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Dive into Florida's Springlands.

Make A Splash on the Water

 

Seventy-two degrees. That’s the temperature our spring waters stay 365 days a year. Chilly, but not too chilly — and oh so refreshing, especially in the summer months. In the winter months, there’s not as much swimming and tubing, but you’ll still enjoy kayaking down lazy, spring-fed rivers, and experiencing a different kind of chill. (One that might even require a light jacket.)

Florida’s Springlands has several named springs, a couple of which — Ichetuknee Springs and Ginnie Springs — are renowned throughout the Southeast. Others are more remote and quiet. All of them are wonderful outdoor recreation spots that will enchant you with their scenery and provide you with an unforgettable nature experience. 

Along with springs, Florida’s Springlands are also dotted with freshwater lakes. Some, like Lake Isabella, are part of scenic parks in Lake City, but others  — such as Ocean Pond  — can be found in lush, green Osceola National Forest. Our lakes are perfect for boating, water skiing, swimming, paddle boarding, and fishing. Anglers catch an array of species, including largemouth bass, bluegill, brown trout and a few types of catfish.

When you combine our springs and lakes, Lake City, Florida’s Springlands is simply a watery paradise.

  • Falmouth Springs

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    Formed when its cavern partially collapsed, Falmouth Spring bubbles up underground, flows above ground for around 450 feet, then mysteriously disappears back underground until it hits the Suwannee River.

  • Fanning Springs Florida

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    This beautiful corner of Florida is located along the Suwannee River and is home to one of only 33 first magnitude springs in the state, producing 65 million gallons of water per day. Whether you’re swimming in the springs, you’re just stopping by as you’re driving through the area or you’re specifically seeking out the wildlife, there’s something at Fanning Springs for everyone.

  • Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park

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    Welcome to the newest state park in Florida! Gilchrist Springs is the jewel of Gilchrist County, a hugely popular vacation spot because of its Spring Run and the High Spring. It’s proof of the natural beauty of Florida, the Sunshine State’s best kept open secret.

    Camping Concession Stand Geo-Seeking Hiking Trails Natural Springs Pavilions Swimming Wildlife Viewing

  • Ginnie Springs

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    Ever-popular Ginnie Springs is a lovely playground that’ll keep you wet and cool all day. You’re guaranteed to sleep well.

    Camping Equipment Rental Kayaking Scuba Diving Snorkeling Swimming Tubing