Tampa’w Q105 has placed Rum Island Spring, so near and dear to OSFR, as fifth in the state as to top ranked swimming holes. Not far off is Ichetucknee Spring, our fine tributary, as number 2 and a bit down from Rum Island is Ginnie, at number4.
What you see in these pictures is why OSFR and other groups like us do what we do. If our resource managers have their way, these treasures will soon be no more and our descendants may find dry holes here. Like White Springs, and like many others the managers have managed into oblivion.
Enjoy while you can.
Thanks go to Ichetucknee Alliance for alerting us to this news release.
Read the article here or go to the on line link.
The 5 Best Swimming Holes In Florida Will Make Your Summer Epic
Florida has some of the most beautiful natural swimming locales in the country. You should definitely check these out this summer, but remember there are more potential dangers than at the pool (including alligators), and there is usually no lifeguard on duty. Always accompany children and weaker swimmers and research potential dangers before your trip. Be safe and have fun!
1. Juniper Springs
Featuring sparkling water under palms and oaks in the Ocala National Forest, Juniper Springs is one of the East Coast’s oldest and best loved recreation areas.
2. Ichetucknee SpringsState Park
Ichetucknee is a very popular place to cool off in the summer, and the head spring is a National Natural Landmark.
Every red-blooded Floridian should tube the Ichetucknee at least once!
3. Troy Spring State Park
This park in Branford, FL, houses not only a perfect swimming spot but also the remains of a Civil War-era steamboat deliberately sunk by its owner to prevent it from falling into enemy hands. Pretty cool, right?
4. Ginnie Springs
Ginnie Springs in High Springs, FL, is one of the clearest and most beautiful springs in the state. It’s perfect for swimming and tubing, and a great place to snorkel and dive!
5. Rum Island
Rum Island is a picturesque little park in Fort White, FL. Its glassy waters are perfect for exploring. Whether you’re canoeing, kayaking, swimming, or snorkeling, it’s all good here.