Sharks Tooth Spring
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Clan Riffster
N 28° 52.395 W 081° 26.417
17R E 457064 N 3194022
Sharks Tooth Spring is a little known natural, free flowing spring within the Seminole Forest Wildlife Management Area west of Sanford, Fl. As proof of your visit, please post a picture of the spring.
Waymark Code: WM5FN3
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 01/01/2009
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member the federation
Views: 37

Sharks Tooth Spring is a 5th magnitude spring that emerges from the weathered limestone and clay at the base of a hillside. There is no pool at the spring head. The spring run is about 2 feet wide and flows about 800 feet toward the northeast to Sulphur Run.

Discharge at Sharks Tooth Spring was measured by the U.S. Geological Survey in 1997 and 2001, and by St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) in 2005. The mean discharge was 0.15 cubic feet per second.

The age of water discharging from Sharks Tooth Spring was determined by measuring the concentration of tritium, carbon-14 and carbon-13 in the spring discharge in March 2005. Sharks Tooth Spring had a tritium concentration of 1.43 tritium units and a carbon-14 concentration of 34 percent modern carbon and a delta carbon-13 value of –10.14 parts per thousand. The tritium concentration suggests that the water is less than 50 years old. The carbon-14 concentration of 34% modern carbon can result from the reaction of rainfall with calcite, dolomite, and soil organic matter and the mixing with Lower Floridan water.

You can download/print a map of the forest, (along with the rules and hunting dates), here:
(visit link)

Enter the forest off State Rd 46, 5.3 miles west of Interstate 4. Travel north on Sand Rd 3.2 miles to the T intersection of Pine Rd and Grade Rd. Turn right on Pine Rd and travel .85 mile to a parking area on your right. Follow the orange blaze trail roughly 500' to a fork. Follow the right fork downhill to small creek. Follow the creek northwest a couple hundred feet, crossing the footbridge, then continue to the spring.

Near the entrance to the forest, you'll find a pay station. You'll need to grab an envelope, drop in a buck, and hang the envelope stub on your mirror, regardless of what mode of transportation you choose to utilize during your visit. Ahead of you, you'll see a locked gate. If you call the Division of Forestry, at (352) 360-6675, you can get a free vehicle access permit, including the gate combo. If you do this ahead of time, they'll E-mail it to you. If you aren't into planning, you can call them from the gate, (during banker's hours), and they can fax it to a quaint little sporting goods store in nearby Sorrento for a small fee. You'll need to leave this permit on your dashboard.
Public or Private Land?: Public

Public Land Fees?: Yes, $1.00

Private Land access?: New Fee is $2 per person + need to call Division of Forestry, at (352) 360-6675, you can get a free vehicle access permit, including the gate combo.

Visit Instructions:
Please post an original picture of the springs no GPS necessary along with your observations of the spring. What wildlife you saw if any and the condition of the springs. Water level was high, low. The area was clean, trashy ect. Any other knowledge or experiences you have had with this paticular spring that would help document it's history.
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