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Lafayette Blue Springs State Park

Lafayette Blue Springs is one of the 33 first-magnitude springs in Florida and discharges at a very variable rate, ranging from approximately 13 million to 168 million gallons per day. When the Suwannee River floods the spring vent, which happens fairly frequently, it can become a siphon. The Head Spring pool is approximately 100 feet long, 60 feet wide, and 20 feet deep, at the base of a limestone outcrop.

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Lafayette Blue Springs is one of Florida’s 33 first-magnitude springs. The head spring discharges into a spring pool and then out to the Suwannee River 300 feet away.

The head spring discharges from a horizontal opening in the limestone and flows eastward only 300 feet before it joins the Suwannee River. A unique limestone land bridge, about 20 feet wide, spans the spring run just downstream of the main spring pool. West of the spring is a series of sinkholes, and when the spring’s discharge is above average, water can be seen flowing through these features in the direction of the main spring. The full-service campground is for walk-in tent camping only and also serves as a river camp for canoe and kayak travelers along the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail.

The park is located off U.S. Highway 27, northwest of Mayo on County Road 292.

At a Glance:

Activities: Swimming, scuba diving, kayaking/canoeing, boat ramp, fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, picnic area

Entrance Fee: Yes

Scuba Diving: Yes

Onsite Camping: Yes–walk-in tent camping only

Dogs Allowed: Yes–see state park website for rules

Type of Park: Florida state park

Address and Contact Information:

Lafayette Blue Springs State Park

799 Northwest Blue Springs Road

Mayo, FL 32066

Phone: (386) 294–3667

Get More Information:

http://floridastateparks.org/lafayettebluesprings/

 
 
 
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