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Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park

This Pasco County state park comprises 3,296 acres, including 4 miles of coastline, and more than 80 percent is marsh or submerged acres. It seems surprising to find a small group of springs this far south, and in such an estuarine tidal marsh environment.

Salt Springs is a second-magnitude spring, with an oval-shaped pool only 80 feet by 60 feet, but it is an amazing 320 feet deep. The vent is just below the surface, though, and there is a noticeable boil near the center of the pool at low tide. Water flows strongly in the short spring run, which is bordered by live oaks, cypress trees, and sabal palms, and on into the estuary and the Gulf of Mexico beyond.

The spring run itself is greenish and not very clear, but divers report fairly clear water in 2 large chambers beyond the narrow spring vent and a solution tube entryway. There are 2 natural limestone bridges over the spring run. Cauldron Spring and Gar Spring are other named springs nearby.

The park is in Port Richey and can be found by turning west off U.S. Highway 19 at Regency Park Boulevard and going a quarter-mile to the intersection of Scenic Drive and Cinema Drive.

At a Glance:

Activities: Kayaking/canoeing, boating, fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, picnic area

Entrance Fee: Yes

Scuba Diving: No

Onsite Camping: No

Dogs Allowed: Yes–see state park website for rules

Type of Park: Florida state park

Address and Contact Information:

Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park

Intersection of Scenic Drive and Cinema Drive

Port Richey, FL 34673

Phone: (727) 816–1890

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