In the mid to late 1800s, this section of the Suwannee River was an important highway for steamboats carrying supplies and agricultural products to and from local plantations. The establishment of railroads signaled the end of the steamboat era. Lafayette Blue Springs has been a public park for many years. It became a state park in 2005 and consists of approximately 702 acres.
Lafayette Blue Springs State Park is one of nine state parks on the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail, which stretches 170 miles from White Springs to the Gulf of Mexico. Canoeing and kayaking are popular recreations.
The cabins at Lafayette Blue Springs State Park offer the best in vacation get-aways. Each cabin has accommodations for six people and include a dishwasher, fireplace and large screened porch.
Swimming in the constant 72 degree spring is a refreshing experience. Snorkeling provides a different view of the spring.
The first magnitude spring is the dominant natural feature in the park. With a daily flowing ranging from a low of 14 million gallons to an impressive 168 million gallons a day, the 72 degree water from the spring travels several hundred feet to the Suwannee River. A walk along the river bank or down the shaded roads reveals upland mixed forests with oaks, hickory and maple.
In March 2008, the park celebrated the grand opening of the cabins and the designation of those cabins at Green Lodges. On hand to offer congratulations was DEP Deputy Secretary Bob Ballard, Florida State Parks Director Michael Bullock along with leaders from the Suwannee River Water Management District and the Lafayette County Commission.