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

Pumphouse Spring
Citrus County

Summary of Features
  • Scale -2nd magnitude
  • How Pristine? - next to road in residential neighborhood, adjacent to pumphouse
  • Swimming - no
  • Protection - unknown
  • Crowds - none
  • Access - on private property, but may be viewed from the
  • Facilities - none
  • Safety - excellent
  • Scuba - no
  • Cost - free 

Directions (Address: 9299 Spring Cove Road, Homosassa, FL)
From U.S. 19 in Homosassa, turn west onto Highway 490 (Halls River Road). After about 0.5 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. Google maps link: www.google.com/maps/place/9299+W+Spring+Cove+Rd,+Homosassa,+FL+34448/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x88e83fb4b1c2f00f:0x80949ceec8df4730?sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiN29Wdo93VAhVGzIMKHdouD-8Q8gEIJzAA

Spring Description
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 three-quarters square. 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.

Use/Access

Personal Impressions
The spring is attractive and worth a visit.

Nearby Springs

Other Nearby Natural Features
Rainbow Springs State Park
Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge
Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge
Withlacoochie State Forest