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An Essay on the Chassahowitzka

Chassahowitzka Main Spring (or Devil’s Punchbowl)
From intersection of U.S. 19 and U.S. 98, go west on Highway 480, a.k.a. Miss Maggie's Drive. Follow 1.7 miles to the end, passing small homes and the Chassahowitzka River Lodge on the right. Turn right at signs for the Chassahowitzka River Campground and follow to headwaters. From the boat ramp, go upstream about 100 feet to the spring, in the middle upper portion of the basin.

Chassahowitzka Solution Holes (or Chassahowitzka #1)
From intersection of U.S. 19 and U.S. 98, go west on Highway 480, a.k.a. Miss Maggie's Drive. Follow 1.7 miles to the end, passing small homes and the Chassahowitzka River Lodge on the right. T urn right at signs for the Chassahowitzka River Campground and follow to headwaters. From the boat ramp, go upstream to the right (east) behind the main spring basin and into the manmade channel about 50 feet. Turn left into run and the solution holes are in the run.

Crab Creek (Crab or McCrabb or Three Sisters) Springs
From intersection of U.S. 19 and U.S. 98, go west on Highway 480, a.k.a. Miss Maggie's Drive. Follow 1.7 miles to the end, passing small homes and the Chassahowitzka River Lodge on the right. Turn right at signs for the Chassahowitzka River Campground and follow to headwaters. From the boat ramp, go downriver about 250 feet and then go right or north into Crab Creek and about 200 feet to the springs on the west side and at the back of the run.

The Crack (or Miss Maggie's Crack or Baird) Spring
From intersection of U.S. 19 and U.S. 98, go west on Highway 480, a.k.a. Miss Maggie's Drive. Follow 1.7 miles to the end, passing small homes and the Chassahowitzka River Lodge on the right. Turn right at signs for the Chassahowitzka River Campground and follow to headwaters. From the boat ramp, go downriver about ½ mile and then turn south (left) into either of two openings of Baird Creek, which flows around a tiny island at the mouth of the run. Paddle up main channel for ½ mile to large basin for Blue Spring. Pass through a narrow opening at the back right of the pool and continue upstream another 100 yards until the creek is too shallow to navigate. Walk up the creek another 250 feet to the spring.

Ruth Spring
From intersection of U.S. 19 and U.S. 98, go west on Highway 480, a.k.a. Miss Maggie's Drive. Follow 1.7 miles to the end, passing small homes and the Chassahowitzka River Lodge on the right. Turn right at signs for the Chassahowitzka River Campground and follow to headwaters. From the boat ramp, go downriver about two miles, passing the three tree-covered islands and the remains of an old railroad trestle that once crossed the river. The creek is over 300 feet wide at this point, and estuary-like. After the trestle, move to the right (north) side of the river and go perhaps another 800-1,000 feet to mouth of Potter Creek. Paddle (or pole/plow in low tide) up the creek about ¾ mile to the spring at the creek’s headwaters at Potter Spring. The water gets somewhat deeper in the run. The bottom becomes shallow and rocky near Potter Spring.

Lettuce Creek Spring
From intersection of U.S. 19 and U.S. 98, go west on Highway 480, a.k.a. Miss Maggie's Drive. Follow 1.7 miles to the end, passing small homes and the Chassahowitzka River Lodge on the right. Turn right at signs for the Chassahowitzka River Campground and follow to headwaters. From the boat ramp, go downriver 1-2 minutes from the mouth of Crab Creek, past stand of wild rice on the left, and look for small entrance/mouth of Lettuce Spring run. Paddle up run ½ mile or so to spring.

Potter Spring
From intersection of U.S. 19 and U.S. 98, go west on Highway 480, a.k.a. Miss Maggie's Drive. Follow 1.7 miles to the end, passing small homes and the Chassahowitzka River Lodge on the right. Turn right at signs for the Chassahowitzka River Campground and follow to headwaters. From the boat ramp, go downriver about two miles, passing the three tree-covered islands and the remains of an old railroad trestle that once crossed the river. The creek is over 300 feet wide at this point, and estuary-like. After the trestle, move to the right (north) side of the river and go perhaps another 800-1,000 feet to mouth of Potter Creek. Paddle (or pole/plow in low tide) up the creek about ¾ mile to the spring at the creek’s headwaters. The water gets somewhat deeper in the run. The bottom becomes shallow and rocky near the spring.

