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

Mearson Spring
Lafayette County
  • Summary of Features
    • Scale -2nd magnitude
    • Scenery -excellent
    • How Pristine? -unspoiled; steps to spring
    • Swimming -very good, excellent snorkeling
    • Protection -unknown/private
    • Crowds -some on warm weekends
    • Access -very good, boat only, make no landfall
    • Facilities   -none
    • Safety   -good
    • Scuba -yes
    • Cost -free
    Flooded in 1998
     
    Directions
    From Mayo, drive east and south on U.S. 27 about five miles. Turn leftonto CR 251 and go about two miles to where it dead-ends at a boat rampon the Suwannee River. The spring is on the right bank ½-1 miledownstream.

    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 is on the riverbank and forms a semicircular pool about50 feet in diameter. Water in the spring is clear and blue except in timesof high river flows. On dates of visit in 1997 and 1998, the spring had2-3 powerful boils from large limestone openings beneath the surface. Thedepth in the pool was only a few feet except over the vents, at which itwas about 15 feet deep. The spring is against the bank, which rises up20-25 feet around it, framing the pool.

    Use/Access

    • Rickety wooden steps lead down to the water.
    • The land around the spring is posted private property.
    • As at nearby Little River Spring, you can walk up the short, shallow runfrom the river to a ledge that drops off sharply with a cave underneath.Some big logs lie in the run.
    • From the road, the land surrounding the spring appears to be managed bythe Suwannee River Water Management District. Apparently, however, theland immediately encompassing the spring is privately owned.
    • The spring is an excellent spot for swimming and snorkeling.
    Personal Impressions

    The springs powerful flow keeps the water clear and blue even whenthe adjoining Suwannee River is higher than normal. On a visit in 1997,when the Suwannee River was about 6 feet above normal, the vent over thespring was still clear and blue.

    Nearby Springs

    • Suwannee Blue, Royal, Bathtub, Convict, Owens, Troy, Ruth, Little River,Sulfur, Shingle, Branford, Cow, Running
    Other Nearby Natural Features
    Suwannee River State Park
    Itchetucknee River State Park
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