said it was directly behind him.

Nearby Springs

Other Nearby Natural Features
Withlacoochie State Forest
Fort Cooper State Park
Rainbow Springs State Park
Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge
Lake Griffin State Recreation Area