“1 of the cleanest springs in America”
Cypress Springs, located in Northwest Florida, has a rather large spring basin. The outer depths are about 25 feet deep but a small opening can be penetrated to a depth of 75 feet. Several cypress trees are in the spring. There use to be a small dive shop and supply store there. This spring was highly populated when it was accesible by land and was a great checkout dive. Florida State University had it's dive training here for several years. If you go, I suggest bringing everything you need with you including a wetsuit. This spring offers a good half day dive/swim. Unfortunately in 2002 Cypress Springs and the surrounding land was purchased by Nestle Waters to bottle water. This is now private property and only accessible by canoe or small boat. You must launch at a ramp on Holmes Creek several miles downstream and paddle upstream to reach the spring. Some parts of the river are very shallow. The journey is worth the paddle. Sadly this is another amazing natural resource that a large corporation has taken over for their own profit. We've seen it happen to several springs throughout Florida and to make things worse they've closed access by land to something that belongs to the people. The great thing is navigable rivers are owned by the public under law so you can still access this gem. Bring your snorkeling gear, as a dive into Cypress Springs is one of the highlights of the paddle offering you the opportunity to get up close and personal with a beautiful spring boil.
The water bottling may be causing harm to the springs in this region. To learn more visit: http://www.saveoursprings.com/
Tried to go this time last year, it was difficult to find. Led us down a dead end dirt road.
A paddle down Holmes Creek to Cypress Springs is a great day trip. There are several outfitters in the area for canoes, kayaks and paddleboards. Beautiful, crystal clear water that is extremely cold--pick a warm, sunny day to explore. There are still two rope swings, and a small beach perfect for a picnic. Even after getting caught in an afternoon rainstorm, we still had a great time with the kids.
By boat only!
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