This spring also was not on my sampling list, primarily because it was not on the Suwannee, Santa Fe, or the St. Johns and I restricted my visits to those watersheds for the most part. I stopped by this one on my way home from Troy Spring so that eventually I can say that I have seen all the Blue Springs in Florida (there are a lot). This spring is in a county park and there were only a couple of other visitors there that day, late on a Thursday afternoon, although the park manager mentioned that kids had been swimming in the morning.
The headspring of Levy Blue Spring.
The run of Levy Blue Spring. The run looked lovely, although I am not sure if it was passable.
The spring was very green and yet impressively full of fish, sunfish (Lepomis sp.), largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides), lake chubsuckers (Erimyzon sucetta), Florida gar (Lepisosteus platyrhincus), and probably many small fish as well. Sunfish and bass were nesting over much of the sand on the north side of headspring and the redbreast sunfish (Lepomis auritus), in particular, were defending their nests aggressively.
Sunfish defending their nests.
A close up view of a female largemouth bass (M. salmoides) in courtship with a male.
I may have to revisit this spring with my gear because it is in the heart of a preserved area, presuming that I can get a kayak down the run, and fish seem to like it. It flows into the Waccasassa River.