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Suggestions for Spring Diving in Panhandle

Discussion in 'Florida' started by RyanT, Jan 19, 2017.

  1. RyanT

    RyanT ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Maryland
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    I'm going to headed down to the Florida Panhandle for a week or so and I'm interested in suggestions for spring diving. I contacted Morrison springs and they said the vis was quite bad as a result of runoff from the recent rains. Does anyone know if Vortex is less affected by rain run-off? Likewise, if anyone has suggestions for other springs in the panhandle, I'd love to hear them. Thanks!
     
  2. sealark

    sealark Contributor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Pensacola Fl.
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    The only other one is Morrison springs. I am not sure if they are open or not been many years since I have been there.
     
  3. sealark

    sealark Contributor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Pensacola Fl.
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    Just googled them they are still operating.

    Address: 874 Morrison Springs Rd, Ponce De Leon, FL 32455
    Phone: (850) 892-8108
     
  4. Skeptic14

    Skeptic14 Contributor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Va
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    Vortex shouldn't be as affected by rain, you can look at this website National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service for the river level for Morrison, it's currently 8 feet which is pretty bad and with more rain expected in the next few days it'll only get worse in the short term. If that level is under five that means it's probably good.

    Edit:

    There is also Jackson Blue in Marianna FL, that's another 45 miles east of Vortex, I'm not familiar with that site though.
     
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  5. RyanT

    RyanT ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Maryland
    2,184
    2,042
  6. sportxlh

    sportxlh Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: formerly Palm Beach Gardens, FL: now Atlanta
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    Morrison is a fun dive if conditions are good. If not, Vortex is only 10 minutes away and it has a full service dive shop. Vortex is a commercial enterprise with campgrounds, swimming area, etc. Morrison is a natural setting and a county park
     
  7. uncfnp

    uncfnp Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: North Carolina
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  8. RyanT

    RyanT ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Maryland
    2,184
    2,042
    I'm not familiar with Jackson Blue, thanks for the suggestion @Skeptic14 and @uncfnp! I'll definitely check it out :)
     

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