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Morrison Springs is an old spring with a history of blasting away archways to prevent more accidents from divers who got lost and stuck.

Name Dive Site:Morrison Spring
Depth: 19-59ft (6-18m)
Visibility: 13-59ft (4-18m)
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Morrison Springs is a great fresh water alternative to all the salt water open ocean dives near Panama City. The pool is located to the east of Pensacola and flows right into the Choctawhatchee River. From Ponce de Leon you head southeast for five miles until you see a sign that directs you into the park. It is one of the largest springs in the area and has a diameter of three hundred feet. It was privately owned until 2004 when the Walton County state bought the land and created a park out of it. It consists of dense cypress trees covered with Spanish moss and makes a perfect spot for picnicking as well. The park, admission is still free, has a dive shop for renting equipment, some showers and some simple snack machines.

Supposedly there are three cavities at the bottom of the spring pool with one reaching depths of three hundred feet. As the spring was known for its huge number of fatalities, the county's sheriff had an one hundred feet deep archway blasted away in 1968. Today, Morrison Spring is a shallow fresh water basin with a nice sandy floor covered in eel grass. Once you enter the center of the spring you will find two caverns suitable for recreational divers. The larger cavern starts at thirty feet deep and has a large tree trunk inside. The smaller one starts at forty feet deep and has a size of forty feet long and ten feet high, but is especially pretty because it is literally filled with eels. The underwater visibility can be low and murky but divers report that sight is often better inside the caves. You will find many eels, some pike, catfish, bream and hardly any algae. It can be crowded with student divers but nevertheless it is a great daytrip out of industrial Pensacola.

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