Ginnie Springs - Part II
Water in Ginnie Springs is unbelievably clear - giving rise to the place's name Ginnie - as in Gin-clear water. Visibility is well in excess of 100ft. Water tends to be on the cooler side for swimming, low 70-75F, but when it's 90F+ degrees outside, cool water is just the ticket!
Ginnie Springs - Ginnie Springs is a recreational area/watering hole and also an entrance to the Ginnie underwater cave system. There are several springs that flow out of the ground and into the nearby Santa Fe river. This makes the place very popular for tubing along the river and generally horsing around in the fresh clear water of the springs. The springs - Ginnie Spring, Devil's Ear and Devil's Eye, and Little Devil, are also entrances to the vast underwater cave systems. A word of caution - DO NOT enter the underwater caves, or even the caverns that are the entrances to them, unless you are trained for it. Cave diving is one of the most dangerous types of scuba diving and requires very extensive training, equipment, and experience to even be attempted. WAY too many untrained divers have met an untimely death by going beyond their limits - we don't need anymore. But if horsing around in the water is all you're after, Ginnie is a great place to be. They do charge admission, but it's a fun place. You can camp there, there's a store that will supply you with everything from rental tubes and canoes to air fills and scuba gear, and the facilities tend to be maintained fairly well.
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