Manatee springs and catfish hotel

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St. Augustine
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200 - 499
So on Thursday I went to manatee springs for the first time to check it out , we entered at catfish hotel and went upstream and as soon as I rounded the corner at the bottom of the cavern I felt the flow and boy was it pumping lol tied in and went up gold line ( not far at all ) then Turned the dive. We then poked around in the cavern. And then did a quick peek in the headspring to see it. I wanted to say that I was informed by the ranger while checking in to not do the traverse from catfish to manatee which I knew but thought was good that they are telling people ( as stated due to safety review by ranger ) . After seeing this it really puts it into perspective the physical work that the recovery divers did a couple years ago and that is humbling.


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Manatee is either a great scooter cave or a good swim dive if you happen to pick the perfect conditions. I was in once where there was zero flow. Manatee is connected to the gulf and is affected significantly by tides

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