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Salt Springs

Picture Of Salt Spring

Salt Springs run, facing Southeast.
Spring opening is just below the surface, off the far bank in the center of this photo.

LOCATION: (lat. 28°17'34.7" N., long. 82°43'03.2" W.)

Salt Spring is located in Pasco County, FL, 500ft South of Salt Springs Road, behind the Gulfview Square Mall in Port Richey.


This beautiful site is part of the Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park. At the time this description was written, the area around the spring had not yet been altered by the parks department. When looking for Salt Spring, the most obvious thing you will notice are the two natural limestone bridges over the springs run. Follow the run East, the spring flows from a small opening just below the waters surface on the Southern bank. A boil can be seen on the waters surface at low tide. The opening is covered with slime and is just big enough to squeeze into with a set of doubles. It's real tight and lot's of nasty detritus gets knocked loose trashing the vis but it does have a little solution tube that drops down and opens up into a couple of large chambers. Maximum depth is around 320 ft and visiblity is quite clear. Hopefully the parks department will extend the "diver friendly" attitude found in many of the other State Parks built around Florida springs. I'm sure we'll see a map of this system in the near future.

Old picture of the spring, around1908

Link to the Florida State Parks Department site