Swimming and Diving Closure
At this time the spring is closed to swimming and diving due to unsafe water conditions caused by the river rising and browning out the spring. All other park amenities will remain open. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. As soon as the water conditions improve, we will reopen the spring. For more information, call the 850-971-5003.
Madison Blue Spring was once used by local inhabitants as a fresh water source. The water flow from a large cavern 25 feet deep contributes to 23.7 percent 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 in which 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.