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

COL428981 Spring

Columbia County

Summary of Features

  • Scale - 3rd magnitude to dry
  • Scenery - very good
  • How Pristine? - very pristine
  • Swimming - no
  • Protection - private
  • Crowds - none
  • Access - private
  • Scuba - no


From downtown High Springs, drive about two miles north on U.S. 41/441 to bridge over the Santa Fe River. The boat ramp to the river is on the NW side of the bridge. Put in and go upriver about 1/2 mile. Look for a small (3-5 feet) opening in the bank on the left that is the mouth of the spring.

Spring Description

The spring lies just behind the 4-6 foot bank of the Santa Fe River. On date of visit (April 2000), a time of drought, the spring contained water but was not flowing. The circular pool was 45 feet across and covered in duckweed. Hornsby & Ceryak (1998) describe the spring pool as "100 feet wide with a maximum depth of 15 feet and the run is approximately 15 feet long" (p. 35). They measured a flow of 1.54 MGD on April 28, 1998 (p. 35). In times of high water on the river, the spring would be flooded and would perhaps reverse.


Personal Impressions

Except in times of high water (when dark water would prevent a good look at the spring anyway), the spring cannot be canoed or otherwise entered by boat.

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