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

Bouleware Spring

Alachua County

Summary of Features

  • Scale -4th magnitude (estimated) 
  • Scenery - fair 
  • How Pristine? - water piped, impounded; area developed into park and pumping facility 
  • Swimming - no 
  • Protection - unknown 
  • Crowds - small 
  • Access - excellent 
  • Facilities - fine 
  • Safety - fine 
  • Scuba - no 
  • Cost - free 

    Directions (Address and phone: 3300 SE 15th St, Gainesville, FL 32641, 352-334-5067)

    From intersection of Highways 26 and 20, go one block east on Highway 20. Turn right (south) onto SE 15th Street (also called County Road 2043) and proceed 2 miles to the spring park at the sign on the right. Google Maps link: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Boulware+Springs+Water+Works/@29.6209239,-82.3070211,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x2f0eaf3e25ff0d6d?sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjs8Pa8kNXVAhUSyWMKHf6pDKcQ_BIIhgEwDg

    Spring Description

    The spring is set in a low area and flows from the bottom of a bank our of a pipe into a series of three concrete holding areas/pools. The first pool is square and about 12 feet in diameter. The lower pools are rectangular, with the middle pool being about 15 by 35 feet and the lower pool 20 by 50 feet. There is an old municipal water pumphouse building adjacent to the first two pools. After exiting the third pool, the spring run flows south through a thicket toward Paynes Prairie.

    Water in the pools is fairly clear and is about 4 feet deep. There is some vegetation and algae in the pools, and there are minnows in the water.


    Local Springiana

    As noted on the sign in the photograph, the spring has historic significance for Gainesville. It was an early water source for the city and the University of Florida. The pumphouse building was restored in 1990 by the City of Gainesville and the American Waterworks Association and is both a "Water Landmark" and a site on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Personal Impressions

    The City of Gainesville has done an excellent job of restoring the old pumphouse, creating a public park on the site, and establishing the trail to Hawthorne all on the same site in an otherwise economically depressed section of town. The spring is not much to see, and is frankly one of the least interesting and attractive things in the little park.

    Nearby Springs

    Other Nearby Natural Features

    Paynes Prairie State Reserve
    San Felasco Hammock State Preserve
    Devil's Millhopper State Geologic Site
    Poe Springs County Park
    O'Leno State Park
    River Rise State Park