N. Florida: OW Sites

Open Water Dive Sites of North Florida

Visit here for information on cave dives in the area.

Best for:

  • Ascent Training: Troy
  • Fundies Training: Manatee, Blue Grotto, Troy
  • A Quick, Mostly Shallow Dive: Ginnie Springs (closest)

Tips

  • Address: available on each site’s website.
  • Suggest confirming open status and prices via websites.
  • At State Parks: read the brown signs at the entrance for current rules for each site.
  • All locations have amble parking, picnic tables, and grill stands.

Ginnie Springs, High Springs FL

Devil’s Run

  • $30 plus tax
  • 10 mins West of High Springs
  • Max depth in OW 20ft/6m in very limited areas, most depths 8ft/2.4m max
  • Devil’s Run, Ginnie Springs (ballroom) run, and several other springs on property
  • Several caverns/caves
  • Nice amenities (showers, hot water, changing rooms, bathrooms, covered pavilions)
  • Topside attractions: swimming, tube/kayak/canoe rental, volleyball, onsite deli weekends and summer
  • Floods rarely
  • Hours: Must check-in during office hours: 8-4 winter, 8-6 or later summer. Must be out of park by midnight.
  • http://ginniespringsoutdoors.com/

 

Winter View

Summer View

 

 

 

 

 

 


Blue Grotto, Williston FL

Blue Grotto

  • $40 plus tax
  • 45 mins South of High Springs
  • Max depth in OW 35ft/11m
  • Several platforms at different depths
  • Fish and turtles
  • Can be crowded on weekends
  • Large cavern
  • Nice amenities (showers, hot water, changing rooms, bathrooms, covered pavilions, fill station)
  • Almost never floods
  • Hours: 8am to 5pm
  • http://www.divebluegrotto.com/

Devil’s Den, Williston FL

  • $38 plus tax
  • 45 mins South of High Springs
  • Doubles NOT allowed
  • Max depth in OW is 20ft/6m in limited areas
  • Platform
  • Can be crowded on weekends, esp. Saturday
  • Almost never floods
  • Hours: 9-5 weekdays, 8-5 weekends
  • http://www.devilsden.com/scuba-diving.html

Manatee Springs State Park, Chiefland FL

Catfish Hotel Sink

  • $4pp or $6/car, or park pass
  • 45 mins Southwest of High Springs
  • Catfish Hotel Sink (best for training) and Headspring (high flow)
  • Catfish: Max depth in OW is 35-40ft/12m depending on water level
  • Headspring: Max depth in OW is 20ft/6m
  • Capacity limited and can be crowded on weekends, arrive early
  • Duckweed at Catfish will vary in thickness
  • Amenities: Bathrooms, covered pavilions, changing room
  • Topside attractions: hiking, swimming, kayak/canoe/tube rental, tours/guides, onsite food vendor some days, sometimes manatees in winter
  • Gets better as rivers rise/flood, up until the point that the parking lot floods and park closes
  • Hours: 8am – one hour before sunset
  • https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Manatee-Springs

Fanning Springs State Park, Fanning Springs FL

  • $4pp or $6/car exact change cash, or park pass
  • 45 mins Southwest of High Springs
  • Max depth in OW is 18ft/5m
  • Amenities: bathroom, changing room, covered pavilions
  • Topside attractions: hiking, swimming, sometimes manatees in winter
  • Sensitive to flooding with high river levels
  • Hours: 8am – one hour before sunset
  • https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Fanning-Springs

Troy Springs State Park, Branford FL

Troy Spring

  • $4pp or $5/car exact change cash, or park pass
  • 30 mins North of High Springs
  • Max depth in OW is 70ft/21m
  • Some flow in deep part of sink, still in open water
  • Civil War w/reck in the shallow run
  • Lots of turtles
  • Amenities: bathroom, rinse station
  • Topside attractions: swimming
  • Sensitive to flooding with high river levels
  • Hours: 8am – one hour before sunset
  • https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Troy-Spring

Orange Grove Sink at Peacock Springs State Park, Luraville/Live Oak FL

  • $4/car exact change cash, or park pass
  • 55 mins North of High Springs
  • Max depth in OW 35ft/11m
  • Usually a thin layer of duckweed at surface
  • Amenities: composting toilet, changing room, covered pavilion
  • Topside attractions: swimming, hiking with interpretive trail
  • Moderately-sensitive to flooding with high river levels
  • Hours: 8am – one hour before sunset
  • https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Peacock-Springs

Orange Grove Sink

 

 

 

 

 

 


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