Mill Pond Spring
Summary of Features
- Scale - 2nd magnitude
- Scenery - fine
- How Pristine? - run is beautiful, houses and docks near spring, water extracted nearby
- Swimming - private
- Protection - unknown, private
- Access - private, no access
From U.S. 90 in Marianna, go west on Highway 276, pass under Interstate10, and continue on to Highway 167. Turn left and go until you pass CountyRoad 1656. Continue on 1.1 miles to Mystery Springs Road. A gray doublewide trailer home is at the intersection. Turn left and proceed 1.4 miles ona dirt road until it and the forest on the left seem to end and there isa large "No Trespassing" sign. Turn left just before the sign onto a narrow dirt road and drive about 100 yards to the water, which is the east run of Black Spring. Proceed by boat 200-300 feet to the left (west) to thespring basin.
From Black Spring, take the west run 100 yards and go upriver about1.25 miles. Bear left (south) as the "Lake" narrows, staying with the mainflow and going against it. The "Lake" narrows from 500 feet across to 40feet and turns southerly. This narrow portion goes about 150 feet but then widens to form a large oval pool about 400 feet by 125 feet, culminating at the 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
The spring forms the headwaters of Spring Lake, the run that is subsequently fed by Springboard, Double, Black, and Gadsen (or Gadsden) Springs and flows on to the Chipola River. The authors were only able to view the spring from a distance of 300 feet, and so rely on Rosenau et al. (1977) for a precise description of the spring itself:
- Signs in the narrow portion of the run just below the spring pool statethat both the land and the stream are private property and that trespasserswill be prosecuted.
- Water is extracted from a well near the spring--700,000 gallons per day--andhauled out in trucks. The authors were told the well taps the cavefrom which water also flows out of the spring.
- The spring forms a beautiful and large pool area that provides many opportunitiesfor recreation. However, no unauthorized access is allowed.
- When the authors started to venture up the narrow run toward the main pool,a landowner came out of one of the houses to challenge them so the authorsdeparted. The authors were not aware that a navigable waterway could be declared private property, but did not choose to argue the point.
The springs and run at this site are nearly—not quite but nearly—comparable to the incomparable spring-created and -fed Ichetucknee River. Both are spring runs of great natural beauty and include several significant and large-scale springs. The difference is that the land at Spring Lake is in private hands, and the owners want to keep all this beauty and themselves. Perhaps the State of Florida or conservation organizations might have identified or worked to acquire this outstanding area years ago before it was developed and closed off, but that is now all spring water under the bridge. Alas
- Gadsen (or Gadsden) Spring
- Black SpringDouble Spring
- Springboard Spring
Other Nearby Natural Features
- Florida Caverns State Park
- Torreya State Park
- Falling Waters State Recreation Area
- Apalachicola National Forest
- Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve