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

Oasis Spring
Gilchrist County

Summary of Features
  • Scale - 3rd magnitude
  • Scenery - fair-good
  • How Pristine? - dredging behind spring, boat ramp next to spring, landcleared, erosion
  • Swimming - good
  • Protection - unknown
  • Crowds - some on warm weekends
  • Access - good, boat and by land with authorization
  • Facilities - private dock adjacent to spring
  • Safety - very good
  • Scuba - no
  • Cost - free

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Quick Directions
At Oasis boat ramp, or 3 miles below Wilson Springs boat ramp on thesouth side of the Santa Fe River.

Full Directions
From Branford, drive east/south on U.S. 27 to junction with Highway129/49. Turn south. Drive about 5 miles to Highway 138 and turn east. Drive3.4 miles to NE 2nd Way. Follow 2nd Way for 2.6 milesto dirt road on right and the boat ramp. Oasis Spring is just upriver ofand adjacent to the ramp.

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 pool is on the riverbank and is a semicircle about 40 feetin diameter. Water in the spring was clear and greenish, and there wassome algae in the spring. Water flows from a limestone opening and a mildboil was present. On date of visit (January 2001), a time of historic drought,the water was very low and exposed limestone extended out of the waterat the back end of the pool. Water in the spring was 3-6 feet deep.

A channel, which may be manmade, loops behind the spring, forms a smallisland, and reenters the river upstream. On date of visit, there was noflow of spring water back into this channel due to low river levels.

Use/Access

The site appears to be used for swimming and hanging out. Under normalrain conditions, it would be deeper and more conducive to swimming andsnorkeling.

Personal Impressions
Not a bad little spring, despite the unattractive manmade "improvements"around it. The authors would like to return when the water is higher andsnorkel at the site.

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