Crystal River/King’s Bay Springs Group

Three Sisters Springs (Crystal River)
In a modified natural inlet/canal on the east side of King’s Bay, at the head of a run blocked by concrete pilings—see map.

Hunter (or American Legion) Spring
Just offshore at Hunter Spring Municipal Park in Crystal River. The spring is about 100 feet offshore in the middle of Hunter Spring Run on the north side. The run is on the east side of King’s Bay

Catfish Spring
The spring is at the end of a dock just west of the boat ramp at the Best Western Hotel.

King’s (or Tarpon or Tarpon Hole) Spring
About 250 feet south of alcove on south side of Banana Island in King’s Bay. The spring is adjacent to Grand Canyon Spring and Mullet’s Gullet Spring—see map.

Gator (or Gator Hole or Crystal or Magnolia) Springs
In a neighborhood in a natural inlet near Three Sisters and Idiots’ Delight Springs. Gator Spring is in the NE corner of the inlet, near the shore and adjacent to the back yard of a house. The second spring (Magnolia) is smaller and located about 150 feet south of Gator Spring adjacent to the undeveloped east bank near a cedar tree.

Jurassic Spring
Located adjacent to an apartment/condominium complex near the eastern end of the Hunter Spring run in Crystal River

Artesian Spring
At King’s Bay Lodge in Crystal River.

Little Hidden Spring
At the northern tip of an island (GET NAME) in SE King’s Bay and part of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. The island is just north of Buzzard Island and Paradise point on the mainland. Look for the mouth of the run across from tall reeds where the channel around the island opens up into King’s Bay

Unnamed Spring by Banana Island
Located in a small alcove at the NE corner of Banana Island, just below the narrow pass between Banana and (NAME?) island to the NE. The spring is also almost directly west of Paradise Point.

Independence Spring
Next to police station in the town of Crystal River along U.S. 19.

Homosassa Spring
Located along U.S. 19 in Homosassa (main entrance to Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park). Alternatively, go directly to the spring by turning west onto Highway 490 (Halls River Road) in Homosassa. Go about ½ mile, then turn left (SW) unto Fish Bowl Drive and proceed less than a mile to the spring on the right.

Bluebird Spring
From U.S. 19 in Homosassa, turn south onto Highway 480 (Yulee Drive). Continue about a mile, then turn left onto Blue Bird Springs Road. There is a sign for the park at the turn.

Echo Spring
From U.S. 19 in Homosassa, turn west onto Highway 490 (Halls River Road). After about ½ mile, turn left onto Fish Bowl Road. Go about 1 mile, passing entrance to Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park, continuing over a spring run on a small bridge. The spring is on the left, about 80 yards past the bridge, in the back yard of several houses. The spring can also be viewed from Spring Cove Road. 100 yards after the bridge, turn left onto Spring Cove Road. The spring is on the left, behind two houses, at 9491 Spring Cove Road.

Hall's River Spring
From intersection of SR 490A and U.S. 19 in Homosassa, go north on U.S. 19 for approximately (not measured) 2 miles. Look for sign for Riversport Kayaks at 2300 S. Suncoast Boulevard. Put in at boat launch and take canal to main channel of Hall's River; proceed upriver to headwaters, a total distance of perhaps a mile. Lat. 28.49.36.509, Long. 82.34.49.176.

Pumphouse Spring
From U.S. 19 in Homosassa, turn west onto Highway 490 (Halls River Road). After about ½ mile, turn left onto Fish Bowl Road. Go about 1 mile, passing entrance to Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park, continuing over a spring run on a small bridge. 100 yards after the bridge, turn left onto Spring Cove Road. The spring is on the left, adjacent to a small building/pumphouse, at 9299 Spring Cove Road.