Wakulla Springs Info

In 1837, John Lee Williams, who selected Tallahassee as the site of Florida’s capital, stated that “Wakulla Spring is one of the finest springs in west Florida or probably the world.”  The National Park Service designated the spring as a National Natural Landmark in 1966 because of its outstanding natural values.  Wakulla is one of the largest springs in the U.S and is the terminus of one of the longest and deepest cave systems in the world.

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Restoring Wakulla Springs

There are two parts to protecting a spring. Protecting spring flow and protecting water quality. The simple solutions too both are use less water and reduce nitrate. The Wakulla Springs Alliance goal to protect spring flow is that “the flow should be glass bottom boat tour clear (at least 75 feet) an average of six months a year, as it was from 1987-1993, and be maintained at an average of 400 million gallons per day.

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Wakulla Springs Alliance

The Wakulla Springs Alliance is striving to protect and restore spring flow, water quality and the ecological health of Wakulla Spring and River. The alliance is composed of scientists, and other experts knowledgeable of the local hydrology, land use planning, local government, water use and education. We work collaboratively with other organizations to support federal, state and local government agencies in protecting our local water resources from further decline with emphasis on Wakulla Spring.

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Next Steps...

Help with the restoration and legacy of Wakulla Springs, please contact us and donate to the preservation of this amazing place...

Wakulla Springs Alliance gratefully acknowledges the help by the many people that have contributed content and images to this website including: Florida State Historical Library, David Moynahan Photographer, Robert Thompson Photographer, Rob Gelhardt Photographer, Phil Gerrell Photographer the scuba divers of the Woodville Karst Plain Project and Bonnie Allen – Assistant park manager. All images are copyright of their respective photographers.