|Summary of Features
Scenery - fair to excellent
How Pristine? - adjacent to mall and near highway, but spring pretty pristine
Swimming - no
Protection - excellent
Crowds - none
Access - none at time of publication; site in process of development as a state park
The spring is directly behind the south end of Gulfview Square Mall in Port Richey. From U.S. 19, turn west onto Salt Springs Road at the south end of the mall. Drive to the back of the mall and continued on the road which becomes sandy and passes alongside the mall’s holding pond to the right (north). The spring pond will become visible through shrubs and grass to the left (south). Across from the west corner of the mall holding pond, look for and proceed down a path 200 yards to the spring run and spring.
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 at the following address: http://www.ThisWaytothe.Net/springs/floridasprings.htm#Florida
The spring forms an oval-shaped pond behind it with dimensions of about 200 by 300 feet. Water flows from an indeterminate spot at the western end of the pond, either at the head of the pond or just before a constriction that flows an S-shaped run about 100 feet wide and 10-25 feet across. Water flows strongly in the short run, which is surrounded by shrubs and trees. While water in the lake is dark, the run is lighter and has some green color although it is not very clear. The run narrows and flows over a dirt/limestone road into an estuary/bayou system and thence into the Gulf of Mexico. Just below the spot where the run crosses the road is another vent in very shallow water.
Wetterhall and Rosenau (citing Wetterhall) describe two limestone bridges under which water flows. One of the bridges is likely the road over (and under as well?) which the spring flowed on date of visit in May 2001. JF did not see any spot where the run went underground, but there was also a second spot in which the water became very shallow and he was able to wade across. The locations of these two shallow spots correspond roughly to the Wetterhall descriptions:
- On March 16, 2001, Salt Spring was dedicated as Florida’s newest state park and named Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park. The spring area was not yet open to the public in May 2001. When fully opened, the site will offer trails, restrooms, a picnic pavilion, and wheel-chair accessible parking. The spring is not very suitable for swimming.
- Donations of land by the Werner, Boyce, and Pines families as well as purchases by the State of Florida made state acquisition of the spring and surrounding land possible.
- The site appears to have been a longtime local hangout and is criss-crossed with old paths and dirt roads.
Salt Springs State Park is now the 13th spring park in the state system. It acquisition is a happy testament to the efforts of citizens and local and state officials and their recognition of the value and fragility of this unique Florida feature.
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- Lithia Spring
- Espiritu Santo Springs
- Indian Spring
- Phillipe Spring
- Wall Spring
- Crystal Springs
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Fort DeSoto Park
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