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Monday, May 25th, 2015
Blue Springs Recreational Area - Opening Day
Runs through Monday, May 25th, 2015
Time & Place
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM CDT
Blue Springs Recreational Area; 5461 Blue Springs Road; Marianna, Florida 32446
$2.00 per person per day. Seasonal passes are available for $20.00 a person with photo ID or accompanied by an adult.
Opening day is May 25th, Open seven days a week until August 18th, and weekends until Labor Day.
9:30 am: Park Gates Open, Water opens at 10:00 am.
Water closes at 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm: Park Closes
Please note that no animals except service dogs are allowed in the park.
Location and History
Blue Springs is located approximately five miles east of Marianna. The spring, which is listed First Magnitude Spring of Florida, supplies water to a 202 acre reservoir known as Merritt's Millpond, a nationally known fishing site. More than forty years ago, the Federal Government owned the Blue Springs site and operated an officer's club for members of Graham Air Force Base.
For approximately forty years, the primary spring and head water of the Millpond has been leased to Jackson County and managed as a recreation area with swimming, picnicking, and limited SCUBA training and exploration. Merritt's Millpond serves as one of Jackson County's most popular fishing and boating areas.
Scenery and Wildlife
A variety of natural wooded growth indigenous to the area can be seen at the site, including ferns, Cypress stands, Pines, Magnolias, and other hardwoods. Typical animals include those associated with hardwood forests, and certain bird species, such as Kingfisher, Rough-winged Swallow and Bank Swallow. Blue Spring's cave complex provides a home for two rare obligatory aquatic cave dwelling animals.: Georgia Blind Salamander and Doughterty Plain Cave Crayfish. Historically, this site has been used by the public for recreation and can be accessed via the water or a County paved road.
Why you should visit
Jackson County has completely revamped this beautiful recreation site. It is just stunning, the water is more clear than Lake Tahoe, and water temperature is just perfect for swimming on a hot day. If you need time to relax, this is the place to go. It has volleyball courts, a new children's playground, park benches, a beach to lay out on, new boating docks, and much more.
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