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Camp Seminole Spring main view

Camp Seminole Spring main view

Camp Seminole Spring

Marion County

Description

Camp Seminole Spring is a fourth-magnitude spring with a heart-shaped pool about 115 feet long by 90 feet wide that is enclosed by a concrete wall. Clear water issues from a 4-foot-wide sand boil on the west side of the pool at the end of the dock. No boil was visible on the pool’s surface. It is believed to be man-made. A working gristmill adjacent to the spring pool marks the outlet to the spring run, which flows toward the north about 0.2 mile to Orange Creek. A well is used to supplement the flow. The property, spring pool, and gristmill were originally developed as a honeymoon resort in the 1970s and later purchased by the Girl Scouts for use as a camp. The property also has several other smaller springs in Orange Creek, flowing from the hillside overlooking the creek’s floodplain.

Camp Seminole Spring outlet

Camp Seminole Spring outlet

Discharge

Discharge from Camp Seminole Spring, measured by the U.S. Geological Survey in May 1999, was 0.79 cubic feet per second.

Water quality

Camp Seminole Spring was sampled by St. Johns River Water Management District in 2002. The water quality data for selected variables are shown in the table below.

Summary statistics of water quality and discharge
at Camp Seminole Spring

Camp Seminole Spring Value Period
Discharge, cfs 0.79 1999
Alkalinity, total, mg/L as CaCO3 129.0 2002
Calcium, total, mg/L as Ca 38.6 2002
Chloride, total, mg/L as Cl 5.3 2002
Fluoride, total, mg/L as F 0.16 2002
Magnesium, total, mg/L as Mg 7.4 2002
Nitrate + nitrite, total, mg/L as N 0.01 2002
Orthophosphate, total, mg/L as P 0.08 2002
pH, field 7.94 2002
Sodium, total, mg/L as Na 3.6 2002
Specific conductance, field, µmhos/cm at 25°C 264 2002
Total dissolved solids, mg/L 150 2002
Water temperature, °C 22.2 2002
Units: µmhos/cm = micromhos per centimeter
         mg/L = milligrams per liter
         cfs = cubic feet per second

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