Blue Spring - Orange City, FL
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Bon Echo
N 28° 56.862 W 081° 20.373
17R E 466911 N 3202238
Popular spring for people and manatees
Waymark Code: WM121ZP
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 02/05/2020
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Clan Riffster
Views: 49

A first-order magnitude spring, with over 100 million gallons of water flowing up to the surface per day. The Blue Spring Run travels less than a half mile before emptying into the St John River. A state park protects the spring and the land surrounding it. It is a popular place to swim in the summer. In the winter, the spring run sees hundred of Florida manatees come to enjoy the warmer waters flowing up from the spring. A long boardwalk and several viewing platforms provide visitors with ample viewing opposites, and with access to the water in season. The coordinates for this waymark will bring you to the end of the boardwalk, the best place to view the spring and to see the water as it boils up from the earth

Interpretive Sign at Blue Spring

Blue Spring is a first-magnitude spring and an Outstanding Florida Spring. The spring features a nearly circular pool about 135 feet long from north to south and 100 feet from east to west. Steep banks 10 feet to 20 feet high surround the pool except to the south, where the spring opens to the spring run. The pool bottom is mostly limestone and sand; the spring vent is an elongated opening in the limestone about 15 feet from the north edge of the pool. From the limestone ledge, the vent slopes precipitously to about 40 feet in depth. A limited underwater cave system has been mapped at Blue Spring. From the pool, the spring run flows 0.2 mile to the south, then to the southwest for another 0.2 mile to the St. Johns River. The run varies from 70 feet to 100 feet in width and is bounded by steep wooded slopes except for the lower southeast bank, where the terrain flattens considerably. Flow of the spring is retarded by backwater during high stages of the St. Johns River.

Manatee at Blue Spring

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Recent discharge data for Blue Spring

Public or Private Land?: Public

Public Land Fees?: $6 per vehicle

Private Land access?: Not listed

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