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

Mattair Spring
Suwannee County

Summary of Features

Scale--3rd magnitude 
Scenery--excellent 
How Pristine?--very pristine 
Swimming--o 
Protection--excellent 
Wildlife--excellent 
Crowds--none 
Access--good--requires walking a mile 
Facilities--none 
Safety--good 
Scuba--no 
Cost--free

Directions
From Live Oak, drive north on U.S. 129 for 6-7 miles. Turn right onto County Road 136A. Turn on 85th Road, then right onto 75th Road to the entrance. Drive until the road ends and then follow the path upriver along the river about a mile to the spring. Web link and map: www.srwmd.state.fl.us/index.aspx?nid=166

Spring Description
When visited in fall 1999a time of prolonged dry weather and low water level in the Suwannee River, the spring was dry. When flowing, it is a small upwelling from exposed limestone in a grotto with a short run to the Suwannee River. The water has a sulfurous odor.

Use/Access
The land is protected by the Suwannee River Water Management District(SRWMD), is open to the public, and offers camping, swimming, and boating.

Personal Impressions

RB could not figure out why he could not find the spring when it was marked clearly on a SRWMD map. It was not until he and JF found another dry spring that he realized the depression he had seen earlier was likely Mattair.

Nearby Springs

White (or White Sulfur) Springs
Iron (or Wesson's Iron) Spring
Bell Spring
Suwannee Springs
Louisa Spring

Other Nearby Natural Features

Big Shoals
Little Shoals

Contact Information
Suwannee River Water Management District
9225 CR49
Live Oak, FL 32060
800-226-1066