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Pot Spring - Lee FL


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

Pot Spring is located approximately 1.3 miles south of the SR 6 bridge over the Withlacoochee River. It is also accessible via land by following the signs just east of the SR 6 bridge.

Description - Pot Spring was not flowing during the November 2002 visit and the spring pool was filled by the tannic Withlacoochee River. The pool is oval shaped, measuring 30 ft northeast to southwest by 22 ft northwest to southeast. Depth measures 14 ft. When the spring is flowing, the water is clear and bluish-green. A wooden platform borders the southeast section of the pool. On the northeast side, stairs lead from the spring up to a picnic area and parking lot. SRWMD land surrounds the pool and rises to 15 ft above the water surface. Vegetation on the sides of the pool is sparse and includes grasses, palmettos, and cypress trees. The spring is used as a local swimming hole. Discharge on June 15, 1998 measured 38.19 ft3/s.

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SantaFeSandy - 11/03/2016 9:59 AM
I went scuba diving here on 11/2/2016. Average viz: 26-30ft/8-9m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Beautiful dive with my buddy, who originally mapped this site many years ago, Guy Bryant. This is what sidemount is all about. Getting low for the dough, and exploring cave passage that often silts out. Total penetration for this dive was approximately 2100 feet. Max depth was 82 feet.

Here is Guy’s post dive report:

"The current at the entrance was strong, we had to pull hard to get inside. Once inside where the cave opens up the current was easily swimmed against.

"The vis up to the first "T" in the line was slightly cloudy with a lot of particulates indicating that someone had dived here recently. Once we passed the first "T" the vis improved to crystal clear with no particulates.

"We first took the left fork and went to the "boulder room" to look at the boulder that had slid and was blocking the tunnel. We then turned and went back to the 1st "T". Next, we went upstream to the 2nd "T", took the left and dropped down the crevice to 80ft depth and went downstream to look at the backside of the boulder that had slide and blocked the tunnel.

"We then went back to the 2nd "T" and continued upstream to the end of the main line, turned and exited. Total bottom time of 66 min with 13 min deco [on air, but not for me on Nitrox] at 10ft."

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