Mosquito Springs is located within the Ocala National Forest approximately 8 miles (12.9 km) west of Deland. From the SR 44 turn north onto SR 42 and drive approximately 0.3 miles to the junction with Crow’s Bluff Road. Turn east (right) onto Crow’s Bluff Road and travel approximately 0.2 miles to the boat landing on the St. Johns River. Launch boat and travel north (downriver) approximately 5.6 miles. The spring run enters the St. Johns River from the west near Deadman’s Bend.
Latitude 29°02'11.33" N, Longitude 81°26'04.99" W
Mosquito Springs Run is a 3rd magnitude spring with a series of vents in the main pool and run. These vents are labeled 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. The spring head is at the bottom of a steep ravine. The ravine around the pool and run slopes upward 8 feet into a hardwood forest. The spring pool is about 20 feet long by 10 feet wide with two vents that issue water from limestone. Vent 1 is in the south part of the pool and vent 2 is in the north part. Green algae and white sulfur-reducing bacteria are present in the pool and there is a hydrogen sulfide odor.
The run, 4 feet wide, 0.8 feet deep, and 0.5 miles long, flows northeast into the St. Johns River. About 140 feet down the run, a tree can be used as a bridge to walk to the other side of the run to sand boil 3, situated in a small run on the south side of the main spring run. Sand boil 4 is in the main spring run about 20 feet toward the northeast of sand boil 3. The ravine becomes less steep downstream and the run flows into a broad wetlands area. Sand boil 5 is in a seepage area to the south-southeast of vent 3.
The area around the spring is undeveloped but there is a camping area in the upland area to the east of vent 5.
This spring is located on public property in the Ocala National Forest. For information contact
Ocala National Forest
Seminole Ranger District
40929 State Route 19
Umatilla, Florida 32784
Phone: (352) 669-3153