Lafayette Blue Spring
An interesting natural feature at Suwannee River is Lafayette Blue Spring – a powerful spring that comes from more than 6 km long underwater cave.
Map of the site
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Lafayette Blue Springs were formed in Ocala Limestone. This limestone started to form in an ancient seabed in the late Eocene, some 38-34 million years ago. Of course, the springs are much younger.
This interesting spring is located on the western bank of the Suwannee River and is connected to it by a 90 m long spring run. The spring pool is 17 by 31 m large and up to 6.4 m deep.
The Lafayette Blue Spring run is crossed by a 6 m wide natural limestone bridge that divides the spring pond into two parts.
The spring emits lucid, clear water with fish and turtles easily seen in it. Unfortunately, the water is somewhat polluted with nitrates from agricultural runoff and, as a result, filamentous algae grow in the spring pool.
The vent of the spring serves as the entrance to a cave system – the 6,096 m long and up to 60 m deep Blue Spring-Green Sink Cave System. This cave has several karst windows – openings nearby: Snake Sink and Green Sink. This cave system has impressive, large passages and occasional large underwater halls that are up to 30 m wide and 9 m high. Its exploration started in 1977.
Lafayette Blue Spring is a popular swimming place. Unfortunately, the area around the spring has been trampled and eroded, decreasing its natural beauty.
- Lafayette Blue Springs. Suwannee River Water Management District, Water Data Portal. Last accessed on 9th September 2023.
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