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Wacissa Springs Group

View at Wacissa Springs
View at Wacissa Springs. / anoldent, Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

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Wacissa River starts with a group of seven powerful springs. These springs are grouped in Wacissa Springs Group and belong to the exquisite list of first-magnitude springs.

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GPS coordinates
30.3392 N 83.9912 W
Location, address
North America, United States, Florida, Jefferson County, Wacissa, at the southern end of Wacissa Springs Road
Average discharge
10,987 l/s

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Wacissa Springs Group
Wacissa Springs Group. / R. Means, Wikimedia Commons / public domain

Across the northern part of Florida goes a terrace – an ancient sea coast named Cody Scarp. Near the base of this terrace have formed many of the giant springs of Florida.

Wacissa Springs Group belongs to these springs. This is a group of seven closely located giant springs: Wacissa 1-4, Log, Thomas, and Aucilla Springs. Together they form a large river – the Wacissa River. This river since the beginning is some 100 m wide and has incredibly lucid water.

Description of Wacissa Springs Group

Log Spring is the westernmost spring in the Wacissa Springs Group. It flows from a limestone fissure and is up to 7.7 m deep.

Thomas Spring is below Log Spring and also is a limestone fissure, up to 2.4 m deep. It has an output of some 850 l/s.

Wacissa Spring No. 1 is further below Thomas Spring and is up to 2.9 m deep.

Wacissa Spring No. 2 is the central spring at the boat ramp. It has up to 2.4 m deep spring pool.

Wacissa Spring No. 3 is to the east of the car parking area and has a shallow, up to 0.6 m deep pool over it.

Wacissa Spring No. 4 is south of the previous spring and is some 1.3 m deep.

Further below along the Wacissa River are located other springs. The most famous among them is Wacissa Big Blue Spring – a gorgeous, deep blue spring that is surrounded by the lush Floridian swamp forest.

Wacissa River flows some 19 km until it falls into Aucilla River. Further below its waters become a part of another giant spring or, technically, river rise: Nutall Rise.

Wacissa Springs Group is accessible by car and boat. Next to the springs is a car parking area, a recreational area, and a boat ramp. The springs themselves are not too noticeable, but the area is picturesque and a canoe ride in the lucid water might be very interesting, especially if one is interested in the rich wildlife in the surrounding forest and in the river.

Wacissa Springs Group is included in the list of Outstanding Florida Springs – a list of 24 unique springs.

References

  1. Springs of Florida (PDF file), Florida Geological Survey, Bulletin No. 66, 2004. Accessed on December 25, 2022.

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