|Summary of Features|
5-10 minutes’ paddle below Wilson Spring on south side of the SantaFe River under high bank just before a high dock.
From U.S. 27 in Ft. White, take Wilson Springs Road west about 4 milesto the spring and boat ramp on the Santa Fe River. Put in, cross to nearthe south side, and the look for the spring on the left after 5-10 minutesin an area of high banks.
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
The spring lies in the riverbed on the south side of the river andcreates a semicircular alcove. There are high (15 feet) and steep limestone/sandbanks above the river at this spot, and the spring forms a small alcove.There is a pronounced boil. The water was fairly clear, but the depth couldnot be determined except that it was greater than 12 feet. A few feet downstreamof the spring at the top of the bank is an overhanging wooden dock/platform.There is a cleared area across from the spring, where small boys were playingon date of visit (January 2001).
- The dock above the spring suggests there is a house above it, but no structurescan be seen from the river except the dock because of the steep banks.The site is not signposted, but the land is likely private property. Onecan get into the spring from a boat, however.
- The spring invites free-diving and scuba.
- The two boys playing across from the spring knew there was a spring atthis site, but did not know a name for it.
This spring is not described in any literature the authors have found.It is a powerfully flowing spring—surely second magnitude. Weather conditionswere too cold for diving on the date of visit, but the authors are determinedto return.
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