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FishFood
01-13-2008, 10:53
Well, temporarly atleast:

Morrison Springs is Dead - ScubaBoard (http://www.scubaboard.com/forums/deep-dixie-divers/216835-morrison-springs-dead.html)

For those that havent heard about the grant and furture improvements to Morrison:

News (http://pcbdownunder.com/springs/morrison.htm)

Here's why it's closed right now:

News (http://pcbdownunder.com/news/news.htm)

Puffer Fish
01-13-2008, 11:22
I guess I am not surprised, and they would launch boats right over the top of divers.

There was also a fair amount of questionable hunting going out of that site.

Hopefully, we gain a better, nicer place, with the loss of the freedom to do anything you want.

Wonder how long it will take to spend $500,000 and how much it will cost to enter the part after it is done.

Queen
01-13-2008, 12:22
I guess I am not surprised, and they would launch boats right over the top of divers.

There was also a fair amount of questionable hunting going out of that site.

Hopefully, we gain a better, nicer place, with the loss of the freedom to do anything you want.

Wonder how long it will take to spend $500,000 and how much it will cost to enter the part after it is done.

Hey Puffer...not to hijack the thread but can you tell me where your avatar pic was taken please??

FishFood
01-14-2008, 20:29
I didn't untill just now fully grasp what they are doing to the place:

THe new parking lot will be on the outside of the old gate. Yes, that'll be a good hike to the water...

A boardwalk will go around the spring, and have an observation deck above the boil!

That's insane. Crazy! Biggest waste of money...

UCFKnightDiver
01-14-2008, 20:36
fish food ever been to blue springs sounds exactly like that or cherokee sink up near tallahassee

mwhities
01-14-2008, 20:38
I guess I am not surprised, and they would launch boats right over the top of divers.

There was also a fair amount of questionable hunting going out of that site.

Hopefully, we gain a better, nicer place, with the loss of the freedom to do anything you want.

Wonder how long it will take to spend $500,000 and how much it will cost to enter the part after it is done.

Hey Puffer...not to hijack the thread but can you tell me where your avatar pic was taken please??

At Morrison Springs in the river basin.

mike_s
01-15-2008, 11:50
Hey Puffer...not to hijack the thread but can you tell me where your avatar pic was taken please??

At Morrison Springs in the river basin.


That was my guess also.

pcbdownunder
01-31-2008, 20:04
Hopefully people can go visit my news page for information about the plans for Morrisons Springs. News (http://pcbdownunder.com/news/news.htm) only a couple of dead trees in the middle will be removed and the new additional parking area was placed on the right before you went into the old gate and it was the pine trees that was bulldozed and not the cypress or old oak trees. I will try to shoot some video this weekend to give everyone an idea what is going on.

pcbdownunder
02-01-2008, 18:22
Just posted a video taken of the Morrison Spring project today to my website Morrison Springs (http://pcbdownunder.com/springs/morrison.htm) or News (http://pcbdownunder.com/news/news.htm)

FishFood
02-01-2008, 18:30
Just posted a video taken of the Morrison Spring project today to my website Morrison Springs (http://pcbdownunder.com/springs/morrison.htm) or News (http://pcbdownunder.com/news/news.htm)

Hey PCB. I believe i had a chat w/ you at St Andrews a couple months back. Good job with the website. Keep us update :smiley20:

UCFKnightDiver
02-02-2008, 21:17
isnt morrison springs in florida... whys it in this section

FishFood
02-02-2008, 21:26
isnt morrison springs in florida... whys it in this section

The Florida panhandle is really just an extension of Lower Alabama.

hoobascooba
02-05-2008, 13:57
although under construction, is Morrison still at least diveable?

mike_s
02-05-2008, 14:44
although under construction, is Morrison still at least diveable?

I think your question is "can you still access it while under construction?"

Via Land - Maybe, depending on what construction is going on.
Via Water - Yes, reportedly by Bugman you can swim upstream about 100 or maybe 150 yards from the boat ramp. (from other posts he made).

Not ideal conditions to dive there right now though......


as of today, it's in flood stage at 12feet. You'll want to dive it when in about 6 feet or less on this chart (if my memory serves me correctly)
Note: use the feet indicator scale on the left of the chart, not the kcfs on the right)

Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service: Tallahassee: Choctawhatchee River at Caryville (http://ahps.srh.noaa.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=tae&gage=carf1&view=1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1)


http://ahps.srh.noaa.gov/images/ahps2/hydrographs/carf1_hg.png

hoobascooba
02-05-2008, 14:53
although under construction, is Morrison still at least diveable?

I think your question is "can you still access it while under construction?"

Via Land - Maybe, depending on what construction is going on.
Via Water - Yes, reportedly by Bugman you can swim upstream about 100 or maybe 150 yards from the boat ramp. (from other posts he made).

