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

Sandbag Spring
Jackson County
  • Summary of Features
    • Scale -2nd magnitude (estimate)
    • Scenery -very good
    • How Pristine? -framed into a swimming pool in a back yard
    • Swimming -private
    • Protection -surrounded by private property
    • Crowds -none
    • Access -private
    • Scuba -private

    Accessible via canoe put-in at boat ramp along the Chipola River off JeffersonStreet about 1.5 miles north of Marianna. From the center of town on U.S.90, turn right onto Jefferson Street and proceed to the bridge over the river.Put in and paddle downstream 0.4 miles to first house on the right. The houseis a wooden one on stilts over the river; look carefully for the spring runon the downstream side. Canoe around the house through the narrow opening—justdownstream of the overhanging porch—to the 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 thefollowing address:  http://www.ThisWaytothe.Net/springs/floridasprings.htm#Florida

    Spring Description
    Hardened sandbags surround the spring on three sides. Water flows from alimestone opening/fissure that is about 4 feet wide, 10 feet long, and taperingas it goes down to a depth of 8 feet or more.  When first visited inthe mid-1990s, the spring had a slide on the adjacent land that dumped directlyinto the are over the fissure/vent.  This slide was gone on a subsequentvisit in March 2004. The spring is about the size of a small backyard pool—about8 feet wide and 15 feet long. Except when the Chipola River is high, thespring is clear. Small fish congregate over the vent. The run is about 75feet long, 8 feet wide, and shallow at normal river levels.  The riverwas 3-4 feet above normal height when visited in 2004, and the whole spring/pooldeck area and some surrounding land were flooded.  The water was yellow-brownon this date, and the limestone fissure was not visible..

    The residents appeared to have built their house to discourage access tothis spring, and constructed a sort of pool around it. Presumably, the runis a navigable waterway and therefore accessible, but at the same time onefeels very much like a trespasser paddling into the middle of someone's "pool."No one was at home when the authors visited the spring, much to the authors’relief.

    Personal Impressions
    As resentful as JF was that the surrounding landowners had made a personal pool out of the spring, in his secret heart of hearts he wished he had one,too!

    Nearby Springs

  • Blue Hole Spring
  • Merritt's Mill Pond Springs ( Blu e, Shangri-La, Twin Caves, IndianWashtub, Hole-in-the-Rock, Gator)
  • Baltzell (or Bosel or Bozell) Springs group
  • Spring Lake Springs (Black, Double, Gadsen [or Gadsden], Millpond,Springboard)
  • Unnamed Chipola grotto and cave springs
  • Other Nearby Natural Features
    Three Rivers State Park
    Falling Water State Park
    Torreya State Park
    Marianna Caverns State Park
    Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve