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

GIL729972? (or possibly) GIL 729973

Gilchrist County

Summary of Features

  • Scale - 4th magnitude
  • Scenery - fair
  • How Pristine? - land cleared above spring
  • Swimming - no
  • Protection - unknown
  • Crowds - none
  • Facilities - none
  • Safety - good
  • Scuba - no
  • Cost - free


Several miles below boat ramp at Oasis Spring on south side. 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 3.4 miles to NE 2nd Way. Follow 2nd Way for 2.6 miles to dirt roadon right and the boat ramp on the Santa Fe River. Paddle downstream 5-6 miles (?) miles and look for small mouth of run on the south (left) side.

Spring Description

The presumed spring was dry on date of visit in January 2001, a period of drought. A depression was located at the back of a 250-foot dry run that might be the spring pool. The dry pool was oval and about 50 by 100 feet in diameter. Land above the site is cleared, but below the spring is floodplain forest.



Personal Impressions

The authors had difficulty locating several springs in this stretch of the Santa Fe that are described and photographed in the 1998 publication, Springsof the Suwannee River Basin in Florida (Hornsby & Ceryak, pp. 49-53). They wondered if all the springs in this section--all of which are small--were dry. Based on the description in Hornsby & Ceryak, the most likely match for this site is GIL729972 (p. 52).  There is just as good a chance this this site is not a spring at all.

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