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

 47 Boatramp Spring(GIL1012974)
Gilchrist County
Summary of Features
  • Scale - 2nd magnitude
  • Scenery - fair
  • How Pristine? - adjacent to boat ramp and highway bridge
  • Swimming - fair-good
  • Protection - fair
  • Crowds - heavy on warm weekends
  • Access - excellent
  • Facilities - good
  • Safety - good to fair
  • Scuba - yes
  • Cost - free

From Ft. White, drive south on State Road 47 about five miles to thebridge over the Santa Fe River. The spring is just a few feet downstreamof the apron of the boat ramp on the SE side of the bridge.

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 lies in the river and flows from one or more limestone openingsthat are 10-15 feet deep at times of low-normal river heights. The flowcreates visible, overlapping boils on the surface. Water flowing from thespring is clear, but the apparent clarity at the surface is affected bythe clarity of the Santa Fe River.

Used for wading, some swimming, and rinsing off.  Most users ofthe boat ramp a few feet away do not notice the spring is there.

Personal Impressions
The convenience of this spring cannot be surpassed. One may literallystand on the edge of the boat ramp and jump into the spring boil. It isan excellent place and way to clean off at the end of a long paddle, orto cool off at the beginning of one.

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