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Friday, August 31, 2007

Wild Observations: Making a visit to Otter Springs

Published August 31, 2007
The second week in August proved to be another active one for me. One day I joined friends for an exploration trip to Otter Springs. We'd never been there and wanted to check it out. It's a privately owned place north of Fanning Springs. New owners recently bought the place, which has cabins, camping and RV sites, a large covered recreation building, bath houses and, of course, the spring.

The water level is down, but a deep area over a limestone trench offers cool swimming. The clear water allows good views of the rough limestone walls and fish that roam among them. The water runs from the deep part and winds out to the Suwannee. I walked and floated a section of this shallow stream, sometimes stepping on silty sand where lots of snail shells lay, and sometimes sinking into squishy green growth where fish darted away.
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