Fred Griffin: Way Down Upon The Suwannee River - Swimming in Cold Pure Water at Little River Spring

Way Down Upon The Suwannee River - Swimming in Cold Pure Water at Little River Spring

We left Tallahassee for an appointment in Gainesville today.  Instead of taking the Freeways, we drove across "Old Florida" on US 27, and stopped at Little River Spring for a quick swim in the fresh cold water.  This is one of Florida's most scenic and beautiful freshwater springs.  According to the Florida Geological Survey, this 2nd Magnitude Spring produces 85 cubic feet of water per second - at a comfortable 69 degrees!


 Surekha at Little River Springs


Fred Under Water at Little River Spring

        Little River Spring at this time of year is perfect.  The depth is low; you can wade right up to the edge.  The pool above the cave is about 8 feet deep.  Most of the algae is gone, thanks to the crowds of people that came in the summer.  You are looking at a white sandy bottom, lots of fish, and a nice clean run out to the Suwannee River.  

    Yes, that is Fred under the water!

 

 

 

 

      According to the See North Florida Website:

     "This spring is quite interesting.   Although the actual pool is small, there is a vent that leads to an extensive cave system...  you have over 1,200 feet of caves reaching depths over 100 feet. The outflow spills into the Suwannee via a small river, hence the name, Little River Springs.  Where the river pours into the Suwannee there are a set of rocks creating rapids. A good snorkel and pretty scenery to enjoy.   Excellent dive if you are cave certified."

  

Suwannee River as seen from Little River Spring

 

 

   From the Florida Geological Survey and DEP Website

 FGS DEP Website Little River Spring

 

     More about our Visit Today:

 

     I am a Certified Open Water Diver, but not Cave Certified, so I left the tanks and gear in the car trunk.  A mask and snorkel were more than sufficient to enjoy the Spring.

     There were very few people at the Spring today.  Some construction guys on a break were leaning over the rail.  A Dive Instructor was giving instructions to 2 divers who had their equipment laid out on the tailgate of a pickup truck.  A middle-aged couple was sunning on some lawn chairs.

    The construction workers left, the couple left.  It was just Surekha and me.  We had this entire Spring to ourselves!

 

 

 From Suwannee Parks and Recreation Website:

 

Little River Springs Suwannee County Parks Website



The spring run is approximately 150 feet long with a cave system that is more than 1,200 feet long.  The 125 acres allow for nature walks and a wide variety of wildlife including deer, squirrel and numerous birds.  



      Little River Spring is a very pleasant place.  Admission is FREE.  The water is incredibly refreshing (you are swimming in bottled water; it is that pure).  Next time you are in Florida, remember that we have dozens of freshwater springs.   Swim, wade, dive, or just relax in the Florida Sunshine.


Fred Snorkeling at Little River Spring


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Comment balloon 11 commentsFred Griffin • September 12 2011 11:30PM

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Lovely pictures, and I didn't know one had to be cave certified, it makes sense.

Posted by Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula, Realty Works Temecula (Realty Works Temecula) about 6 years ago

Fred - Bill and I grew up in Florida swimming in those rivers and springs.  Hwy 27 through "old Florida" is a route we love to take when riding the motorcycles south.  Stopping for a cool swim in a spring is awesome when riding!!!

Posted by Bill & Cyndi Daves, TeamDAVES - Your REALTORS In the GA/NC Mountains! (Hiawassee, Young Harris, Blairsville, Hayesville, Murphy and Beyond!) about 6 years ago

Fred,,

These pictures are wonderful. This seems like a quiet tranquail place to visit, live, laugh, love and live.

Posted by Ted J. Macy (Top Agents Atlanta Metro) about 6 years ago

Jane, Florida has a labyrinth of underwater caves; divers get lost in them every year.   My brother and I were at McBride Slough in Wakulla County (a beautiful spring over a cave) a couple of years ago; they were pulling a guy out who had got lost at a couple of hundred feet underground.  It was very tragic to see the white sheet being put over him.   I won't dive more than a few feet into a cave.

Cyndi (and Bill), we stopped first at Branford Springs, but it had "soured" a couple of years ago, and has not come back.  The water flow is way down; it is clogged with algae.  So we thought about going down to Fanning Springs, but then we remembered Little River.  It was a great choice!

Ted -  Tourists come to Florida, they get caught in the rat race at Disney, Universal, Daytona, South Beach Miami - and they miss the best that Florida has to offer.  

 

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) about 6 years ago

Wow, now that brings back memories Fred....was wandering what that place looked like during the day....funny story, but hardly remember much of it, one of my best friends growing up, after high school, him and I went down to Florida to the Suwanee River area, to some camp ground, stayed in mobile home they were using as cabins I think....don't remember much, other than we were trying t dive in the Suwanee River at night, didn't know what the hell we were doing....yes, we were both certified, but we were looking for the springs......just remember having ourselves tied up with ropes and flashlights, was hard as hell to swim, like i said don't remember all the circumstances, was over 20 yrs ago....I guess we'll have to make another run now based on your post and give it another shot....

Posted by Hrisco & Associates, -"When Experience Matters - The Agent You Need!" (Hrisco & Associates | Expert Advisor Home Services) about 6 years ago

John, swimming in the Suwannee River at night?   Talk about Gator Bait!

   Next time you come to the Suwannee River area, email me.  I will send you maps to Madison Blue, Guaranto, Otter, Hart, Sun, Fanning, Manatee, Little River, Poe, Ginnie, Peacock, Suwannee Springs, Ichetucknee, and a lot of other SAFE diving and swimming areas!

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) about 6 years ago

I would have a hard time swimming in the lakes and rivers of Florida for fear of gators and snakes...

Posted by Diane Daley (Caron's Gateway Real Estate) about 6 years ago

Caron, your fears are well-founded.  

     I have been swimming in Florida all of my life, and can suggest some simple precautions that will Minimize your chances of getting hit by a gator or bit by a snake.

     First, stay out of "Black Water".  You do not want to swim in water that you cannot see through.  For example, the Suwannee River that is pictured in this blog.  It's just too dark and murky.

     Second, go to the State Parks or County Parks and look for Springs like the one in this Blog.  The human element will have run off any snakes or gators.

     Third, go with a friend or a group, so that somebody can be a Watchman/Lifeguard.

     Fourth, don't swim after dark. 

 

 

 

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) about 6 years ago

Hi Fred, Well I guess my friend Don and I broke all those rules, now didn't we, I emailed him your blog post, he is over in Uganda right now doing Missionary work.  Wait till I share the latest comments with him...of course this was 15-20 years ago and we were young and dumb.

Posted by Hrisco & Associates, -"When Experience Matters - The Agent You Need!" (Hrisco & Associates | Expert Advisor Home Services) about 6 years ago

John, don't tell Caron (post #7 above), but  you know that growing up in Florida, I have broken all of those "Rules", too! 

 And every once in a while, I break one of the Rules again.    :)

G-d bless your friend Don and his missionary work.  That is most admirable.

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) about 6 years ago

Swimming and Singing

Posted by seamus over 4 years ago

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