Columbia Spring (Columbia Rise)
At the northern bank of Santa Fe River to the north of High Springs is located a powerful, picturesque spring – Columbia Spring.
Map of the site
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Columbia Spring is a powerful 1st magnitude spring that has formed an oval pool that is 23 by 46 m large and up to 7.6 m deep (2.).
Spring forms a short, approximately 183 m long and 9 m wide spring run which joins the Santa Fe River.
The water of Columbia Spring is a mix of clean groundwater and river water. Discharge of the spring is fluctuating – if there is more water in the river, also the spring is more powerful.
Spring and its run are located in a beautiful, natural area surrounded by swamp forest. This is a private property.
- Columbia Springs. Suwannee River Water Management District, Water Data Portal. Last accessed on 9th September 2023.
- First Magnitude Springs of Florida, Florida Geological Survey Open File Report No. 85. 2002. Last accessed on 22nd September 2023.
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