With Manatee Season ending in March, I would like to take this time to THANK YOU and everyone who supported Blue Spring State Park.
This Manatee Season, the park reached a new record in our Blue Spring Daily Manatee Count, with 485 manatees showing up for roll call one cold morning in January. The manatees conveniently huddled up and used the protected 72 degree warm water sanctuary to stay warm while river temperatures dropped into the upper 40s. In addition to this already active season, The Friends of Blue Spring State Park and Volunteers Support Group, were successful in accomplishing and completing important projects in the park. Projects included building a new information kiosk at the Sand Pine Scrub Campground, building and repairing fences and boardwalks in our Day-use area, as well as leading educational Manatee Programs for the public. Again, none of these projects could have been accomplished without your support…“Thank you!”
Now with spring time approaching and with the St John’s River starting to warm up, the majority of the manatees are beginning to swim back out into the river. This means Blue Spring State Park will be re-open the Spring Run area for water activities around Mid-March.
What makes Blue Spring State Park so unique and special in my opinion is that during the colder months we are the best place to observe manatees and other wildlife such as fish, turtles, birds and alligators in their natural, well protected habitat without disturbance by people. Then, during the warmer months the park is a wonderful place for recreation, having fun in the sun, and cooling off in the first- magnitude spring waters (that discharges over 100 million of water daily into St. Johns River).
Spring time is one of my favorite seasons here at Blue Spring State Park, with air temperatures just right for walking on the trails, along the boardwalk that leads to the spring boil, or to simply cool off by taking a dip into the crisp 72 degree spring water. There is swimming, tubing, snorkeling, and scuba diving, or biking, hiking and even birding for rare birds like the Bald Eagle and Florida Scrub Jay.
I know we have a lot to do here and I am sure you will find the right adventure that will appeal to you and help you connect with yourself and your surroundings.
Blue Spring has a designated carrying capacity. In the park planning process, officials from within our agency as well as partner agencies determined the daily load of people our resources and facilities can hold without degrading the park's resources and accounting for visitor safety. When the park has reached capacity, no day-use visitors will gain entry into the park until parking becomes available.
Here at Blue Spring we also have camping and cabins. That car you see leaving may not have actually freed up a spot for you to park. That being said, park staff works EXTREMELY hard to make sure all of the spots are filled.
We have plenty of room for you and your family and friends to barbeque and picnic in the Day-use area near the water. Once you are in the park, you will be able to order lunch, visit the gift shop, rent canoes and kayaks or enjoy a guided boat tour from one of our concessionaires.
And remember, please respect any wildlife in its natural habitat.
Thank you so much!
Sincerely Your Park Manager,