Island Spring
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Clan Riffster
N 28° 49.407 W 081° 25.030
17R E 459298 N 3188497
Welcome to Island Spring, a 3rd magnitude spring completely submerged within the Wekiva River channel. Most visitors to this area paddle right over this spring, utterly clueless of its existence.
Waymark Code: WM40DK
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 06/17/2008
Published By:Groundspeak Charter Member paintfiction
Views: 41

Island Spring has a discharge rate of roughly 7.3 cubic feet per second, making it a 3rd magnitude spring. Its water temperature remains a fairly constant 75 degrees Fahrenheit year round at the boil. The Fontes and Garnier (1979) carbon-14 age of Island Spring is 2,932 years old, and based upon the measurements of tritium, delta carbon-13, and carbon-14 in the spring discharge in March 2001, (0.55 tritium units), the discharged water is about 48 years old.

The kwickest way to reach Island Spring is to launch a canoe or kayak from Katie's Landing, (N28* 49.744 / W81* 24.764), paddling about 1/2 a mile upstream. You'll pass a small island in the river, and the boil is about 60' southeast of the island. To view the spring, you'll need either bright sunlight, or dunking your head under water. If you plan on stopping for an exploration of the spring, bring a good anchor for your boat.

When you pass the island, you may be tempted to stop there, as I was. I discovered hordes of highly agitated hornets along the perimeter of the island. They got in half a dozen zaps to my right arm/hand before I dove out of my kayak. If I had been allergic, I'd probably be dead.
Public or Private Land?: Public

Public Land Fees?: No fees

Private Land access?: Not listed

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