Blue Spring Run to Stay Closed During the Summer 2024

According to the Blue Spring State Park website, the Blue Spring Run will be closed to all in-water activities effective Monday, April 1, 2024.

That means visitors will be unable to swim, go tubing, paddle, snorkel, or scuba dive in the run or springhead.

The spring is typically open to water activities from April to November. It closes during late fall and all winter to provide a warm winter refuge for manatees.

There is currently no set date when the run will open again. It may remain closed throughout the entire summer, fall, and winter. Hopefully, the project will be a success, and the run can open again in Spring 2025.

During the closure, the spring run will receive some much-needed TLC to stabilize the shoreline and restore the habitat. Work will also be done on the various docks along the run.

Jessica Meinhofer, owner of Walk and Paddle, with her husband Robert launching their paddleboard and kayak at Blue Spring State Park in Orange City, Florida.
Robert and I launching inside Blue Spring State Park on St Johns River.

Paddling is still available along the St Johns River, The Lagoon, and other waterways. Paddlers can launch within Blue Spring State Park or at French Landing. For details on various paddling route options, please go to Discover the Magic of Paddleboarding at Blue Spring State Park.

Visitors still have plenty of activities available within the park, including camping, birding, hiking, wildlife viewing, picnicking, and boat tours. For more information on what to do in the park, visit my blog post: A Family Adventure Awaits: Discover the 14 Best Things to Do at Blue Spring State Park with Kids.

Blue Spring State Park is also planning some new and fun events for 2024. You can find out about upcoming events via the following:

You can stay updated on the Blue Spring Run by signing up here for emails (and a few freebies) and visiting the Blue Spring State Park website.

Pinnable image showing Jessica Meinhofer, owner of Walk and Paddle, with her son on a paddleboard at Blue Spring State Park.
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