The eponymous spring at Rum Island is a single fissure in the SW portionof the 200-foot-diameter pool that it forms NW of
Rum Island. The water is clear and greenish in tint, and in thedeeper sections is heavily infested with hydrilla. Water flows strongly from a curved flying saucer-shaped cavern entrancethat is about 10 feet long and 3-4 feet high in the center.
Known for: Swimming, accessibility, facilities, scuba, free to the public
Rum Island Experiences & Suggestions (8)
Set 1 of 4
Aug 12, 2017
- My visits to Rum have been fun, inspiring and soul-healing. I've seen the spring in bitter winter, when mists whirled on the water like dancing spirits. I've been followed by a school of tiny fish as I waded in golden water while the rising river encroached into the spring.
May 9, 2016
- Rum Island Springs is located on the Santa Fe River, north of High Springs (Florida). This is a free county park with a concrete boat-ramp and some picnic tables. A couple of porta-potties were noted, but were in need of cleaning.
Set 2 of 4
Apr 29, 2016
- I find it difficult to explain the magic of our springs. You just have to see them or, better yet, swim in their crystal clear waters. Sometimes I tell people that it feels like flying, floating with nothing supporting me from above or below.
Apr 19, 2015
- I've been interested with paddling the Sante Fe for several years now - by chance its just never proceed further than me stopping along it's banks and staring blankly down into it's slow moving tannic waters - always something else down the road.
Set 3 of 4
Mar 25, 2015
- There are more than 36 springs on the Santa Fe down river from the River Rise. We are going to visit 3 of them today as we kayak from Rum Island, which has a spring, up to Poe Springs. It is a free park, no frills with a nice natural boat launch.
Feb 22, 2015
- After a Jose Ole breakfast burrito, and the usual catching up on the Yak Tales, I headed to Rum Springs Island Park on the Santa Fe River
Set 4 of 4
May 12, 2014
- We retired to our cabin around 11:30, with plenty of time to sleep before the next day's adventure. Because why waste a good trip to High Springs? RIGHT? The Canoe Outpost was right there, just ten minutes away!
Mar 17, 2012
- My flexible plans for this 3 day weekend included paddling this stretch of the Santa Fe, something I only did once before. That was a pre Yak Tales paddle. I paddled all the way to Highway 27 and back.
Rum Island Photography