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Santa Fe River, Florida

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The Santa Fe River is a 75mi river in northern Florida. The watershed of the river is approximately 1380sqmi and spreads across southern Columbia, southern Suwannee, western Bradford, far southern Baker, Union, northern and eastern Gilchrist, and northern Alachua counties. The headwaters of the river are Lake Santa Fe, near Keystone Heights. The Santa Fe River is usually a slow-flowing river. This slow speed, combined with the abundant leaf-drop from nearby trees, especially Bald Cypress, leads to a very dark-brown river.
The Santa Fe River is unusual in that it completely disappears underground and then reappears downstream. The river drops into a large sinkhole in O'Leno State Park and reappears in the adjacent River Rise Preserve State Park. A map of the watershed clearly shows the gap in the river where it flows underground. Springs like Gilchrist Blue, Ginnie, Hornsby, Lily, Poe, and Rum Island springs are located at the banks of the river, mostly downstream of the river's reappearance above ground level.
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  • I first learned of the Santa Fe River in early 2015. Having tubed the Ichetucknee River years ago, I was interested in returning to the area and visiting the Santa Fe. My wife and I first ventured the...  more »
  • Sante Fe River is filled with beautiful clear springs. Almost of the springs are on private property and you must pay to go on the surrounding land. I used Rum 138 to rent the kayaks and have a shuttl...  more »
  • The burritos are soggy. My rice fell out, my friends laughed, no snooky snooky.
  • Quiet and peaceful in my kayak

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