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

Mission/Roaring/Fig/Singing Springs
(on the Ichetucknee)

Columbia County

Summary of Features

  • Scale -2nd magnitude
  • Scenery -excellent
  • How Pristine? -very unspoiled
  • Swimming -no
  • Protection -excellent
  • Crowds -none
  • Access -restricted, only two flows are accessible and only through strenuous effort
  • Facilities -none at spring; fine nearby in state park
  • Safety -very good
  • Scuba -no
  • Cost -varies by use--see Use/Access below


From Branford, drive SE on U.S. 27 for about 10 miles. Turn north (left) at park sign onto State Road 137. Take first paved road on the right (State Road 238) to the park entrance on the right. Put in canoe at launch. The springs are on the perimeter of an island that is about 1,500 feet downstream (about a 5-minute paddle) from Blue Hole Spring on the same (left or east) side.

Spring Description


Personal Impressions

The authors' delight in finding these various springs (up to 9, depending on how they are counted) was tempered by the concern-later confirmed-that they had trespassed in a restricted area in order to do so. Roaring Spring was by far the most powerful and impressive of the springs around Fig Island.

Nearby Springs

Other Nearby Natural Features

Contact Information

Ichetucknee Springs State Park
12087 SW U.S. Highway 27
Ft. White, FL 32038
386-497-2511 (recorded information)
386-497-1216 (North Ranger Station)
386-497-2302 (South Ranger Station)