Withlacooche River Water Quality Advisory
Effective June 24, 2021: The Madison County Health Department has posted an alert for high bacteria levels in the Withlacoochee River that borders Madison Blue Springs State Park.
Know Before You Go
Effective May 21, 2021: Madison Blue Spring State Park is a popular park from Memorial Day to Labor Day, especially on weekends and holidays. Please plan to come early, as the park will close when it reaches full capacity. Please plan your trip accordingly.
Madison Blue Spring was once used by local inhabitants as a fresh water source. The waters flow from a large cavern 25 feet deep contributes to 23.7% of flow into the opposite direction of the Withlacoochee River, resulting in a large arc of clear water and swept river bottom.
The park is an internationally known cave diving destination and the cave systems provide recreational opportunities and spectacular underwater scenery. Over 26,000 feet of underground passages have been explored to date (Gulden and Coke 2014) and provides a habitat for three imperiled species of cave-dwelling invertebrates.
Located approximately 12 miles upstream from the confluence of the Withlacoochee and the Suwannee River, the park protects nationally significant examples of karst topography, including limestone outcroppings and an array of unique sinkhole types.