Since this park is only open from Oct to March, now is the time to go check out
The largest of the springs at Ichetucknee
Springs State Parkis often overlooked by
visitors. Called Blue Hole Spring, it is
reached by a 1/3 mile long boardwalk and
One of seven springs that feed the crystal
clear Ichetucknee River, a study of Blue Hole
Spring indicates that it pours out 26,668
gallons of water per minute.
That averages out to more than 38 million
gallons of water per day, although a sign
near the spring puts this number at 67
million gallons per day. Even using the
small number, this averages out to 1.4 billion
gallons per year. The amount of water
pouring from the seven springs combined is
an amazing 85 billion gallons per year.
The numbers are as staggering as Blue
Hole Spring is beautiful. Located in a
beautifully wooded area, it forms a round
pool that is crystal clear and shines blue in
the sunlight. The opening of the spring is
clearly visible, even from the shore, and the
scenery is spectacular.
The spring was called "The Jug" by residents
of the area long before the state park was
established in 1970. This name comes from
the unique shape of the cone or entrance to
Roughly 40 feet deep, The Jug opens into an
aquatic or flooded cave that is popular with
scuba divers. You must be certified to scuba
dive in the spring and it is the only one of the
Ichetucknee Springs where scuba is allowed.
Divers have mapped about 500 feet of the
cave at the bottom of the jug. It winds
through a series of passages to the Blue,
Gray and Loft rooms
THIS IS ONLY FOR CAVERN OR CAVE DIVERS, of course others can come hang out at the park, can even swim or tube if you like. We haven't been before, so make sure you bring your certification cards. Michael and I have a cart, so we will pack that as well.