|Summary of Features
From U.S. 19 in Homosassa, turn west onto Highway 490 (Halls River Road). After about ½ mile, turn left onto Fish Bowl Road. Go about 1 mile, passing entrance to Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park, continuing over a spring run on a small bridge. 100 yards after the bridge, turn left onto Spring Cove Road. The spring is on the left, adjacent to a small building/pumphouse, at 9299 Spring Cove Road.
The spring is in a low spot in a deep subtropical forest area that is mostly developed for residential housing. The spring is 15-20 feet in diameter and surrounded on three sides by a low concrete retaining wall that forms it into a ¾ s quare. Water flows strongly from at least two points from crevices between exposed limestone rocks/boulders. There is algae on the limestone, and the water is 1-2 feet deep, clear, and has a sulfur odor.
The spring forms a run slightly wider than the spring that flows under Fish Bowl Road and into the Homosassa River. The run is joined by the flow of Echo Spring nearby. The spring is canopied by hardwood trees, and there is a small structure immediately adjacent to the spring that appears to be a building for pumping water.
Rosenau et al., refer to this spring and nearby Echo (perhaps Trotter or McClain or Abdoney?) Spring as the Southeast Fork of Homosassa Springs (1977, p. 84). The average combined flow of this spring and Echo (perhaps Trotter or McClain or Abdoney?) was 69.1 cubic feet per second, or about 45 million gallons per day.
- The building next to the spring looks like a pumphouse, although JF did not hear the sound of pumping on date of visit in April 2001. The spring is in a neighborhood, and homeowners with houses along the run use it to access the Homosassa River. The water is probably too shallow at the springhead to support a boat, but the run is deeper and supplemented with the flow from Echo Spring nearby.
- There is a chain-link fence in front of the building and spring, but the fence is not locked and the site is not posted.
The spring is attractive and worth a visit.
- Homosassa Spring
- Echo (perhaps Trotter or McClain or Abdoney?) Spring
- Bluebird Spring
- Crystal River/King’s Bay Springs Group
- Chassahowitzka Springs Group
- Rainbow Springs Group
Rainbow Springs State Park
Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge
Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge
Withlacoochie State Forest