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Spring Characteristics

Qualities of this spring
Spring NameMessant Spring
Alternate NameMessinger Spring
General Location5 miles northeast of Sorrento
Section, Twsp, RangeLand grant Sec. 37, T. 19 S., R. 28 E
Magnitude2
TypeSpring
Multiple VentsNo
Age of Water 40-70 years
Source AquiferFloridan Aquifer
Public or PrivatePrivate

Location

Messant Spring is about 5 miles northeast of Sorrento.

The spring is located on private property and permission must be obtained from the landowner prior to visiting the spring.

Description

Messant Spring discharge issues from a conical vent about 15 feet in diameter at its top, tapering to about 4 feet at its bottom. A rock ledge extends out at a depth of 20 to 25 feet on the north side of the hole. A horizontal cavern opens under the ledge. The spring forms a circular pool about 45 feet in diameter, with a gentle boil at the pool surface over the vent. The sides of the pool are steep, sloping rapidly to the cavern opening in the central part of the pool. Flow from the pool is east down a run about 20 feet wide and 5 to 6 feet deep. The run meanders eastward for about 300 feet and then turns southeast to ultimately discharge to Blackwater Creek (Rosenau et al. 1977).

The spring is situated in open hardwood, palm, and pine woods at the edge of low sand hills to the west. Vegetation is thinned and forest debris is cleaned from around the pool and spring run to improve access, yet a natural, undeveloped appearance is retained. The run meanders eastward for about 300 feet and then turns southeast to ultimately discharge to Black Water Creek (Rosenau et al. 1977).

Utilization

It is unused except for watering livestock. The water from the run flows into Blackwater Creek.

Contact Information

The spring is located on private land, and permission must be obtained from the landowner to go to the spring.

Historic Information

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