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- When th e fissure is exposed, one may walk on it and have a birds-eye viewof the vent and its powerful flow.
- The authors waded around the site, which would also be excellent f or snor keling,even in normal river height conditions. A dive flag would be useful towarn approaching motorboats.
- COL928971, Wilson Spring, GIL 99974, unnamed possible spring, COL917971,Oasis Spring
- Ichetucknee Springs State Park
- O’Leno State Park
- River Rise State Preserve
Five minutes past the unnamed possible spring and COL917971Spring on the Santa Fe River. 15-20 minute paddle upriver from privateboat ramp at Oasis Spring near the middle of the river.
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. Go downriver on theSanta Fe 2-3 miles, past 2 sets of small shoals and a hairpin turn. Thespring five minutes’ paddle past COL917971 and lies in the riverbed a littletoward the north (Columbia County) side. To get to the Oasis boat ramp:From Branford, drive east/south on U.S. 27 to junction with Highway 129/49.Turn south. Drive about 5 miles to Highway 138 and turn east. Drive 3.4miles to NE 2nd Way. Follow 2nd Way for 2.6 milesto dirt road on right and the boat ramp.
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 is in the riverbed and flows from two points in an up-juttingfissure/fracture that was exposed when the authors visited (January 2001)during a time of record drought. Water flows powerfully out of a crackin the limestone. On date of visit, more than 10 feet of the crack wasexposed, and water flowed up and out against the current of the surroundingriver. The crack angles downward to the riverbed, and water flowing froma second opening on the river bottom (about 18 feet upriver) creates anotherstrong boil. Water in the spring is clear, and there was colorful algaegrowing on the limestone. The rocks were also covered with tiny (about1 cm) periwinkle-like snails. Sunlight shafted into the exposed flowingvent, which is up to two feet wide and narrows as it goes down. The riverbedwas about 6 feet deep on date of visit, and the bottom was visible.
Sunbeam is a spectacular sight in times of low river water, and appealingand attractive under all but flood conditions. The upfolded fracture createsa dramatic and rare flow spectacle under dry conditions. The authors cannotthink of another spring that offers such a prospect in the middle of ariver. The closest approximation is Little River Spring in time of extremedrought, when the visitor can also stand on the limestone directly overthe site of the flow and look down into the mouth of the cavern.
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