Not ideal conditions to dive there right now though......


as of today, it's in flood stage at 12feet. You'll want to dive it when in about 6 feet or less on this chart (if my memory serves me correctly)
Note: use the feet indicator scale on the left of the chart, not the kcfs on the right)

Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service: Tallahassee: Choctawhatchee River at Caryville (http://ahps.srh.noaa.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=tae&gage=carf1&view=1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1)


http://ahps.srh.noaa.gov/images/ahps2/hydrographs/carf1_hg.png


thanks a bunch for this bit of info... I was wondering how to tell if driving all the way to Morrison just to find out it's flooded, and that I'd have to settle on Vortex, would even be worth it.

I bookmarked the link.

FishFood
02-12-2008, 10:01
I took some pictures while I was down that way this weekend. I think I cried some...

When I took these pictures the water was at 11ft. Notice the boardwalk is about 1ft above the water. So, when the water goes back down, itll be 8-9ft above the water, but when the river floods, it could get up to several feet UNDER the water... HAHAHA

Better yet, i bet when the water goes down theyll keep building one foot above the water... a sloping boardwalk :smiley36:

BTW, i didn't see any "No Trespasing" signs, and no one was there working. (Saturday) If that keeps up it's still divable when the water goes down. Youll have to park at the gate and walk around it then down to the water. Its a pretty far distance, but doable.

FishFood
02-24-2008, 12:35
The river is now at 13.5ft. That's 1.5ft above flood stage. The boardwalk is probably under water now. heh...

Lake Diver
03-01-2008, 22:49
how do you think Morrison will be around April 5th? We are planning on staying at Vortex and want to dive Morrison as well...coming from Oklahoma and Texas!!

Chris

FishFood
03-02-2008, 08:39
how do you think Morrison will be around April 5th? We are planning on staying at Vortex and want to dive Morrison as well...coming from Oklahoma and Texas!!

Chris

Lake Diver, bookmark this webpage:

Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service: Tallahassee: Choctawhatchee River at Caryville (http://ahps.srh.noaa.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=tae&gage=carf1&view=1,1,1,1,1,1)

It's the water level of the river that Morrison flows into. 5ft and below is a great dive. 7-8 Is probably divable. Above 8ft, viz will be 0. Unless the river has been consistantly high for several several days, in which case morrison settles back down and 7-10ft is divable (sometimes). Im still trying to figure it out myself :smiley36:

I highly doubt it will be open, however. So, youll have to dive it on the weekend (no workers) and either walk around the gate or swim from the boat ramp downstream.

aprilgoddess1987
04-10-2008, 17:23
any news on when its being opened again

b1draper
12-08-2008, 11:13
Morrison was flooded out. I sent a guy down to see how bad the vis was and he said it was dark water with near zero vis all the way down to the cavern enterence.

I taked to the guy from Parks and Rec about the "No Diving" signs. (this is the guy that put the signs up) The sign means no diving head first into the water. He said when they gave him the signs he questioned the management and they said these are ment in the same fasion as the ones at the county pools. Scuba diving is allowed he's been there when there were classes and everything.

The "park closed" signs mean don't use the facilities. I told him about the roumer of divers being ticketed and he said that they can't ticket you because you havent done anything wrong. Now, this is from the guy that installed the signs and he should know what the intent was. Walking through the park is acceptable as is parking at the boat ramp and swimming to the spring.

They are installing a bouy line for the spring head to keep boats out of the area. They are also installing ladders. The bouys and ladders are in the office to be installed and those are items that ARE NOT holding the opening up. DEP has to come out there and they've been putting the county off. The Parks and Rec dept is very frustrated and they know we are also.

When is the park opening? As soon as DEP gets on the stick and inspects the water quality of the drinking fountian. However from what the Parks and Rec guy said we can dive there.

pcbdownunder
01-23-2009, 09:59
I talked to Commisioner Scott Brannon's office this morning, they told me that plans are to open the spring by the end of next week? Feburary 1st. They are saying the permit for drinking water well is the hold up.

FishFood
01-23-2009, 18:17
I talked to Commisioner Scott Brannon's office this morning, they told me that plans are to open the spring by the end of next week? Feburary 1st. They are saying the permit for drinking water well is the hold up.

:smilie39::smilie39::smilie39:

They've given several dozen dates to open in the last... however long it's been.

I do hope this is the one though.

pcbdownunder
02-23-2009, 15:09
Finally there is hope!
I received a phone call from Scott Brannon's office this morning and an email from Christopher Mitchell, Public Information Officer containing the official news release. You can go to my news page at: http://pcbdownunder.com/news/news.htm (http://pcbdownunder.com/news/news.htm) to read the whole article.
Glen from PCBDOWNUNDER

pcbdownunder
03-02-2009, 08:08
The Ribbon cutting Ceremony was Thursday February 26, 2009. You can view the entire ceremony by going to my website: Morrison Springs cavern and cave diving Ponce De Leon FL (http://pcbdownunder.com/springs/morrison.htm)
It is now official Morrison Springs Park is now open!!!!
Glen from: Scuba diving in Panama City Beach Florida scuba diving videos and dive spots (http://www.pcbdownunder.com)