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Hunter Spring

Hunter Spring, Crystal River
Hunter Spring, Crystal River. / R. Meegan, Wikimedia Commons / public domain

WorldBlue  In short

There are two 1st magnitude springs in King’s Bay – Hunter Spring and King’s Spring (Tarpon Hole).

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GPS coordinates
28.8945 N 82.5925 W
Location, address
North America, United States, Florida, Citrus County, Crystal River city, in the eastern side creek (Hunter Spring Run) of King’s Bay, below the water level
Springs, Subaquatic springs
Alternate names
American Legion Spring
Artesian springs
Average discharge
878.4 l/s

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WorldYellow In detail

Hunter Spring is somewhat less impressive than many of the large springs of Florida but nevertheless, this is a giant spring. It flows upwards from a conical depression. The diameter of this depression is around 64 m, depth – 4 m. The bottom is sandy but near the vent is exposed limestone. The bottom of the spring is covered with filamentous algae – sad consequences of the pollution.

Water from the spring itself is clear and there is a boiling bulge above it. Unfortunately, the waters around it are less so – all around the Hunter Spring Run the land has been developed. Towards the north from the spring is a park, towards all other sides around the spring, have been built houses. The spring basin is enclosed within concrete walls except for the outflow. Spring run has been channelized to facilitate the movement of boats. Sometimes the spring is closed for swimming due to the pollution coming from the coast.

There are two more fairly powerful springs at the head of this side creek – House Spring and Jurassic Spring.


  1. Springs of Florida. Florida Geological Survey, Bulletin No.66. Last accessed on 4th May 2019.
  2. King’s Bay/Crystal River Springs Restoration Plan, prepared by The Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute, February 2016. Last accessed on 4th May 2019.

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