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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”. The only natural winter refuge for the federally endangered West Indian manatee on Florida’s east coast, the spring has been designated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a critical habitat for the species.

Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge

This last unspoiled and undeveloped habitat in Kings Bay, the headwaters of the Crystal River, is critical for protection of the West Indian Manatee. The springs in the bay, with their constant 72 degree Fahrenheit water, provide essential warm water refuge for the manatees that congregate there in the winter months.

Park Opens Spring for Wild Manatees

For the first time in 30 years, wild manatees are able to enter the spring bowl at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park.

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

This unique state park is one of several old Florida tourist attractions that were built around first-magnitude springs. The main attraction is the Florida manatee.

Manatee Springs State Park

Manatee Springs is one of Florida’s largest springs, averaging 117 million gallons of water daily, and is a National Natural Landmark.

Silver Glen Springs

The clear blue water and bubbling sand boils of Silver Glen Springs is a stark contrast to the surrounding Big Scrub in the Ocala National Forest.

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