|Summary of Features|
Scenery - very good
How Pristine? - dock around spring
Swimming - private
Protection - unknown, private
Access - boat only
Facilities - none
Almost immediately after Lily Springs and on the same bank.
0.8 miles downstream from Poe Springs and 0.4 mile upstream of RumIsland Springs on the Gilchrist (south) side of the river. A signon a tree at the mouth of the spring says, "Pickard Spring."
Directions to ramp at Poe Springs: From High Springs, drive southon US 41/27 about one mile. Turn west (right) onto State Road 340(Poe Springs Road) and proceed about 2.5 miles to entrance to Poe SpringsCounty Park.
Directions to ramp at Rum Island: From High Springs, drive NWon US 27/SR20 about four miles. Turn left (west) onto State Road138 and drive about two miles to turnoff to the left (south) at sign forRum Island. Follow dirt road about 1.5 miles to river and ramp.
For maps, latitude/longitude data, driving directions, satelliteimagery, and topographic representations as well as weather conditionsat this spring, go to Greg Johnson's informative "Florida Springs Database"web site at the following address: http://www.ThisWaytothe.Net/springs/floridasprings.htm#Florida
The spring pool abuts the river, but is separated from it by a lineof cypress trees and a boardwalk and dock extending from the north bankto the pool. The pool is roughly circular and about 50 feet in diameter. There are two flow areas. The larger is a limestone opening severalfeet across at a depth of about 10 feet near the center of the pool andunderneath a cypress tree outfitted with a rope swing and dive platform. The other vent is similar but smaller and is in the back end of the pool. It is also about 10 feet deep, and both springs create visible boils onthe surface. A deck and boardwalk leads from the spring back throughthe floodplain and to a house.
- Pickard is no more than 100 yards downriver from Lily.
- Because the spring pool is right on the river, it is easy to spot and toenter in a canoe. However, the cypress trees encircling the spring andthe private dock form a narrow opening to the pool. When the privateowners are using the small spring pool, paddling a canoe into the springwould likely cause a collision with the swimmers and is therefore not advisable.
- Climbing onto the dock or using the rope swing are not advised. However,Rum Island is just a few minutes downriver and has a large spring basinfor swimming as well as a rope swing.
- Although the dock and land around the spring are posted, there should beno problem in canoeing into the spring to see it or swim in it when itis not occupied. Respect the signs and stay off the dock and land.
Although the pool is clearly visible from the river in an area of regularrecreational traffic, the owners were skinny-dipping during a visit byRB in 1999. When RB approached the spring and asked if he could photographit, the wife asked if RB would like her to pull herself up on the ropeswing so he could get what she prosaically termed a "butt shot." RB declined the offer. JF would not have declined it.
Another very nice little spring that w ould be fun to explore and snorkel.
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