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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.

  • Paddling Adventures at Ichetucknee Springs

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    Paddling Adventures is the only kayak, canoe, and stand-up paddleboard rental facility located inside Ichetucknee Springs State Park. At Paddling Adventures, you are given the opportunity to paddle the Ichetucknee River (2-2.5 hours) or the Ichetucknee to the Santa Fe River (5-6 hours). There are multiple watercraft options to choose from, and equipment as well as shuttle service, which is included in rental fees. They also offer shuttle service to those bringing their own vessels. Reservations are accepted Monday to Thursday, while Friday to Sunday is first-come-first-serve. Group rates are available for corporate, civic, church, veterans, and non-profit groups.

  • Lake Isabella

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    Located in the historic residential district of Lake City, this charming lake has been a hub of the area for many years. It’s an excellent spot for a picnic, or just sitting on the shoreline, taking in the view, getting some sun — or getting some shade under towering oak trees filled with Spanish moss.

  • Ichetucknee Springs Education and Exhibit Center

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    Visit our education and exhibit center and be treated to a one-of-a-kind experience. In this encounter, dedicated to the interpretation of urban growth, water usage, and their effects on our springs and river, you will follow cave divers as they explore activities taking place deep within our recharge basin. Through interactive and interpretive displays, you can "go with the flow" as you trace this precious resource from source to boiling spring. Complete the journey, sharing in the mystery, as you enjoy a movie in our state-of-the-art theater.

  • Rum Island Spring and Park

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    Rum Island’s second magnitude spring forms a 200-meter swimming hole just north of Rum Island itself, filled with crystal clear water, perfect for swimming, snorkeling and relaxing. The County Park is a little slice of North Florida perfection, with picnic tables under the shade of trees and loads of space to relax by the Santa Fe River.