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

COL101971 Spring

Columbia County

Summary of Features

  • Scenery - good
  • How Pristine? - fairly pristine, house and walkway nearby
  • Swimming - no
  • Protection - unknown-private
  • Crowds - none
  • Access - none-private

Quick Directions

A few minutes' paddle between Pickard Spring and Jonathan Spring on the Columbia County (north) side of the river.

Full Directions

The spring is about 1 mile below Poe Springs and 0.4 mile upriver from Rum Island on the north bank.

Directions to ramp at Poe Springs: From High Springs, drive south on US 41/27 about one mile. Turn west (right) onto State Road 340 (Poe Springs Road) and proceed about 2.5 miles to entrance to Poe Springs (County) Park.

Park Address: 28800 NW 182nd Avenue, High Springs, FL 32643
(352) 548-1210.


Directions to ramp at Rum Island (address: 1447 SW Rum Island Terrace, Fort White, FL 32038): From High Springs, drive NW on US 27/SR20 about four miles. Turn left (west) onto State Road 138 and drive about two miles to turnoff to the left (south) at sign for Rum Island. Follow dirt road about 1.5 miles to river and ramp.

Spring Description

The spring appears to be about 75 feet from the river in a depression between the river and a large, modern house. The spring forms a small creek that is 2-3 feet wide and a few inches deep. The creek flows under a footbridge and into the river 8 feet downriver from a large, leaning cypress tree that is posted with a "No Trespassing" sign. The water is clear. The spring was not visited.   In 2002, the small creek/run from the spring appeared to have been blocked with cut timber and dirt.


Personal Impressions

Just a piddle really (average discharge is about 2.5 CFS according to Hornsby & Ceryak, 1998, p. 34), but the authors are always disappointed at getting so close to a spring without being able to see it.

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