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

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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

Directions

Map

From Mayo, drive east and south on U.S. 27 about five miles. Turn left onto CR 251 and go about two miles to where it dead-ends at a boat ramp on the Suwannee River. The spring is on the right bank ½-1 mile downstream.

Spring Description

The spring is on the riverbank and forms a semicircular pool about 50 feet in diameter. Water in the spring is clear and blue except in times of high river flows. On dates of visit in 1997 and 1998, the spring had 2-3 powerful boils from large limestone openings beneath the surface. The depth in the pool was only a few feet except over the vents, at which it was about 15 feet deep. The spring is against the bank, which rises up 20-25 feet around it, framing the pool.

Use/Access

Personal Impressions

The spring's powerful flow keeps the water clear and blue even when the 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 the spring was still clear and blue.

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