Devil’s Spring System
The Devil’s Spring System is home to three separate springs: Devil’s Eye, Devil’s Ear and Devil Spring (“Little Devil”), which together produce nearly 80 million gallons of water daily.
Ginnie Springs enforces a strict No Lights rule here. Only certified cavern or cave divers may enter the water at the Devil Spring system while carrying dive lights. This helps prevent untrained divers from going any place where their lack of training, experience and specialized equipment could get them in trouble.
Devil Spring (also known as “Little” Devil) is a four-foot-wide fracture at the head of the Devil Spring system run. It is 50 feet long and almost as deep. Divers who descend to the bottom of this crack will be rewarded with a breath-taking view as they look skyward.
Even from the very bottom, it is not unusual to look up through the clear water and be able to count the leaves on the trees over head. Devil’s Eye is a round opening, 20 feet across and equally deep. At the bottom is the entrance to a small, intricately decorated cavern. Certified divers may enter the cavern and explore up to the limit of what they can see, using available sunlight.
Devil’s Ear is a canyon-like opening located where the Devil Spring run joins the Santa Fe River. At the bottom of this opening, water gushes from a cave opening with nearly fire-hydrant-like force. Although the water in the Devil’s Ear basin is generally crystal clear, it is common for it to be covered with a thin layer of tannin-stained river water. This phenomenon enables divers to sit in the basin’s clear water and look up at the sun and trees through a unique, stained-glass effect created by the river water.