LOCATION: Near Owls Bend off the Current River, and 5 miles west of Eminence, MO.
SIZE: Ranked the 9th largest spring in the state with an average discharge of 81 million gallons/day.
OWNERS: Maintained by the Missouri Department of Conservation and in cooperation with the National Park Service.
**Dive access is limited to those who obtain a research permit.**
DIVING HISTORY: Blue Spring really lives up to it’s name. At times the water clarity here is remarkable. The OCDA began exploration here in the fall of 2004 by adding new survey line down to the old 1995 reel at 260 feet. Aside from the last 50 feet all old line was removed for safety reasons as it was all over the place.
Shortly after entering the system one travels to the deepest known point at 276′, at which the passage rises back to a hill at 210′. The system then drops again. Further exploration in November of 2008 lead the team up and down again to a restriction at 2,100’/245′ depth, but this was surpassed in 2010 to reach a new record of penetration. To date, Blue Spring has been surveyed to 3,721′.
NOTES: Natives called the spring “Do-Ge-Ke-Thabo-Bthi” or Spring of the Summer Sky. The area first came into possession of a logging company in the 1800’s, but was later purchased by Richard G. Hager in 1925. After passing down the family Blue Spring became a sportsmen’s retreat and lodge. It is mentioned by Leonard Hall in his famous float book, Stars Upstream. The MDC came into possession of the property in 1960.
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