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

Copyright 2001-2005, from Springs Fever, a Field and RecreationGuide to 500+ Florida Springs, by Joe Follman & Richard Buchanan.
All rights reserved.  No portion of this web site may be usedfor commercial purposes.  Home: springsfever.org

Otter Springs
Gilchrist County

  • Summary of Features
    • Scale -2nd magnitude
    • Scenery -good
    • How Pristine? -developed camping area, land cleared near spring, wallsaround one spring pool
    • Swimming -good
    • Protection -good
    • Crowds -usuall small
    • Access -for a fee

     

     

    Directions
    From Fanning Springs, drive north on SR 26 1-2 miles. At fork in Wilcox,turn north on SR 232. After about 1.5 miles, turn left (west) at big signfor Otter Springs onto SR 334. Road becomes dirt. Follow signs 2 milesto Otter Springs Campground/RV Park.

    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 creates two pools, of which only the upper pool shows evidenceof flow. The upper pool is oval and about 45 by 70 feet in diameter. Ithas two visible fissures—one about 25 feet long and the other just a fewfeet long—which appear from the surface to be 25 feet deep. Fish congregatein the limestone opening. Water in the pool is clear has been blue andgreen on dates of visit. There is a sloping bank of about 10 feet aroundthe pool, with a beach on one side, trees on another side, and clearedland on the other sides.

    The spring run flows about 150 feet into a larger pool that has a retainingwall and water that is not clear. Rosenau et al. (1977) report this poolto be 10 feet deep (p. 125). The spring run meanders 4,000 feet to theSuwannee River. The authors have not been in the run.

    Use/Access

    • For a number of years, the spring and the area around it was a full-facilitiescampground with 200 tent and RV sites, cabins, a camp store, concessionstands, an RV park, and recreation facilities.  One could swim orscuba at the spring. In 2000, the facility was closed, and news reportstold of a plan to sell water from the spring to a bottling company. The site was subsequently sold to another buyer in 2003, and reopened tothe public for RVs, camping, fishing, swimming and diving in June 2005.
    • There is a cavern associated with Otter Springs.
    Local Springiana
    There have been fatalities in the spring caverns by divers who stirredup silt on the bottom and became disoriented.

    Personal Impressions
    The spring is moderately attractive, but it is teeming with fish andfun to dive.

    Nearby Springs
    Lumbercamp Spring, Turtle Spring, Fletcher Spring, Guaranto Spring,Pothole (or Glisson) Spring, Rock Bluff Spring, Hart Springs, McCrabb Spring,Copper Spring, Little Copper Spring, Fanning Springs, Sun Spring, IronSprings, DIX95971, Rock Sink Spring

    Other Nearby Natural Features
    Ichetucknee Springs State Park
    O’Leno State Park
    San Felasco Hammock State Preserve
    Fanning Springs State Recreation Area
    River Rise State Preserve
    Manatee Springs State Park
    Hart Springs County Park

    For More Information:
    Gelema Betz-Jackson
    (352) 463-0800
    www.ottersprings.com