Springs Fever: A Field & Recreation Guide to 500 Florida Springs.
3rd Edition by Joe Follman and Richard Buchanan

Sanlando Spring
Seminole County

Summary of Features
  • Scale - second magnitude

  • Scenery - very good
    How Pristine? - in developed subdivision, retaining wall around much of spring, area partly cleared in park setting
    Swimming - outstanding
    Protection - unknown
    Crowds - heavy on warm days
    Access - private 

From Interstate north of Orlando, exit west onto State Road 434 and go a perhaps half a mile to the entrance to "The Springs" subdivision. The spring is along one of the main roads in the subdivision near the clubhouse.

Spring Description
The spring forms a small circular pool that opens directly into a larger oval-shaped basin.  The small pool is on the south side, is about 35 feet in diameter and appears to be nearly 20 feet deep.  Water flows from an oblong limestone opening (8 feet wide) and creates a slick on the surface that is about three feet wide.  The water is clear, and a lot of sub-surface limestone was visible on date of visit in October 2001.

The spring pool is mostly surrounded by a stone and concrete wall that extends eight feet above the surface.  There is an opening in the wall on one side that serves as a dive/observation platform.  The larger pool is about 300 by 200 feet and has a sandy beach directly across from the spring on the north side.  Land rises up on all sides of the pools to a height of perhaps 25 feet.  Water flows from the large pool to the west and the little Wekiva River and forms an attractive creek

Private - use only by residents of the subdivision and their guests. Sanlando and Starbuck Springs appear to be used for swimming and for water extraction.

Local Springiana

Personal Impressions
Misrepresenting his intent as being a potential home-buyer in the subdivision, JF was given a quick tour of the area by a realtor and was able to see and inspect this spring.  The things one does in the name of springs exploration--mea culpa.

Nearby Springs
Palm Spring, Starbuck Spring, Apopka Spring, Volusia Blue Spring, Camp La No Che Spring, Clifton Spring, Gemini Springs, Health Spring, Messant Spring, Miami Spring, Rock Spring, Wekiwa Spring

Other Nearby Natural Features
Wekiwa Springs State Park
Rock Springs Run State Preserve
Blue Spring State Park
Hontoon Island State Park
Ocala National Forest