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February 21, 2009

Blue Spring State Park

Blue Spring is designated an Official State Natural Feature. It is the largest spring on the St. John's River. Each day, about 100 million gallons flow from the spring to the river between the banks of Blue Spring Run. In winter, manatees move out of the cold St. John's into the warm 72 degree water of the run. The clarity of the water allows people to view, without disturbing, this unique gathering of endangered species. (See the Blue Spring manatees in Save the Manatees Club's Adopt-A-Manatee program: http://www.savethemanatee.org/adopt_blue_spring.htm)

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Between the submerged tree trunks is the large hole that is the source of the springs. See the drawing below for the below ground view:

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This video shows water coming from the hole; you can see a slight movement on the surface of the water.

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Blue Springs Run

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Manatees gathering in the sun

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The Thursby House, for more information on the Thursby's check out the first blog post on Blue Spring that is posted under Florida 1 or Florida 2; I can't remember which year we were here.

Posted by Heather at February 21, 2009 07:55 PM


Funny just doing a look up of my own name and found your site. I grew up here in Orange City, Florida. Half a mile from Blue Springs state park. Walked every summer day of my child hood there to spend my most memorable moments. I live in Upstate New York for 10 years. In the last 9 years I have been back here in the Central Florida area raising my children. My youngest daughters name is Lilly.
I have enjoyed your site.
Heather McCurdy

Posted by: Heather. McCurdy at June 28, 2009 02:48 PM

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