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Portions of the following information were taken from Florida Geological Survey Bulletin 66.

From the SR 71 exit off I-10, head south on SR 71 approximately 0.5 miles (0.8 km) to the intersection with CR 280A. Turn west (right) onto CR 280A and drive approximately 0.9 miles (1.5 km) to the boat landing on the Chipola River. Launch boat and travel approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) upriver (north). Maund Spring is located on the east side of the Chipola River.

Description - Maund Spring has a 30 ft (9.1 m) diameter spring pool. Clear, bluish water issues from a steep-sided limestone fissure near the center of the pool that is approximately 10 ft (3.1 m) in length. Depth measured over the fissure is 29.6 ft (9.0 m). Many tree limbs have collected within the spring. There was a very slight boil over the fissure in September 2003. The bottom is sand and limestone, and it is laden with algae. Maund Spring has 5 to 8 ft (1.5 to 2.4 m) high clay banks. The spring run flows 200 ft (61 m) west into the Chipola River. It averages 1.5 ft (0.5 m) deep and 12 ft (3.7 m) wide, but its width constricts to 5 ft (1.5 m) down near the river. There is an old, overgrown field to the northeast a short distance from the spring. The spring is surrounded by heavily forested private property.
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Latitude: 30.74612
Longitude: -85.2159
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Maximum Depth: 70'
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Date Submitter Visbility Remarks
5/12/2012 Ryan 30 ft The spring run was low but my Canoe made it into it. The vis was low but it was a great cave. Made it to the 5th T where we turned. The flow inside the cave was very low and it is very easy to get into a silt out.
2/19/2012 Iowa Cave Diver 50' Great dive, well worth the boat trip... spring run was slightly flowing, extremely clear. Basin was clear until we stood up in it, but cleared quickly. Moderate flow coming from first restriction, near zero flow once inside on mainline. didn't make it past the first "T" twice due to gear issues, but first 100' of cave was great (50' viz) and of course the lovely layer of insulation type fungi on the floor, makes for a low/no viz situation quick. Lot of rain that night, might not be too good anymore.
12/24/2011 Bil Lindstrom 40 ish First time in. Same entry conditions as above. Little or no flow, good viz. Lots of insulation on the floor. Great dive and a nice boat ride to it as well. Water levels are low at the spring head as one might expect, given the Chipola river levels in general.
3/12/2011 Glenn Van Vliet 30ish First time in the system and really enjoyed it. Did not have to remove a bottle for either of the two restrictions at the entrance. Old exploration line in there so watch it closely. Saw an albino salamander and lots of albino crawfish in first few hundred feet. Orange bacterial mounds on walls and some had broke off on floor. Flow almost nothing. Great dive.
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