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Springs Protection

Wakulla Spring

Wakulla Spring is one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world, in addition to being a natural treasure within Florida.

Ichetucknee Springs

Ichetucknee Springs State Park is perhaps the most famous spot for tubing in Florida. Cool, clear water welcomes summertime visitors and provides important habitat for an array of birds, wildlife, and vegetation.

Rainbow Springs

Rainbow Springs is the fourth largest and one of the most picturesque of Florida’s first magnitude springs. Archaeological evidence dating back 12,000 years ago shows that Rainbow Springs was important to prehistoric people for clean water, food and making stone tools.

Silver Springs

Silver Springs of Marion County in central Florida is the largest and one of the most well known of Florida’s first magnitude springs, with average discharge of ~ 766 cubic feet per second (cfs) (or over 550 million gallons per day).

Fanning and Manatee Springs

Both Fanning Spring and Manatee Spring are major springs flowing into the lower Suwannee River, a few miles apart, are located within state parks, and share common features.

Santa Fe River Springs

The Santa Fe River of north-central Florida is fed by the flow from many springs: Ginnie, Poe, Hornsby, Lilly, Rum Island, and Gilchrist Blue, to name a few. In fact, during dry seasons, the collective spring flow can make up the majority of the water in the river.

Blue Spring - Volusia County

“Blue” is the most common name given to springs in Florida, due to their naturally clear blue water. Blue Spring in Volusia County (also known as Volusia Blue) is the largest of the state’s springs named “blue”.


Springs Restoration Investments

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The Department of Environmental Protection works with partners to fund springs restoration projects across the state.

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Santa Fe Restoration: Special Report

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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services are collaborating on a Restoration Focus Area for the Santa Fe River Basin Management Action Plan.

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Bulletin 66:
Springs of Florida

Download this comprehensive guide to 463 Florida springs published by the Florida Geological Survey.

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