Springs For Canoeing
Three Sisters Spring is a series of three natural springs in Crystal River, Florida. Three Sisters Spring is an important warm-water habitat for manatees, and is one of the only places where it is legal to swim with manatees. Three Sisters Spring is part of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge.
Treehouse Spring is a spring near High Springs, Florida. It is an Outstanding Florida Spring. It was once a first magnitude spring but has had low flow in recent years. The water flow is low because the aquifer is allowed to be over-pumped. It is one of many popular springs along the Santa Fe River.
Salt Springs is a heavily developed spring inside Ocala National Forest. There is a shallow spring pool and a spring run. The pool has several vents and the spring water is rich with minerals. There is an on-site campground. The spring and campground are very popular and are sometimes crowded.
Hornsby Spring was a beautiful 1st magnitude spring. Today it’s owned by a religious compound and is surrounded by private property. Hornsby Spring has been damaged by water pumping, and stopped flowing. It suffers from low aquifer levels and pollution. The spring was the site of important prehistoric archeological finds. Mammoth and mastodon fossils were found with stone tools and evidence of prehistoric human hunting.
Poe Springs is a lovely spring near Gainesville and the town of High Springs. It’s set inside Poe Springs Park, which is a well-maintained county park with a variety of nice facilities. It’s set alongside the Santa Fe River and provides river access. Poe Springs is great for swimming, picnicking and families.
Weeki Wachee Springs is a tourist trap in central Florida. It became a Florida state park in 2008. It’s west of Orlando and north of Tampa. The spring is famous for mermaid shows, a spring-fed water park and beautiful clear and blue water. For years Weeki Wachee was known as the deepest underwater cave system in the U.S. Many people dislike the development and wish the spring’s natural environment was better preserved.
Morrison springs is a beautiful park and spring in the Florida Panhandle. It’s owned by the State of Florida, but is operated by Walton County. Morrison Springs is a popular swimming hole for locals and visitors. It’s one of the most popular freshwater SCUBA diving sites in Florida.