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Portions of the following information were taken from Florida Geological Survey Bulletin 66.

From the junction of U.S. 27 and Wilson Springs Road in Ft. White, take Wilson Springs Road west approximately 3.8 miles to the boat ramp on the Santa Fe River. Go downriver on the Santa Fe approximately 0.9 mile (1.5 km), past 2 sets of small shoals and a hairpin turn. The spring lies in the riverbed a little toward the north (Columbia County) side of the river.

Description Sunbeam Spring flows from two vents in a riverbed fracture. During the September 2002 visit, a fissure near the north bank of the Santa Fe River was exposed, measuring 7 ft long and up to 1 ft wide. The water flowing from this vent has excellent clarity. The second vent is located to the north of the first and was inundated by the river during the visit. The clarity of the water coming from the second vent is poor and the color is brownish green. Each of the vents produces a prominent boil on the water surface. The adjacent riverbank rises gently to 3 ft above the water surface and there is a wooden deck 100 ft northwest of the two vents. A forested riparian corridor surrounds the river at the spring. Discharge measured September 9, 1997 was 45.6 cfs.
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Latitude: 29.92809443
Longitude: -82.76981389
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Maximum Depth: 80'
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Date Submitter Visbility Remarks
10/15/2022 Teddy Endless I replaced line in entire cave with some thick #72, all old line has been removed. There were many broken sections with a bunch of repairs and I'm happy to observe my replacement line has held up well over the last 18 months. Flow in this cave is outrageously strong and in a wetsuit with sidewinder and LP45's I need to remove a tank to fit in and out of the entrance. There's a restriction at the end of the main line that requires removing tanks, rebreather, harness, fins etc to fit through. The line continues for another 250' or so and becomes too small to advance. Someday I'll finish the survey. Cheers, Teddy
5/2/2020 CC Rider 100 Beautiful cave, line in good condition. Fun entrance, formations in pristine shape. Low flow due to high river levels but still excellent clarity.
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 Overview Information Available for Jug Spring  Jug Spring 80 True True False 1/12/2023 3.6
 Overview Information Available for Ginnie Springs - Devils Ear / Eye  Ginnie Springs - Devil's Ear / Eye 173 True True True 9/28/2021 7.8
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 Overview Information Available for Treehouse Spring  Treehouse Spring 65 True False False 9/1/2019 11.2
 Overview Information Available for Gator Hole Spring  Gator Hole Spring 115 True False False 6/7/2019 10.1
   Gator Hole Sink 115 True False False 5/18/2019 10.2
 Overview Information Available for Ginnie Springs - Ginnie Spring  Ginnie Springs - Ginnie Spring 60 False True True 9/25/2018 7.6
 Overview Information Available for Jesss Hole  Jess's Hole True False False 7/4/2017 8.4
 Overview Information Available for Wilson Spring  Wilson Spring True False False 7/18/2015 2.1
 Overview Information Available for Rock Bluff Spring  Rock Bluff Spring 65 True False False 5/10/2015 12.6
 Overview Information Available for Ginnie Springs - Dogwood Spring  Ginnie Springs - Dogwood Spring 43 True False False 9/7/2014 7.3
 Overview Information Available for Rose Creek - Sink  Rose Creek - Sink 165 True True False 7/4/2011 10.7
 Overview Information Available for Ginnie Springs - Little Devils  Ginnie Springs - Little Devil's True False False 7/1/2011 7.8
   Syphon Creek - Resurgence True False False 6/23/2011 5.4
 Overview Information Available for Rose Creek - Swallet  Rose Creek - Swallet 40 True False False 2/5/2011 10.8
   Vampire Sink True False False 11/21/2010 12.6
 Overview Information Available for Branford Spring  Branford Spring 101 True False False 1/16/2010 9.7
 Overview Information Available for Darby Spring  Darby Spring True False False 4/7/2009 11.1
 Overview Information Available for Rose Creek - Mccormick Sink  Rose Creek - Mccormick Sink 150 True True False 3/1/2009 10
 Overview Information Available for Turtle Spring  Turtle Spring True False False 12/26/2007 9.1
   Syphon Creek - Big Awesome 110 True False False 5.9
   Syphon Creek - Lil' Awesome 80 True False False 5.8
 Overview Information Available for Sawdust Spring  Sawdust Spring True False False 7.3
   Syphon Creek - Swallow Hole 188 True False False 5.7
   Double Sink True False False 12.7
   Syphon Creek - Track One True False False 5.4