Morrison Spring, Walton County

Morrison is still clear! Enjoy it while it lasts, as rain is expected this weekend and the river is already a bit high. It’s so clear, in fact, that you can see the picnic table some jerks decided to sink near the training platform (see pics below).

Morrison Spring, Walton County

The visibility at Morrison is 30’+! It may not stay that way, as there was almost an inch of rain last night and other area waterways are showing elevated water levels. Morrison is clear down the run to about the lily patch, past the boat launch. The safety buoy is still not reinstalled in the main spring basin. Lots of little fish in evidence, a few turtles, damsel flies, and a big bass.

I took this leaning out of my kayak, don’t judge!
I also took this by sticking my arm in the water!

Morrison Spring, Walton County

After a night of thunderstorms it is blustery and cool at the spring. However, the visibility is the best I’ve seen in awhile! The water is a nice turquoise color because it is possible to see all the way to the white sandy bottom in all the shallower parts of the spring! Without getting in the water I estimate 15-20’+ for visibility and the water is clear all the way down the run to the boat launch. However, due to all the rain, the river level may come up and back up into the spring at some point this weekend. Fingers crossed that it doesn’t!

Morrison Springs, Walton County

Reader MG reports: “Morrison is clear with at least 12′ of viz. I was down there around 9am on Friday. I saw a ~3′ gar and a school of mullet. There is a fair amount of pollen/dirt/debris/oil slick in the shallow areas and an algae bloom in the swamp. Dock SCUBA entry is probably the best bet. The county hasn’t yet replaced the safety buoy that Hurricane Michael ripped up, so be mindful of power boats in the spring basin if diving. There currently isn’t any sign from the health department about high bacterua levels.”

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Wakulla Springs, Wakulla County

Water the color of coffee that has been left in the office coffee pot all day, but not at all surprising considering the rain that has been falling on the Florida Panhandle.

This is the only time I have ever been to Wakulla and not had crystal clear water in the shallow areas around the margins of the spring basin and down the run into the river and wildlife preserve.


I did get to see two manatees while on the boat tour. Boat skipper Kat (Cat?) gave by far the best tour I have had on many visits to Wakulla. There were of course lots of small alligators and water birds in and around the spring, and it was lovely despite the lack of clear water. I did not see Joe Jr. on this visit.