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

Sawdust Spring

Columbia County

Summary of Features

  • Scale - 3rd magnitude
  • Scenery - fine
  • How Pristine? - very pristine
  • Swimming - poor to fair
  • Protection - unknown/private
  • Crowds - very small
  • Access - private land/boat access only
  • Facilities - none; excellent across river at Ginnie Springs
  • Safety - good
  • Scuba - no
  • Cost - free from public ramp; $14 for adults and $4 for children age 6-12 at Ginnie Springs


At the downstream end and across the river from the Ginnie Springs complex at 5000 NE 60th Avenue, High Springs, FL 32643


From High Springs, drive south on U.S. 27/41 about 1 mile. Turn west (right) onto State Road 340 (Poe Springs Road), drive about 6.5 miles, and then turn right onto graded road at sign for Ginnie Springs. Follow another mile to the entrance. The spring is across the river from and between Twin Spring and Deer Spring.

Spring Description

The spring is in a low area about 100 feet from the Santa Fe River. The spring and its run are 40-50 feet wide, a few feet deep, and the run is partially blocked by logs and aquatic vegetation. The spring pool is circular, and a strong boil is present above an opening in the limestone. Water in the spring is clear and blue.  Water in the spring is clear and can be blue or green depending on lighting and other conditions. The inteconnected cavern systems associated with other springs at Ginnie Springs have been mapped for 33,000 feet.  Over 30,000 divers visitthe Ginnie Springs complex each year.  Water in the spring is around 72 degrees.  Studies show that the springs are fed by two watersheds that encompass 300 square miles (Rauch, 2003).


Personal Impressions

The authors have always visited Sawdust after having their fill ofthe more accessible spring at Ginnie and further upriver, and so were never particularly interested in snorkeling or swimming in Sawdust. Under other conditions, however, it would be a very appealing little spring to explore. Although a 3rd-magnitude spring, Sawdust has a strong flow and is nearly a second-magnitude site.

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