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

Sawdust Spring
Columbia County
Summary of Features
  • Scale - 3rd magnitude
  • Scenery - fine
  • How Pristine? - very pristine
  • Swimming - poor to fair
  • Protection - unknown/private
  • Crowds - very small
  • Access - private land/boat access only
  • Facilities - none; excellent across river at Ginnie Springs
  • Safety - good
  • Scuba - no
  • Cost - free from public ramp; $10 at Ginnie Springs

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Directions
At the downstream end and across the river from the Ginnie Springscomplex. From High Springs, drive south on U.S. 27/41 about 1 mile. Turnwest (right) onto State Road 340 (Poe Springs Road) and drive about 6.5miles and then turn right onto graded road at sign for Ginnie Springs.Follow another mile to the entrance. The spring is across the river fromand between Twin Spring and Deer Spring.

For maps, latitude/longitude data, driving directions, satelliteimagery, and topographic representations as well as weather conditionsat 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

Spring Description
The spring is in a low area about 100 feet from the Santa Fe River.The spring and its run are 40-50 feet wide, a few feet deep, and the runis partially blocked by logs and aquatic vegetation. The spring pool iscircular, and a strong boil is present above an opening in the limestone.Water in the spring is clear and blue.  Water in the spring is clearand can be blue or green depending on lighting and other conditions. The inteconnected cavern systems associated with other springs at GinnieSprings have been mapped for 33,000 feet.  Over 30,000 divers visitthe Ginnie Springs complex each year.  Water in the spring is around72 degrees.  Studies show that the springs are fed by two watershedsthat encompass 300 square miles (Rauch, 2003).

Use/Access

Personal Impressions
The authors have always visited Sawdust after having their fill ofthe more accessible spring at Ginnie and further upriver, and so were neverparticularly interested in snorkeling or swimming in Sawdust. Under otherconditions, however, it would be a very appealing little spring to explore.Although a 3rd-magnitude spring, Sawdust has a strong flow andis nearly a second-magnitude site.

Nearby Springs

Other Nearby Natural FeaturesContact Information
Ginnie Springs Outdoors, LLC
7300 NE Ginnie Springs Road
High Springs, FL 32643
386-454-7188