Blue Spring State Park


Also found in: Wikipedia.

Blue Spring State Park


Location:2 miles west of Orange City on French Avenue.
Facilities:51 full-facility campsites, primitive campsite, (4-mile hike-in), 6 cabins, restrooms (é), picnic areas/pavilions, concessions, restaurant, fishing pier, canoe rentals, nature trails, interpretive exhibit.
Activities:Camping, boating, canoeing/kayaking, freshwater fishing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking, guided boat tours, wildlife viewing.
Special Features:The largest spring on the Saint Johns River, Blue Spring is a designated Manatee Refuge and winter home to a growing population of West Indian manatees. The spring's 73 degree water is crystal clear.
Address:2100 W French Ave
Orange City, FL 32763

Phone:386-775-3663
Web: www.floridastateparks.org/bluespring
Size: 2,202 acres land; 442 acres water.

See other parks in Florida.
References in periodicals archive ?
Southwest: Lake Murray State Park, Oklahoma; Great Lakes: Itasca State Park, Minnesota; Southwest: Blue Spring State Park, Florida; Midwest: El Dorado State Park, Kansas; West Mountain: Cave Lake State Park, Nevada; Southern: Fall Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee; and North Atlantic, Wellington State Park, New Hampshire.
The Blue Spring State Park near St Johns River is also a manatee refuge, with hundreds of the mysterious creatures arriving every year to shelter in Florida's warm waters.
The five manatees were released at Blue Spring State Park, where a spring keeps the water above 70 degrees.
Now he is a park ranger at Blue Spring State Park, a wildlife refuge in northeastern Florida.
Side trip: Deland's Blue Spring State Park, a winter refuge for a herd of 60 manatees.
The site also includes multi-media stories introducing people like Adam Delaney, a bass fishing guide who helps others catch the river's legendary largemouth bass, and Wayne Hartley, a park ranger who has been monitoring manatees at Blue Spring State Park for 25 years.