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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 — Ichetucknee 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.

  • Lake Desoto

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    Located in historic downtown Lake City, Lake Desoto has been a gathering place for locals and visitors for many years. Fishing, biking, walking, and picnicking are available here. In addition, a variety of different birds, waterfowl, fish, and other wildlife make this an ideal place for wildlife watching.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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