In early June, Zachary and I rented a canoe in Vernon from Old Cypress Canoe Rentals to check out Holmes Creek and Cypress Spring. Vernon is about 45 minutes from PCB. Late May/early June was pretty wet for NW Florida, so the creek was quite a bit higher than normal and muddy. Nevertheless we were pretty excited to get in a canoe again, we hadn't been in one since moving to FL. The creek is typically fairly clear under normal weather conditions.
Besides seeing saw palmettos in the undergrowth in the woods, you would think we were on a river in WI.
Padding upstream on a tributary to Holmes Creek, the dark muddy water suddenly went crystal clear. We found Cypress Spring. Beautiful shades of turquoise blues and greens.
The spring itself is quite deep, about 75 feet at its opening. It is only accessible by boat, but it is still quite popular with the locals, boating in to swim, dive and just experience a natural treasure.
Even though these pictures don't show it well, it was surreal to see all the cypress roots crystal clear underwater, along with the plant life and fish.