Recreational Impacts

Springs recreation and attractions are a multi-million dollar industry in north Florida. In 1999 alone, more than two million people visited the twelve state parks named for springs, contributing over $7 million in revenue. Yet, due to their immense popularity as locations for camping, swimming, tubing, diving, and canoeing, some springs are being "loved to death". During the peak summer months, for instance, Ichetucknee Springs State Park's daily limit of 750 tubers on the upper river can be reached within an hour after the park opens.