Citrus Blue Spring Kayak Tour
One of the few large springs feeding the Withlacoochee other than the Rainbow River.
Favorite swimming hole. Not always an easy paddle. Not for out of shape or beginner
paddlers due to the strenuous nature. Start upstream from the launch. Paddle for two
hours against the current. A dip in a beautiful spring is the reward.
Citrus Blue Spring has a roughly circular pool that measures 120 ft (36.6 m) in diameter.
The east side of the spring pool is partly enclosed by a man-made, five foot high dike.
The spring depression is relatively shallow and uniform except at the vent in the
center where depth measures 22 ft (6.7 m). A slight boil was observed over the vent
during October 2002. The color of the water is bluish-green, and the sand bottom has
substantial aquatic grass cover with sparse algae. Spring flow is directed
northwestward through a 30 ft (9.1 m) wide man-made canal, eventually discharging
into the Withlacoochee River approximately 0.4 miles (0.6 km) downstream. The canal
has a sand bottom with abundant detritus as well as abundant aquatic vegetation.
Before the dike was constructed, the spring apparently discharged eastward
approximately 150 ft (45.7 m) into the river. The spring is within the forested
Withlacoochee River floodplain. The spring reportedly has an extensive cavern system
that opens southward to a depth of at least 180 ft (54.9 m) below the spring surface.
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