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

Horseshoe Spring is located on private property approximately 2.8 miles southwest of the town of Aripeka on central Florida’s Gulf Coast. It is approximately 0.8 miles due east (inland) from Horse Island.

Description - Horseshoe Spring is so named because of its distinct horseshoe-shaped spring pool and upper spring run section. The spring emerges from an elongated, curved fissure in the limestone that measures 16.6 ft deep and is 100 ft long. The spring bottom is limestone with a thin layer of dark silt. The water was tannic and slightly turbid in March 2003. The spring run begins flowing eastward, then it curves around and flows northwest, creating a narrow peninsula of land between the upper spring run section and the spring pool. There are numerous karst features along the bottom of the uppermost portion of the spring run. The spring run meanders northwest through marsh 0.8 miles into Fillman Bayou. Land east of the spring is heavily forested, and land to the west is open marsh.
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Latitude: 28.39533
Longitude: -82.68467
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Private Propert
Date Submitter Visbility Remarks
1/10/2009 Walter Pickel 5' Eric and I made the trek from The Jewel parking area...What a nice freaking walk (NOT)...Viz in the basin was 5' or less and you were in constant survelliance of about 100 Gar that have taken up residence. This system is NOT springing and going through the manhole at 12' will cause complete loss of visibility.
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Description Type Date Author Remarks
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System Depth Cave Cavern OW Last Report Distance (mi)
   Lost 40 165 True False False 7/15/2023 13
 Overview Information Available for Hospital Hole  Hospital Hole 143 False True True 4/30/2023 10.1
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   Bulldozer Sink 60 False True True 3/22/2020 10.2
   Palm Sink 197 True True True 10/15/2019 2.9
   Rock Sink False False True 3/24/2019 8.1
 Overview Information Available for Diepolder III  Diepolder III 300 True False False 5/27/2017 12.9
 Overview Information Available for Salt Spring  Salt Spring 330 True False False 12/13/2014 7.3
 Overview Information Available for Waynes World  Wayne's World 280 True False False 8/16/2013 2
 Overview Information Available for Twin Dees  Twin Dees 335 True False False 8/3/2013 10.3
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 Overview Information Available for Weeki Wachee Spring  Weeki Wachee Spring 407 True False True 4/28/2012 10.8
 Overview Information Available for Diepolder II  Diepolder II 360 True False False 12/23/2010 12.7
   Free Ride Cave 120 True False False 10/10/2009 0.8
 Overview Information Available for Cedar Island Springs  Cedar Island Springs False False False 9/19/2009 1.7
   Double Keyhole 230 True False False 1/11/2009 1.5
   Heart Spring 270 True True False 8/3/2008 4.7
 Overview Information Available for Bobhill Springs  Bobhill Springs False False False 12/29/2007 3.8
 Overview Information Available for Jewfish Sink  Jewfish Sink 200 True False False 9/2/2007 2.8
   The Jewel 315 True True False 6/2/2006 1.2
 Overview Information Available for Beacon Woods - Round Sink  Beacon Woods - Round Sink 150 True True False 9/25/2005 4.4
 Overview Information Available for Jenkins Creek  Jenkins Creek 50 True False False 9.3
 Overview Information Available for Beacon Woods - Smokehouse Pond  Beacon Woods - Smokehouse Pond 150 True False False 3.3
 Overview Information Available for Hospital Spring  Hospital Spring 40 False True False 10
   Wolf Sink False False False 10.8
   Star Sun Spring 120 True False False 0.7
   Snook Spring 120 True False False 0.7
 Overview Information Available for Joes Sink  Joe's Sink 60 True False True 12.7
   Coffee Sink False False False 6.6
   Nemesis Sink 250 True True True 6.7
   Whiskey Spring True False False 7.1
 Overview Information Available for Beacon Woods - Stratamax  Beacon Woods - Stratamax 150 True False False 3.5
   Garden World Sink 250 True False False 2.2
 Overview Information Available for Beacon Woods - Briar Sink  Beacon Woods - Briar Sink 150 True False False 3.4
 Overview Information Available for Beacon Woods - Golfball  Beacon Woods - Golfball 150 True False False 3.3
   Gar Spring True False False 7
   Cauldron Spring 85 True False False 7.7
   Brett's Toilet Bowl 40 True False False 7.7
   Willow Sink True False False 10.5
   Nursery Sink 214 True False False 12.2
 Overview Information Available for Marys Sink  Mary's Sink 58 True False True 12.7
 Overview Information Available for Beacon Woods - Nexxus  Beacon Woods - Nexxus 150 True False False 4