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Blue Spring is Missouri’s sixth largest spring with a discharge of 90 million gallons of water per day. The azure blue depths of Blue Spring reach 310 feet making it Missouri’s deepest spring and among the deepest in the United States. Dissolved rock such as limestone and or dolomite, along with the influence of the deep depth of the spring and the blue of the sky, give the spring its blue color.
Blue Spring is a Missouri Natural Area, a special designation given to areas of outstanding beauty or scientific interest. The area around the spring is managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation, while the Current River and the surrounding area are administered by the National Park Service as part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Blue Spring is located just off the Current River near Owls Bend, an area that historically supported a mill that produced gunpowder and a river ferry which was the only way across the Current River until 1975.
The area surrounding Blue Spring was once used for a lodge and retreat until 1960.
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